Steve McClaren has just announced the Newcastle team for the tough home game against Everton this afternoon and both Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic start this game and come in for Siem de Jong and the injured Papiss Cisse respectively.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Ivan Toney
Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Ramiro Funes Mori, Leighton Baines; Tom Cleverley, Gareth Barry (c); Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Joel Robles, Brendan Galloway, Darron Gibson, Muhamed Besic, Leon Osman, Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Kone
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Ivan Toney is also on the bench today after returning from his short loan spell at Barnsley.
Newcastle will play an orthodox 4-4-2 system with our two young strikers up front – and we need some goals today.
Last season we won this fixture 3-2 and it turned out to be Alan Pardew’s last match in charge of Newcastle – so lets hope we can get another win – we need one.
This is what Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has said about today’s tough game:
“The draw las week was frustrating,” “But we’d have taken seven points before the Liverpool game at the start of December so now we move on to Everton.”
“They are a very good team with good players and a real balance to the side as well. They lost to Leicester last time out but, other than that, they are in good form and are usually a hard team to beat.”
“Roberto Martínez has done a terrific job in the three seasons he’s been there and they are a really tough side for any team. He’s shown that Everton have the ability not just to get into the top ten, but to challenge for Europe as well.”
The fans are pretty well split on the result of this game.
Let’s hope we see a good performance and a win.
Howay The Lads!!