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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