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Newcastle: Predicted Magpies XI to face Everton

Newcastle United host Frank Lampard’s Everton side at St. James’ Park tonight as they attempt to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Magpies are currently sitting sixth in the table and they could end the night in fifth if results go their way, although they are four points short of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

Eddie Howe’s men come into the match off the back of a 0-0 draw away at Manchester United in the top-flight on Sunday, after winning their two games prior to that.

They now have the chance to taste victory again as they face the Toffees, who are one point off the relegation zone and have only won twice in the division.

How many changes will the manager make from the goalless encounter at Old Trafford? Here is Football FanCast’s predicted XI for the game…

We are predicting that Howe will make three changes to his team, with Matt Targett, Elliot Anderson, and Joe Willock replacing Dan Burn, Jacob Murphy, and Sean Longstaff.

Firstly, Targett could come in at left-back to offer more of a threat on the overlap than the ex-Brighton titan. The £19k-per-week centre-back, Burn, has provided 0.3 key passes per start in the Premier League this term, whereas the former Aston Villa dynamo has created 1.75 chances per start so far.

Therefore, Howe could improve the attacking output of his team by making this change and that is why the summer signing could be reinstated on the left.

In the middle of the park, we are predicting that Willock will be brought back into the team after being on the bench against Manchester United. He has started nine of the club’s ten league matches so far this season and Howe could bring the midfielder, who he claimed is “desperate” to score, back in after resting him at Old Trafford.

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Finally, Anderson could finally be unleashed from the start. He has made five substitute appearances in the top flight and the head coach may now decide to hand him his full debut in the Premier League.

Jacob Murphy and Ryan Fraser have both struggled out on the left side, with one goal and zero assists in six starts between them, and Allan Saint-Maximin remains out injured. This means that the door could be open for the Scotland youth international to be given his chance to prove that he belongs at this level.

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