Everton vs Newcastle – Match Preview

The last thing we want to see tomorrow is a defeat at Everton, as that would only bring more doom and gloom to Tyneside, and bring the so called doom and gloomers out in full force – so a draw would be a good result and a win just fantastic  – and exactly what we need to lift the spirits of Geordie fans.

But it’s hardly going to be easy for a Newcastle team that is hit by injuries to some of our best players – like Tim Krul and captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Alan Pardew had said yesterday it was too early to tell how Newcastle will do this season, after just three league games have been played, although we certainly haven’t made as good a start to the season as we did last year.

We went the first 11 league games of the season unbeaten last term, and went past mid-November before picking up our first defeat at Manchester City 3-1, and we picked up an excellent 25 points in the process, with 7 wins and four draws.

This is what the Newcastle manager said yesterday:

“The point I was trying to make was that after 10 games all Premier League managers will look at their teams and see what deficiencies are in the team, and what is working well.”

“It’s then up to you to get those deficiencies corrected as you go into the next period of games because those are the ones that will matter.” “I don’t think too many teams are going to win at Goodison this season.”

“Likewise, I hope there won’t be too many away wins at our place.”

We’re assuming Cheick Tiote, Danny Simpson, Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul are not available for tomorrow’s game, although there seems to be a slight chance that Colo could make the game, and of course Ryan Taylor is out for several months with his ACL injury – so this is the team Alan Pardew could pick for tomorrow night’s game:

Anita Taylor (S) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Bigirimana Cabaye Gutierrez
Demba Ba Cisse
Subs: Elliot Perch Gosling Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh)

A variation of that could see James Perch – the great Perchinho – come in at either right back or central midfield, and the Newcastle manager may prefer to play James at Goodison Park for the added experience, and start the very promising 18 year old Gael Bigirimana on the bench.

The keys to this game are that Newcastle can play solidly in defense, which now has three of our starting back five missing tomorrow night, with Simpson, Krul and Coloccini all out.

And we have to hope that our two top strikers, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, can get on the goals trail, and convert those half chances into goals – as they showed they can do last term.

Everton are in top form, but they have also been hit by injuries, and their manager David Moyes had this to say about Newcastle today:

“People can say what they like in terms of where Everton are compared to Newcastle.” “Alan and Newcastle did a really good job and deservedly have found themselves in Europe this year.”

“I thought they did great last year as they kept it going when a lot of people thought they would fade away.” “For a long time they were very close to being a Champions League team. But we have been in strong positions.”

“They finished above us last season. You are only as good as your last one and in the last one they did better than us.” “Over the years we’ve done pretty well with the resources we have available to us.”

The Toffees are 5/6 odds-on favorites to win this game, with Newcastle at 10/3 and the draw at 5/2, and certainly Newcastle will do well to take anything at all out of this game.

Darron Gibson is injured and misses the game tomorrow night with a thigh problem, while Stephen Pienaar, back again at Everton after a dismal spell at Tottenham when Harry Redknapp hardly played him, had to withdraw from the South African squad in the International break, and it’s not clear whether he will be available or not.

And Alan Pardew will be serving the first game of a two match touch-line ban, for pushing the linesman (I suppose we call them referee’s assistants these days) in the first game of the season at St. James’ Park, when we hammered Spurs 2-1 – well we at least won it. 😀

It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow night, no doubt about that, and we’ll be happy to take a point out of this game.

Let us know how you think the lads will do tomorrow night.

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87 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #1

    no cabaye then?

  • Slank

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope Pardew doesn’t pick your team Ed as there is only 10 of them !

  • solihull mags

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #3

    ……Cabaye will also play in midfield. Really tough match for the lads.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #4

    heh heh 🙂 sorry ED was Demba supposed to be Cabs?

  • Slank

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #5

    That’s better Ed.

  • Super Magpie

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #6

    I will not be happy if we play that team.
    Like I said we NEED to play 4-5-1.

    We’ll get beat if we don’t.

  • niafron

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Re post.


    I do time to time smoke some excellents things. But it’s not the problem here.

    Iniesta and Xavi aren’t playmakers as i heard it. For me, they are 8 not 10.

    They are players totaly dedicated to the team. The way they play is about moving the ball quickly as if it burn their feet.

    Wich is perfect in the spanish way. But the true playmaker…

    THis is different. THis is the captain, the leader, the boss, the Chefe, the capo di tutti capo.

    Le Champion.

    The guy who take the ball and who keep it as long as he need to break the defense.
    The guy who’s always looking the pitch as an eagle with his teamates runing all around him.
    The guy who initiate all the attacks, the alfa and omega of the offensive movement for the whole team.

    This is a more individual view of football, i concede it, but sometimes, you see a genius and you know this is the only way to field him cause no other player could atone to him.

    And when Barcelona is in trouble, this is exactly what happen.
    They put away their beautifull team play and they rely essentially on Messi, their “go to guy” as the americans say.

    Well, this Zidane’s game against Brazil in 2006:


    This is a real playmaker.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    A point and I’ll be happy like

  • Slank

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Whilst I think Bigi is a tremendous prospect I think it’s too much to ask for him so early in his career to be the only defensive holding player. I also think playing Anita at full back is a waste. His talents are in midfield.

    I would play a 4-2-3-1 formation:

    Tavernier – Saylor- Williamson – Santon
    Anita – Perch
    Ben Arfa – Cabaye – Marveaux

    We need to take control of the midfield by blunting their midfield with Anita and Perch. This should enable Cabaye to play a forward looking role to release Ben Arfa and Marveaux who are more than capable of getting past their man (or men).

    I think we will win.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Well written niafron @7. I admire your style. I still wonder how important Hatem will be to us. Will Pardew find a formation that will allow him to play at his best? Surely we have to get him working more closely with Ba and Cisse and then we will be able to beat anyone on any given day. Looking forward to more creativity from Pardew to unleash Ben Arfa.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Zizou is probably my all time favorite player like. He is a magician with the ball

  • nufc786

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #12

    hear hear niafron

  • toonking

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #13

    well ed if he does play the line up you have guessed, theni can’t see us getting even a point because once again cabaye will be wasted as a CDM hba will get closed down so easy because of the lack of movement in the centre while the front men will not want to get too tired as one is sure to start thursday.

  • Willo

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Santon Perch Saylor Fergie

    How about that? And where has Abeid gone off to? Bigirimana and Sammy off the bench please Mr. Carver.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #15

    OK – I initially missed Cabaye out – a mistake – but he’s been a bit invisible so far this season. 😀

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Anita Saylor Willo Santon
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Jonas Marveaux
    Ba Cisse

  • niafron

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I just took a look on the league’s table. We need a win tomorow.

    Anyway, got to go.

    Bonne soirée messieurs.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheeky cheeky Ed! 😉
    While your on hiw are you feeling these days Ed? Im on the mobile version of the site so dont get your health updates hope your well

  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    I’d take a point no probs.

    Very tough game.

  • toonking

    Sep 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #20

    one thing that must prove ba and cisse ddon’t fit in the same team is when senagal left ba on the bench why else would he be on the bench when he scored as many goals as cisse last season.
    mr carver do me a favour and show pardew when subs should be brought on rather than bringing them on very late in game.

  • hoppernufc

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21

    If we start with ba and cisse upfront there’s not much point watching the match as we won’t win

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Wow dembas getting alot of stick why? Both him and cisse have been working hard to create space and make themselves chances out of nothing as our midfield, apart from benny, have been missing creativly in the last couple of games in mean ffs the lads have had no service this season and for some reason thats ba’s fault, what a load of bollox

  • toonking

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23

    ed for a guy who puts load on the blog about players linked to and from newcastle i am suprised there is not a one about santon whos agent say he would prefer a move to series A
    but the chances are you very busy with otherthings and still do well with stories you do give.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed done one about santons agent yesterday look back at the articles

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Ha ha lol.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Damnit! I really don’t like the Spurs 🙁

    Ohh well lets get a won tomorrow so I can get something else on my mind 😀

    It is going to be a difficult game against Everton no doubt about and I don’t see the silver supremo changing much even though one might argue that change is good sometimes…

    4-4-2 it is tomorrow, maybe 4-5-1 at best which probably might be a good idea.

    If Tiote is still injured I would actually like to see a midfield like this from left to right:

    Jonas ____ Cabaye ___ Benny ____ Bigi ____ Obertan

    With Benny operating as and ACM and Bigi as the cleaning lady between the defense and the midfield.

    Another solution could be:

    Jonas ____ Cabaye ___ Benny ___ Anita ____ Obertan

    Benny still as an ACM, but Cabaye as a deep lying pakermaker; maybe I even like that one better 🙂

    What to you guys think?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #27

    * won = win 🙂

  • mattyNUFC

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #28

    i chose ‘lose’ only because of this article

    Pardew is building us, the fans, up for a loss

    while Moyes basically says even with limited resources they should take this one.

    Given it is an away match, pardew intimates every time he speaks that we need to brace ourselves for the worse so the blow is seemingly lessened if the worst transpires. pretty annoying if you ask me

  • mattyNUFC

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    worst* autocorrect

  • jasper

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #30

    I really do hope that AP plays only one of Ba and Cisse on Monday and the other on Thursday. They will never function as the 2 in 442 as neither is happy to have the ball played up to him with his back to goal. In this respect neither is as good as Best and nowhere near Ameobi as a hold up players. Both get bumped and pushed around by even an ordinary CB – they have been found out in that respect. If AP wants 442 it should be Ameobi starting. HowevervI subscribe to the view that 4231is what would suit his squad and also give the CFs a rest.
    I go to all the home games and the striking thing was that Cisse has been making run after run but because in the absensecof an advanced CM the midfield are so far away they either didn’t make the pass or hit it from such a distance that all the advantage lay with the defenders.
    For Cisse to function we need someone to be in position to pass to him from much closer – such as Cabaye did in the last Swansea away fixture last seasons, or to be getting behind the defence and crossing the ball along he 6yd line.
    Which is another problem. With so many “wrong foot” players going down the line and then cutting in (and Simpson unable to beat his man) there are very few crosses from the byline for Cisse or Ba to poach. We have to get round the back of the defence more, presumably by having players on the side of heir stronger foot.
    Lastly we must do something about corners and free kicks. I cannot recall the last time we looked like we might score from a corner. I do hope to see something new on Monday in all these respects but I am not going to hold my breath as I fer AP will stubbornly insist on both Ba and Cisse and only use subs less than 10 mins from the end……

  • toonking

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    TADS i am not calling them rubbish myself.
    what i am saying is both them together is wasting a space because they are far too much alike, we all saw how good ba was up until christmas but once cisse arrived ba was moved out wide so became annoyed while cisse became the new goal scorer now he has gave in to him by allowing him a central role while also keeping cisse there which probably relate to the no 9 shirt he has. The problem is, it’s making them both fight over who attempts the shots, but it does not end there because cabaye is playing more of a DM role HBA is being closed down so easy while jonas is not that good will giving service.

    basically what most will be annoyed with is ba’s stubberness when he was moved out wide so now we think we might as well just play one of the two also ATM they are the only two decent fowards we have so we need to rest one for europa league games.

  • toonking

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #32

    sorry ed i must have missed it because i was only on briefly yesterday.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Anybody know how our super sleuth Mr Carr never got that Butner on our radar,I know one game in the Prem is nowt to go by but if he’s good enough for united how come we never spotted him with this new policy of ours.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I just want Pardew to try dropping one of them for 1 game at the least just to see how we do. After the European championships allot of teams are flooding the midfield trying to emmulate Spain or Barcelona. I have always said that I have no problem in us playing 4-4-2 so long as the other tean is aswell. When other teams play 5 in the middle it effectively takes Ba & Cisse out of the game as they don’t get enough service IMO.

    Its not as if they dont get chances. I reckon Cisse could have had 3 goals this season. Went close against Spurs,missed a sitter of a header at Chelsea and should have scored against Villa. Ba should definitely scored against Chelsea to add to his one against Tottenham, so who knows maybe we just aren’t getting the breaks we did last season in front of goal ?

  • toonking

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #35

    well i am off now ppl but will be back prematch tomorrow.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #36

    For me it’s not so much that Ba and Cisse are a like (I don’t really think they are) 🙂

    The main problem is that we don’t create enough chances to justify having two strikers in our starting 11.

    A secondary problem you could say it that we don’t really have the right players for a 4-4-2; Cabaye and Benny are not utilized to their maximum and we don’t have conventional wingers, but more what you could call inside forwards.

    If Pardew do want to play something in the vein of 4-4-2 he would have to push both widemen forward so they will operate as inside forwards; it would probably be more of a 4-2-4 as Brazil made famous in the late ’50s.

    I don’t know if he’s up fot that? 😀

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Dont get me wrong, i think only one of them should be playing especially with 7 games in 20 days but i think its harsh that people are blaming ba for this, i think the whole thing has been blown out of pre portion, ba saying he’d like to play more centrally is no different to benny saying he’d prefer not to play RW, anita saying he prefers CDM or perch saying ideally rb i just think its very narrow minded people saying he’s selfish and if he dont like flog its just stupid tbh

    Dunno how we missed him but in all fairness i dont think we did much scouting in the dutch league last season! 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #38


    the trouble is in one sense we have an abundance of riches with Ba and Cisse. This could be to our advantage though because if we rotated them we would always have a real threat coming from the bench.

    Ideally you would have both on the pitch at the same time but it doesn’t work for us or Senegal in a 442 as has been well chronicled.

    It does work in a 433 but Ba has made it clear he wants to be the main man in the middle.

    Fair enough but then play Ba in a 433 with a natural left sided player like Marveaux, Ferguson, Amaltifano or Sami, NOT Cisse who like Ba is a central striker.

    The more I hear from others I like the sound of the 4-2-3-1

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #39

    As i said mate i agree we shouldnt really be playing both i just think its harsh that ba is copping all the stick for it

  • hoppernufc

    Sep 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper- agreed our team doesn’t suit 442 at all we play way too defensive with cabaye and tiote sitting in front on the centre backs and jonas babysitting santon there’s no need for it, this is why we playing hoof ball because our team lacks movement and the whole squad plays us too deep.


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