Newcastle v Everton – Match Preview

Demba Ba (Newcastle)Newcastle reflect on the Christmas period mourning what could have been. After gut wrenchingly losing at Old Trafford 4-3 to a Javier Hernandez sucker punch, they again managed to lose scoring 3 at the Emirates a few short days later.

In the end the victory was more comprehensive for Arsenal than maybe it should have been as Theo Walcott took the limelight and certainly put his case for a new contract in the headlines again.

The Magpies know that they are tiring and will be desperate for new faces in January and with Mathieu Debuchy on his way that will be a welcome relief.

Demba Ba reportedly had unsuccessful talks with Chelsea over a move during the transfer window and Alan Pardew has demanded that this saga is put to bed immediately as it begins to affect the team morale. He has continued to score goals, but whether he will start after the last round of speculation is a hot topic of conversation on Tyneside.

Newcastle have been shipping goals and Williamson needs to forge a partnership alongside Coloccini if they are to have any chance on Wednesday night.

Everton on the other hand will be looking to continue their charge towards European qualification and the top four.  The return of Marouane Fellaini will be a huge boost and will for sure bring a lot to the side with his aerial and physical ability. He also remains their top goalscorer.

The Toffees though will travel to the North East hoping to see out the result this time after letting Newcastle twice get back in the game in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

The injury lists remain pretty lengthy for both sides. Newcastle remain without Steven Taylor, Cabaye, Ryan Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa for the immediate future. Danny Simpson has sustained a toe injury and is expected to be out for the next 3-4 games so Perch is likely to fill in.

Everton will have to make do without Phil Neville, Tony Hibbert, Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas as they are all on the injured list. Gibson came off with a thigh strain against Wigan on Boxing Day, but should be fit and Fellaini returns from a three match suspension.

Steven Pienaar’s goal for Everton against Chelsea on Sunday was his club’s fastest in the Premier League since 2008 – when Yakubu netted after 47 seconds against Portsmouth, and they will hope to get off to a flyer here too.

Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Everton

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