Kevin Keegan has made a total of four changes to the side which was beaten by Chelsea on Monday afternoon, and we’re pleased to see Andy Carroll handed his first ever start.
The 19-year-old has so far made five substitute appearances this season, but will start for the first time this afternoon, alongside captain Michael Owen in attack.
Carroll comes in for the injured Mark Viduka (Achilles).
One surprise is that Alan Smith has come in for Oba Martins up front, who is not even on the bench. We had expected Kevin to start Smith – but in place of Viduka and we had expected Oba to play.
Joey Barton (bail conditions) and Geremi (?) are also missing, and Charles N’Zogbia and Damien Duff in the team in their place. This could be Charles’ last game for the club, since we believe he will move on in the summer.
17 year-old Ben Tozer is named to the bench for the very first time, while Peter Ramage is also on the bench. He will be leaving Newcastle in the summer. As we expected 17 year-old rising young star Lua Lua is also on the bench.
So we have 3 of our most promising youngsters, either playing, or on the bench this afternoon in Carroll, Tozer and Lua Lua.
But this is not as good a team as the one we fielded gainst Chelsea, but Kevin has given some some players a chance, and if they can win it will be an excellent performance.
Everton: Tim Howard, Joseph Yobo, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Phil Neville (c), Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Yakubu, Manuel Fernandes, Lee Carsley, Victor Anichebe
Subs: Leighton Baines, Thomas Gravesen, Daniel Gosling, Stefan Wessels, Jack Rodwell
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steve Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Alan Smith, Michael Owen (c), Alan Smith, Andy Carroll
Subs: Fraser Forster, Claudio Cacapa, Peter Ramage, Ben Tozer, Kazenga LuaLua
Referee: Peter Walton