Newcastle started their campaign in a humiliating fashion but Rafa Benitez managed to pull back his side back on winning ways at the right time. Although they are still in the danger zone, at the moment they aren’t any mood to return back to the second tier. The last match had Magpies did suffer defeat after losing 2-0 at West Ham and that broke their two-match winning streak. However, they lost only two of their last seven Premier League matches and those two defeats came from some of the top teams of the table. The first of those wins came against Huddersfield with 2-0 followed by a similar 2-0 win over Burnley.
Benitez is facing an anxiously awaited decision of Sean Longstaff making a comeback after a knee injury.
Probable Line-ups: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie; Diame, Hayden, Perez, Almiron; Rondon.
Marco Silva did make Everton’s campaign a bit complicated in the beginning but the former Watford boss finally made the changes in the summer that had put the team back on track but still, they need to overcome their faults. Last weekend, they dismantled their arch-rivals Liverpool at home and prior to that it was convincing 3-0 win at Cardiff but they managed to clinch just four wins out of their 16 Premier League games is a huge worry. Marco Silva’s side lost six of their last 10 in the league and won just three times as well. Now they stand at a 10th place in the table with only six points above Newcastle. It only goes to conclude that Everton’s recent away form is a bit shaky and it’s noteworthy that each of their last three wins on the road has come against teams firmly embroiled in the relegation battle.
Marco Silva is looking to make a way for Richarlison and Andre Gomes in the starting XI, both having begun the Merseyside derby on the bench.
Probable Line-ups: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin.
PLAYERZPOT PLAYING XI:
Newcastle’s form looks to dominate Everton but we can expect Everton to take charge in the first half but the second half belongs to Newcastle’s attacks.
PLAYERZPOT SCORE PREDICTION:
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-1 EVERTON