We will assume that Papiss Cisse is out of the game on Boxing Day with the groin injury he picked up in the first half against Aston Villa, which ended up in a disappointing 1-1 draw.
So it would be great if Newcastle can get their third win in four games against a good Everton side on Saturday. if only to make up for the loss of 2 points against the bottom of the league side at home.
We have a feeling that Siem de Jong will hold his starting position in the team and that 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic will get the nod to replace Papiss Cisse up front and show us what he can do – like scoring some goals against the Toffees.
The other change we’d like to see – but that Steve McClaren will probably not make for Saturday – is to give 20 year-old Kevin Mbabu a start at left back for local lad Paul Dummett.
Paul has struggled for a number of games now and just couldn’t hold Rudy Gestede when he came on just before the hour mark in the game. last Saturday.
Kevin has played well in the first team when he’s got his chance and we’re hoping he will get a start on Saturday and if not Saturday then maybe at West Brom on Monday afternoon.
Jamaal Lascelles has just returned to training this week and could be on the bench on Saturday.
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Mbabu
Wijnaldum Anita Colback Sissoko
Subs: Darlow Dummett Lascelles Tiote Gouffran Thauvin Perez
Cheick Tiote is back fit again and he could get a start on Monday afternoon at the Hawthorns in place of either Anita or Colback in central midfield.
What would your team be for Boxing Day?