Newcastle play Everton tonight at St. James’ Park, and since we cannot seem to win away from home this season, we had better start winning our games at home, although Everton will be a tough team to beat tonight.
But Newcastle will have a stronger side out tonight than we did on Saturday at Arsenal, and Vurnon Anita has recovered from his severely bruised ankle, and Mike Williamson will be back after serving his one match ban for picking up five yellow cards on the season – and he missed the Arsenal game.
Danny Simpson has a broken toe which could see him out for up top four weeks, and we think James Perch will likely start tonight at right back in his place tonight.
And talking about right backs, there are reports that Mathieu Debuchy will be at the game tonight, so it will be interesting to see if he is in the stands - which will probably point to his signing on at Newcastle in the next couple of days, which will be great news.
Everton are having a great season and are currently in 6th place with 33 points after going down 2-1 at home to Chelsea in their game on Sunday.
Newcastle will have one day rest more than the Toffees for this game so we hope our players don’t run out of stream again late in the game, as happened on Saturday at the Emirates, and a disastrous collapse from 3-3 to a heavy 7-3 defeat, with four goals conceded in the final 17 minutes of that game.
Earlier this season Newcastle were taken to the cleaners in the first half at Goodison Park, and we were behind 2-0 at the half, and it could have been worse, but then a great comeback with two goals from Demba Ba got Newcastle a well deserved draw that night.
With Vurnon Anita and Mike Williamson available this is the side that could start the game tonight
Perch Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Marveaux Anita Tiote
Cisse Ba Obertan
Subs: Harper Tavernier Bigirimana Ferguson Abeid Ameobi (Sh) Ameobi (Sa)
Key players for Newcastle will be Anita, Obertan and Marveaux, who have all been in good form recently, and of course we are hoping Demba Ba can get among the goals for Newcastle, even though this could well be his last game in Newcastle colors, as the media circus has already started for the January transfer window – and 33 teams are said to be interested in signing him.
And we’re a little tired of seeing our lads tire out in the last 20 minutes of recent games, so we hope they’ve had some good nights sleep this week, and are ready to go all out for the full game – because that’s what it will take to beat Everton tonight.
There may even be some good news for Newcastle for tonight’s game, in that both Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar are sais to be doubtful for this game, but the great Marouane Fellaini is back for the Toffees after serving his ban, and he could well be the danger man tonight.
Things are getting a little worrying at the moment with Newcastle’s precarious league position, so we want to see an all out committed performance tonight, and we’d be disappointed if we cannot get all 3 points tonight, although we know that will not be easy.
Howay The Lads!!
Let us know how you think the game will go tonight.
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