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20 Apr 2018 by TSZ

Premier League In Focus – Everton vs Newcastle Preview

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When? Monday 23rd April, 20:00 (UK)

Where? Goodison Park

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available?

Everton - https://tickets.evertonfc.com/selection/event/date?productId=101132654916

Newcastle - SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Everton W4, Newcastle W1
Premier League meetings: Everton W19, Newcastle W17, D9
All-time meetings: Everton W72, Newcastle W65, D34

EVERTON

Predicted line-up: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Walcott, Rooney, Bolasie; Tosun

Unavailable: Stekelenburg (Injured), McCarthy (Injured), Mangala (Injured), Holgate (Injured), Sigurdsson (Injured)

Doubtful:

NEWCASTLE

Predicted line-up: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy; Perez; Gayle

Unavailable:

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
With both teams not only in the top half of the table but also all but assured of Premier League survival, there will be reason for a relative party atmosphere at Goodison Park on Monday night as Everton play host to Newcastle.

For Sam Allardyce it will be a case of job done as he has pulled the club clear from the drop zone after a nightmare start to the campaign under previous incumbent Ronald Koeman. The football may not have been pretty at times, but it certainly has been pragmatic.

Whether that is something that the Everton fans have been all that happy with is up for debate, but they can at least take solace in the fact that for all the money that they spent last Summer, they are not going to be an EFL Championship outfit next time around.

If Allardyce has done a good job at Everton then arguably Benitez has done an even better job with Newcastle, especially as the side came up from England’s second tier last season with many subsequently tipping them for a quick return.

That coupled with the under-investment that Newcastle have received as of late just makes the work of Benitez and his players even more impressive. The task now is to finish as high up the table as possible and earn more prize money which can then hopefully be used this summer.

With not a great deal to play for in this clash, you could excuse both teams for already dreaming of their holidays and with very little to split them, this is a meeting that looks well set to end with honours being even.

MEMORABLE MEETING
September 2013 saw these two teams play out a thriller at Goodison Park, one which saw the hosts come out on top. Everton raced into a three-goal lead after a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a strike from Ross Barkley.

At that point, Everton probably felt they had proceedings all wrapped up, but Newcastle at least made a fist of in the second half as goals from French duo Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy made it 3-2 to set up a tense finish.

However, try as they might, Newcastle just could not find that all-important equaliser as Everton held on to earn all three points in front of their own fans.


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