Alan Pardew has said that he expects a tough game from Everton this afternoon, especially since their disappointing defeat by Championship side Reading, in the FA Cup at Goodison Park during the week.
Peter Lovenkrands – scoring great goal against Birmingham after 2 minutes
But last Saturday Everton had a rather easy home win against a toothless Sunderland side, who don’t seem to have the fight a side needs, when they get into difficulties, and the Toffees won 2-0 going away, and it was the 4th league defeat in a row for the Black Cats.
But this is a sign of Everton’s inconsistency this season, although we do expect the good side to turn up this afternoon and give Newcastle a really tough game, but even then, if the Newcastle side can be somewhere near their best, the lads can still take the win.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“They are a team that will be wounded after the FA Cup defeat and will come to put it right. Knowing David Moyes as I do, he will be very, very determined to get a positive result at our place.”
29-year-old Shola Ameobi will start on the bench this afternoon, but it’s good to have him back, and he will be wearing the special mask that was fitted for him 9 days ago in Detroit, to protect his fractured cheek-bone as it heals.
Shola is not guaranteed a return to the starting line-up, and it appears that Pardew will stick with Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands as the two strikers, and they have both done well since being drafted in after Andy Carroll left, and Shola suffered his facial injury in early February.
Asked if the two of them would keep their places up front today Alan said:
“No, that’s absolutely right. Peter and Leon have done really well.” “They go into this game with the shirts and it is down to their performance to keep them.”
“But Shola is in and around it now, so they need to make sure they stay on their game.”
“He is a very good player. He has been stuck behind very, very good strikers here for a lot of his career and perhaps has not had as many games as he would have liked.”
“But he is certainly right up there with Leon and Peter and looking for a starting place, and that’s the competition you want.”
No game in the Premier League is easy these days, and today will be no exception, but it’s also a good time for a Newcastle win, because all 3 points will take us above Liverpool in the league on goal difference, at least until the Reds entertain Manchester United tomorrow afternoon at Anfield, when Andy Carroll is expected to make his debut at some stage of the game.
A Newcastle win will see us in at least 8th position in the league tonight, and even higher depending on how Bolton fare at home to Aston Villa, and Sunderland perform at the Emirates Stadium.