It’s going to be a very tough game at Goodison Park on Monday evening, and it’s been made even more challenging because we will be without Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson, Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor for that game.
Former Newcastle midfield star Nobby Solanao has a new job as manager of Universitario in his native Lima, Peru, but we suppose he can check out the game on Monday night, because it’s being televised live around the world.
Goodison Park is not a happy hunting ground for Newcastle, but a defeat in that game will make it just four points out of our first four games, and that would not be very good, and we just have to hope the lads can take something out of the game.
This is what Nobby said yesterday about the Monday night game:
“This is a tough game for Newcastle against Everton.” “There are a couple of injuries to worry about as well, especially if Fabricio Coloccini is going to be injured or Tim Krul.” “But if Newcastle show the fighting spirit they did last season they can get something.”
“I think that Everton will be one of the main contenders to fight for a top-six place this season.” “So this is going to be a game everybody will be keen to see, and I’ll be watching from Peru as well.” “The next step is logically to move into the top four for Newcastle.”
“I think this is going to be very hard for any team with Man United, Man City, Arsenal and Spurs, plus Chelsea and Liverpool.” “But I said last year that if Newcastle show the momentum they can get there.” “The key is the home games first and foremost and then making sure the rotation for the Europa League is balanced correctly.”
The starting eleven for Monday night’s game looks to be something like the following:
Anita Taylor (S) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Bigirimana Cabaye Gutierrez
And that’s not too bad a side, and it could be that James Perch could come in for 18 year-old Bigirimana, or even Cheick Tiote could be fit, even though Alan Pardew is saying he will miss the game.
And we have to hope that Ba and Cisse start to get into some of their goal-scoring form, and a goal out of the blue from either of them would certainly help at Goodison.
That’s what Cisse produced for Senegal against the Ivory Coast during the International break, when he somehow managed to score with a header that looped over the goalkeeper – a fantastic effort by Cisse.
Certainly both Senegal strikers will be ready for the game, and if we can get some goals from them or the in form Ben Arfa, who knows, we may be able to take something out of the game.
What do you think?
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