Newcastle have a very important home game against Everton today that has a normal 3pm KO, and it will be a tough game.
However we feel that at the end of the game Newcastle should win reasonably comfortably.
Let’s see why.
We think Newcastle have a lot going for them today:
- Everton played on Thursday night in the Ukraine and should be tired, at least towards the end of the game.
- Newcastle had both a poor result and a poor performance last time out against Man City and will want to appease their fans (and manager).
- Newcastle are at home where they have won 3 and drawn one and conceded only a single goal while scoring 6.
- Cacapa will be back from injury and add both stability and experience to the defense.
- We have lacked creativity in midfield recently and Emre is back and ready to play having been the star man for the reserves on Tuesday night.
Right from the first whistle we expect Newcastle will be after Everton and fans can expect 100% effort rom each and very player involved. We think again the key to victory is a solid defensive performance because our attack should always be able to score goals. We donâ€™t know what the team will be, but hope Sam will include Enrique and Emre, which will allow our midfield to include creative players Nâ€™Zogbia and Emre.
We’d like to see Sam play a 4-4-2 formation because it always looks like we lose control of central midfield when we are playing 4-3-3, and don’t use the wingers we have effectively. We’re hoping that Enrique starts and that Milner and N’Zogbia are on the wings. If we play Emre in central midfield, that will give the Magpies a lot of attacking flair and creativity going forward. We have lacked flair this season in too many games.
In defense we should have probably our best back four playing in Beye, Cacapa, Rozehnal and Enrique. Sam has stressed this week about the fact that Everton will be tired from thair European jaunt, whether they show it initially or not. But eventually Sam reckons Everton will tire and we have to take full advanatge. Aston Villa beat West Ham United yesterday to go to 14 points and we can match them and go above Everton if we can win the game today.
Depending on some of the other results, it’s possible we could go back to 5th place in the league with a win. A defeat is almost unthinkable and a draw would be disappointing. Cacapa will return from injury and Faye, Enrique and Emre all came though the full 90 minutes for the reserves in their 2-2 draw at Man City on Tuesday night.
The readers of our Newcastle United Blog selected the following team for the game with Everton.
Beye Cacapa Rozehnal Enrique
Milner Butt Emre N’Zogbia
Subs: Harper, Taylor, Geremi, Smith, Faye
There is no Michael Owen in the squad but we half expect him to be named as a substitute becasue he has trained yesterday and Friday. But we certainly don’t expect him to start. Depending on the state of the game he may be brought on in the second half as a substitute. If he is brought on, we hope it’s because of what’s happening in the game and not becasue McClaren would like him to get playing time before the England game against Estonia next Saturday at Wembley. Both Michael and the club have lost enough over the last 20 months through bending over backwards to appease England’s wishes.
This is the last game before the international break and our next game will be two weeks tomorrow, when we entertain Tottenham at St James’ on 22nd October. We can help with Martin Jol’s problems by winning that game too. But first things first, and a win today is a great possibility for us – and we have to take it. We would predict a 2-0 win but a win and a clean sheet have to be the target against the Toffees.
Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, N’Zogbia, Enrique, Rozehnal, Taylor, Cacapa, Faye, Edgar, Beye, Milner, Geremi, Butt, Smith, Pattison, Viduka, Martins, Ameobi, Owen.
Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert, Stubbs, Lescott, Yobo, Baines, Valente, Arteta, Osman, Neville, Carsley, Pienaar, Anichebe, Yakubu, Johnson, McFadden, Jagielka, Wessels.
Finally we’d like to welcome the Toffees supporters to our blog, and although this preview is written very much from a Newcastle viewpoint, we invite your opinions and comments. Great result on Thursday night in the Ukraine.
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