How Everton must line up when they host Newcastle on Monday
Everton will look to boost their chances of securing a top-eight finish at the end of what has been a largely disappointing Premier League season when they host in-form Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Monday night.
The Toffees would have been targeting seventh spot just a few weeks ago, but Burnley’s fine run of form coupled with the fact that they have taken just two points from the last nine available mean that eighth is now the best they can realistically hope for.
The latest of those points came in a 1-1 draw against top flight strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend, with Kyle Naughton’s own goal in the first half being cancelled out by Jordan Ayew’s 19 minutes from time to give the Welsh club a share of the spoils, subsequently leaving the travelling fans frustrated and calling for Sam Allardyce’s head.
Despite their impressive home form in 2018, Allardyce’s men certainly won’t find it easy to pick up all three points against the Magpies, who have won four straight Premier League matches to surpass the magic 40-point mark and to lie just one point adrift of their opponents on Monday.
The manager made one change to his side against the Swans from the previous draw in the Merseyside derby as Idrissa Gueye replaced Tom Davies in the XI, and the 63-year-old could be considering making more alterations against the Toon and to start to give other fringe players a chance to impress for next season, given their campaign is ultimately over.
Here is how Everton must line up against Newcastle, ahead of Jordan Pickford in goal…