Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made four changes to the side for tonight’s game at Goodison Park, and it looks like we will be playing in a 4-5-1 formation, and crowding the midfield.
Alan Pardew has sprung a little bit of a surprise by playing Jonas Gutierrez in central midfield partnering Yohan Cabaye and Vurnon Anita, and Sylvain Marveaux comes in on the left wing, and Newcastle will play with only one striker up front – Papiss Cisse – with Demba Ba dropping to the bench.
This seems a little bit of a defensive move, but is meant to keep Newcastle in the game tonight, and Ba and Cisse haven’t worked too well in a 4-4-2 formation so far this season.
Mike Williamson comes in for Colo in central defense and James Perch is at right back, with Ben Arfa and Marveaux the two wide men, and as expected Steve Harper starts in goal for the injured Tim Krul, with Rob Elliot on the bench.
We need something out of this game tonight, but it’s a surprise that Ba is the one left out, since he’s looked better than Papiss so far this season.
Shola Ameobi returns to the first team squad on the bench, after recovering from his hamstring strain and James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling and Gabriel Obertan complete the bench.
Howay The Lads!!
Everton – (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Leon Osman, Phil Neville (c), Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe, Duffy
Newcastle United (4-5-1): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez (c), Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux; Papiss Cisse
Subs: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)