Newcastle vs Everton – Match Preview

If Newcastle can get at least a point in tomorrow’s game against Everton then they will remain in 3rd place in the Premier League through the two week  International break.

A win will see Newcastle move up to 25 points from 11 games, and since we have Man City, Man United and Chelsea in successive games after tomorrow’s, it would be great to get all 3 points against Everton.

And we’ve always thought Stoke City and Everton were similar teams,  in that they are always hard to play against, and their players just never give up.

So if Newcastle can go to the Britannia Stadium and come back with a great 3-1 win last Monday, logic would at least suggest the lads can also get the win tomorrow in front of over 50,000 Newcastle fans.

Of course things don’t always work out as simply as that in either football or life, but Newcastle put in an excellent performance last Monday evening and probably gained a lot of new fans because of that gutsy and hard working performance.

So if Newcastle can put in a performance close to what we saw on Monday night, there has to be at least a decent chance that Newcastle will remain unbeaten in the Premier League and even get the win.

Everton are not  going through a good time of it at the moment, and have just 10 points from their 9 league games played so far, and they are in 16th position in the league.

But they often have a slow start to the season and then pick up the pace as the season goes along.

We’ll have to hope that they don’t get a jolt tomorrow and get points out of Newcastle, and we have to remember that they beat us 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, so there’s some incentive for our players right there.

Newcastle still have an injury doubt with Cheick Tiote and Gabriel Obertan joins Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi on the official injury list, and the 22 year-old Frenchman will be out for up to four weeks.

We’ll assume that Cheick is fit and able to play in defensive midfield again for Newcastle, and it could be that Alan Pardew keeps Danny Guthrie in the side and plays him out on the right wing.

Other players who can play there include Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux, and we’ll plump for a starting position for Marveaux tomorrow afternoon on the right wing, although Jonas may move over to play on the right wing with Sylvain starting on the left wing.

This is the side we expect Alan to start tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Marveaux Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Ba Best
Subs: Eliott Santon Perch Gosling Guthrie Lovenkrands Ben Arfa

With Peter Lovenkrands not having been on the bench for the last two games,  we think he’ll make it there tomorrow afternoon, and will likely get some playing time in the second half depending on how the game stands.

The keys to the game are the following:

  • How Newcastle will deal with a 5 man Everton midfield, and if Alan Pardew plays 4-4-2 the onus will be on Cabaye and Tiote to fight it out for that central midfield
  • Whether Demba  Ba is still in the red hot form he’s been over the last 5 games when he’s knocked in 8 goals for the Magpies
  • We get another strong performance from the outstanding Newcastle defense

It will be interesting to see how Alan Pardew sets up the team to match Everton’s high work-rate and packed midfield, but there again we cannot remember when we saw such a hard working Newcastle side than we witnessed at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

It was a joy to see how our players quickly closed down the Stoke players when they lost the ball.

A similar performance tomorrow could see Newcastle get the win, and go into 2nd position in the league – well until Man United wallop Sunderland at Old Trafford later in the day.

In fact a Newcastle win and a Sunderland loss would be another satisfying day for Newcastle fans tomorrow, come to think of it.

We’d be satisfied with a point, and remain unbeaten and in 3rd place in the league, but we expect the lads to go all out for the win tomorrow.

And if we end up with 25 points from 11 league games – we’ll be pinching ourselves to ensure this is all real.

I sometimes think  this season that I must have died and gone to heaven,  and am still writing the blog, because Newcastle have been doing so unbelievably well this term.

Just a minute let’s pinch myself – ouch  that hurt –  so I must still be alive. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

86 comments so far

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1



    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I am going to start this movement right here and now if Guthrie plays RW over Marv or HBA then we’re on the pitch whose with me?

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #3

    that is nice feeling lol…

    on topic. would love a result tomorrow and see us in 2nd. would be great. love the toffees blog comments. one of my mates is a toffee and i dont think he would say this year they have a better team despite the entire blog thinks they do ha.. will be a good test of our consitancy. i said 4 – 0 on a previous post but really i think it will be difficult and it depends on so much it could go either way

    still im hopeful

  • giimps

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Hard game tomorrow but deffo do-able

  • G

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Everton always seem to start the season slow, and end up this time of year round the bottom end of the season. After that they tend to pick up the pace and do well, usually by the end of the season they are competing for a Europa League / Champs League spot. I think we should win this one, but if the trend of the past few years is continued, then they have it in them to hurt us. Lets not be complacent, and lets tear it up a bit and go 2nd (for a few hours anyway).

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #6

    amen G 😀

  • the_besty_show

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont see why it would be a terrible thing if guthrie started wide right, personally i wud prefer marveaux but playing guthrie will keep the team spirit of if you perform you will keep your place no matter what your name is

  • boater

    Nov 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Saha is the main worry – he can bang in a couple without blinking an eye..

    I would do cartwheels over a win, half expect a defeat after all the ‘go to city unbeaten’ talk.. but will go for a 1-1 draw.. Everton tend to do well at our place, and lunchtime KO’s are normally bad news for us..

  • YankeeToon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #9

    AP says he will be happy with a draw, secretly I think he knows that three points are ripe for the taking. If Moyes sits back and plays a game of who blinks first we will crush ’em because Newcastle’s central defense/goalkeeper are in form and Ba is netting everything he touches.

    On the otherhand if Moyes goes all out he is leaving the back three vunrable and by three I mean that Baines pushes foward so often leaving three to defend by themselves.

    My prediction is that we win by 2 comfortably with Cabaye netting one or getting a assist from run of play.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #10

    marvueax will star tomorrow on the wing cant say which one like.. guthrie will be benched if tiotes available but i suspect he will be left out and guthrie will start and i hope he does well just to prove the guthrie doubters wrong…

    he is a very good player!


    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #11

    But Guthrie wouldnt be keeping his place he would be taking Obertans

    If we play Perch at CB and he does well then Ba got injured you wouldnt stick Perch up front.

    Guthrie is a central midfielder not a RW. Best player for the job should get the RW spot and that isnt Guthrie

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Howay the mackems, I fancy a Newcastle 2nd place tomorrow night! Never thought I’d be saying that…

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #13

    @boats – i do worry about saha like, hes nippy and has gr8 forward run/pull back play as well as being direct and doing great often. i hope saylor rather than collo is marking him as collo will get left in the wrong position for some crosses

  • soundoid

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #14

    talk sport talking about the toon.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Looking forward to this, another “big test”, but this time, against Moyes everton, he’s probably the biggest tactician in the PL, so it’ll be a match player for player imo, as tactics will probs cancel eachother out.
    The team with the better players will win tomorrow.

  • the_besty_show

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #16

    think our two centre halfs can handle saha if their sharp, if drenthes on the right guttierez might have a fair bit of defending to do there with his pace, we need to try pin baines as far into his own half as possible and make sure osman doesnt get space in the hole, he can make things happen

  • UpTheRoad

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Mark Lawrenson has predicted us to lose again! We’re gonna win! 😉 Hopefully Marveaux will start! If we beat Everton..the mackems draw/win we go 2nd into the game vs Man City unbeaten vs another unbeaten side as a top of the table clash. I can dream..

  • brighter

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #18

    I always coming here first and foremost to study English and of course for NEWCASTLE when I open my PC.
    And i always hoping you going to be free from disease.
    Thank you very much Mr.Harrison.

  • UpTheRoad

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #19

    @Brighter I’m sure you’ve just made Ed very happy, great post 🙂

  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #20

    3-1 tomorrow ba two n marveux on his debut

  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #21

    What’s weird to think is we only need 6 more wins to achieve our first target of the season (40 points). Which we could easily get before the end of the year, meaning we could just push on from there.

  • Burzal

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Hey guys, been a long time lurker here. Firstly, check out this amazing interview in the freaking GUARDIAN with Cabaye.
    I’ve always thought Barton was a total waste of space and delighted we got rid of him regardless of his performances. This interview tells you just how bad Barton was in the dressing room, being aggressive to Cabaye!

  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #23

    no one else looking forward to seeing marveux i dont think ppl realise how good he is

  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #24

    hope cahill is tomorrow

  • Dannyo

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Very much looking forward to Marveux, his vision and techinical skill is exactly what we need in a match like this.
    Could be a blessing in disguise that Obertan is out imo.

  • YankeeToon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Can’t judge a player on a very small sample size, meaning number of League minutes. If plays like shit tomorrow doesn’t mean he is a shit player and on the other hand if he plays great doesn’t mean he is a great player. He needs a whole lot of minutes before I think anyone can judge, the same can be said for a number of our new players good, bad or indifferent.

    Must say though that every move AP has made seems to be the right one, Im sure this one will be no different.

  • the_besty_show

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #27

    i dont think many people are devastated that obertan is injured but i didnt wanna break up that team

  • LewSpi

    Nov 4, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #28

    A bit gutted for Obertan, after the open training session I commented saying he bossed the field and was beginning to look more confident, then sure enough against Stoke he played better and got at least one assist, maybe 2? I just hope he wasn’t beginning to snowball and has been knocked back.

    On the other hand I am very excited to see Marveaux get a good run out. What a delightful player he looks to be. And this means Pardew hasnt got Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Santon on the bench, it has free’d up one of his subs.

    I also believe Guthrie should keep his place, I am one of his biggest doubters, but in terms of the greater good, it sends out the wrong signals to fringe players if he’s brought off after playing so well. Everybody should be vulnerable to losing their place, even Tiote.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #29

    @ the last few posts… – id prefer obi.. he is progressing well. however i like the fact Marveaux will get his chance. i hope he takes it and his ability should make it happen as the guy’s just as amazing.. looking forward to the game and hope for the best ofc

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #30

    about Cahill… every team in this league hopes he isnt playing against them because he is bloody amazing. best ozzie in footy that ive seen for just about ever. but i think collo can control him, unless he does his magic.. saylor on saha and then we have a chance of a point. if our forwards hit class puerely then we have a chance to win and to win big. we shall see though

  • Dannyo

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Apparently, whats happening with Obertan, is that people are probably seeing now what Pardew has been seeing in training.
    So people are a bit gutted that Obertan is out, understandably so after his performance against Stoke. It should help us understand that Pardew makes planned decisions, and probably thinks about his players a bit more long term than we do.
    In any case, i’m chuffed to be seeing Marveux finally start, see his workrate, pace, technique and vision in play through 90 minutes.
    It’s what 90% of us has been waiting for, and now it comes.

  • Chinzaknuk

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #32

    With Obertan out and Tiote doubtful it’s great to see that we have great quaility available to replace them and then still have a strong bench.
    I think that a few short term injuries throughout the season will not be a bad thing as it will let others in the squad get a chance in the team to show their quality (it will be hard for AP to bring in HBA, Marveuax etc when the team is winning) and then when the injured are due back it’ll keep performances high as the new ones will want to stay in the team and the returning injured will want to get their place back…….great for the team overall

  • Brutooon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #33

    WWJBD : LOL, thats a good point there.

    1) Guthrie is NOT a right winger. His natural position is centre midfield. Simple as that.

    2) The right winger slot should be either HBA, Marveax and maybe Raylor (Santon took the left back position)

    3) If Demba Ba or Best can be our “5th man midfield” during defending then we be fine.

  • Burni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Ill say it again…. Whenever I come on here and ed has written his match preview… I start getting giddy…. Regardless of opposition. I would love for the team to continue in the same manner they have been playing like, it will make me VERY happy! I would love to see marveaux on.. Me mate keeps saying hell be better than HBA and I keep saying no way…. But what I’ve seen of Mary is that he is class! Also as others have said Guthrie should definitely play… He has been brilliant when he has played… Maybe he just needed a better team around him? I know everton are gonna be a really tough test so I couldn’t call the result. Just hope they play well.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #35

    brutoon – best was facked against stoke .. he may strat but he will be pulled oot in the 2nd half with hba coming on


    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Where has the idea Guthrie should keep Tiote out of the starting 11 come from? He was alright against Stoke but they dont play through the midfield rather go over it.

    For a team like Everton we need someone to break up play and stop them if Tiote is injured Guthrie can do a job but the ballerina is sure fire to start if fit


    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #37

    What do you mean Best was facked against Stoke? :S He was great for the whole match from what I saw

  • Brutooon

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Joppadoni : i agreed with WWJBD, he done well for us since January!

    Best lead the line alone 2nd half of last seasonn and score some decent goals.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #39

    I didn’t know this, but Best has been clocked in with a run reaching a little over 27 miles an hour, Obertan has been clocked only slightly faster…
    That was a shock for me!

  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Marveaux and Hba to start, it would send the signal out to the toffees that we are not pissing about!

    If I had my way abied would be on the bench to take over from Cabaye just in case!


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