There’s no doubt that Everton are a very difficult team to play, at any time.
Jonas Gutierrez – back from suspension for Sunday
Everton will be missing some of their players on Sunday and they include Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert, who both picked up their 5th yellow cards last week against Aston Villa, and will (thankfully) miss the game on Sunday.
Everton have also been very good on their journeys this season and in their 12 league games away from home, they have won 7 and only lost 3, so they will be coming to win the game at St. James’ Park.
On the good side, Newcastle have players coming back and Chris Hughton will have some selection problems, but this is the team we’d like to see Chris put out for Sunday:
S Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique
R Taylor Butt Nolan Guitierrez
Subs: Krul Cacapa Edgar Geremi Duff Ameobi Viduka
Hughton has a few things to mull over with his team selection.
Now that Gutierrez is available, Chris will have to choose from Jonas, Duff and Ryan Taylor for the wing positions.
Of course he could play Ryan at right back in place of his namesake Steven Taylor, and then play Jonas and Duff on the wings. Duff had a good game at WBA and has looked sharp during the last few games, so it would be a little unfair if he didn’t make the starting eleven on Sunday.
In attack Chris will need to select from Martins and Viduka, both fit again, Ameobi, who has a very good game against WBA, and new boy Peter Lovekrands. Andy Carroll is still not fit and Xisco is injured again.
We are going for Martins and Lovenkrands, because Peter looked so good at WBA, and we know Martins can score goals.
But Chris may want to start Lovekrands and Shola again, and bring in Martins at some time during the game. It will still take Viduka some time to become fully match fit, and unfortunately before then, Mark will probably get injured again.
Who makes the substitutes bench is also interesting and we cannot find room for Alan Smith, but we’d be surprised if Chris doesn’t find a place for him on the bench.
Our thinking is that we need Edgar and Cacapa as defensive reinforcements, in case they are needed, but Chris may well have Smith in there for Edgar, since Ryan Taylor can always play full back on either side.
So Hughton certainly has some selection posers for Sunday, and the bench will be strong, and will give Chris and Colin Calderwood some options during the game. That has to be good news for Newcastle fans.
Who do you think should start on Sunday? Let us know – comments welcome.