There’s a surprise in the team Alan Pardew will start this afternoon, as Steven Taylor has been included at right back.
Ryan Taylor is unavailable and starts a three match suspension for the red card he received in the draw with Bolton last Saturday, and defender Steven Taylor returns to the starting line-up.
Steven Taylor will slot in at right-back, with Danny Simpson pushing up, presumably to play out on the right wing, and we can only assume he has been impressive with his crosses in training. as he’s never played there in his Newcastle career.
We’re not sure who will take the free kicks and corners today, in the absence of Joey Barton, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Ireland and Danny Guthrie.
We had wondered if Alan Pardew would try to draft Steven in at right back, which of course he has played before, and indeed made his Premier League debut at 18 for Bobby Robson in that position on 28th March, 2004 against Bolton Wanderers.
Depending on the displays of Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson this afternoon, it could leave the way open for Pardew to play Steven Taylor at right back in coming games if Coloccini and Williamson continue their good form in central defense.
We think this is the best back four available for Newcastle right now.
It seems pity for Danny Guthrie with Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland all unavailable that he cannot get a start ion the Newcastle side, but he could get some playing time in the second half.
On the bench as expected will be Shola Ameobi – with his protective face mask – following the fractured cheekbone sustained at Fulham early last month, and Shefki Kuqi is also there because young Nile Ranger is out through injury.
Kuqi replaces the 19 year-old Nile Ranger, and youngsters Michael Richardson and Shane Ferguson are also on the bench.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Danny Simpson, Kevin Nolan (c), Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Michael Richardson, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson, Shefki Kuqi, Shola Ameobi
Everton (4-4-2): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Phil Neville (c), Jack Rodwell, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman; Jermaine Beckford, Louis Saha
Subs: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Seamus Coleman, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Shane Duffy, Jose Baxter, Victor Anichebe