Everton won their Europa League tie with Dynamo Kiev last night, when they won 2-1 at home in the first leg of their round of the last 16, and they play the return leg in Ukraine next Thursday.
John Carver – pressure is on Everton
But before that Everton will entertain Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon at home, and the chance Newcastle have is to catch Everton tired (and weary?) after playing last night, and they have another important game next Thursday.
It’s a good opportunity for Newcastle to get a very rare win at Goodison Park, and John Carver held his press briefing today for the game on Sunday, and he had this to say about the game:
“All the pressure is on Everton on Sunday. There’s none on us and we have to go there and express ourselves.” “Everton have 12 or 14 extra games than us and it’s draining from a physical and injury point of view.”
It seems that Everton are going through the same problems Newcastle had two years ago, when we played 14 games in the Europa League and reached the last eight without having a big enough squad and finally finished in 16th place in the league with only 41 points.
We were finally knocked out two years ago by the eventual losing finalists Benfica, who were beaten in the final 2-1 by Chelsea, and the Blues scored the winner three minutes into stoppage time.
Everton have had a poor season in the league, and they have only 28 points from 28 games, and it has to be a big chance for Newcastle to get a good result on Sunday – but whether we will take the chance remains to be seen.
One problem we may have is who will score the goals with Papiss Cisse suspended?
Only 32% think we will win the game on Sunday.
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