How Newcastle must line up when they face Everton on Monday
Newcastle United will look to extend their brilliant winning run and boost their chances of securing an eighth place finish at the end of the Premier League season when they face Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.
The Magpies were in real trouble of being involved in a relegation battle just a few weeks ago, but four successive top flight victories have seen them surpass the magic 40-point mark that will guarantee their spot at this level for at least another year, and they can now start looking up the table rather than over their shoulders.
The last of those victories came as they beat Arsenal 2-1 at St James’ Park last weekend, coming from 1-0 down thanks to goals from the in-form Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.
Rafa Benitez’s men go into the match on Merseyside in 10th position and just one point and one place behind Sam Allardyce’s side, but despite the momentum they currently have it won’t be a simple task to extend their victorious run.
While the Toffees have sometimes struggled on the road in 2018, they have taken 11 points from the last 18 available on their own patch, and will be determined to finish in eighth too after what has been a hugely disappointing campaign following a big summer of spending.
Benitez has largely kept with the same XI in recent weeks seeing as there hasn’t been too many reasons to change things up, but the Spaniard may feel that he needs to make some alterations at Goodison in order to help his team pick up the three points.
Here is how Newcastle must line up against Everton, ahead of Martin Dubravka in goal…