Everton have done well in their last three games since Sam Allardyce took over as manager of the club.
They beat West Ham 4-0 then beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 before drawing 1-1 at Liverpool last weekend – three good results for the Toffees who are now in 10th place on 19 points 4 points and 6 places above Newcastle.
One negative is that big Sam usually does well when he brings a side to the club he once managed for a short eight months.
Here are what three prominent pundits are predicting for the game tomorrow at home to Everton.
Most of the pundits are going for a 1-1 draw tomorrow night and given we have one point out of the last 21 that’s a good result.
Here’s what the pundits think.
Mark Lawrenson (BBC)
“You have got to give Everton credit for the way they stuck at it in Sunday’s Merseyside derby and ended up getting the draw that they came to Anfield for.”
“When I was watching Newcastle’s defeat by Leicester, I sat there thinking which players from Newcastle’s starting XI would get into Leicester’s team.”
“The answer was none of them would, which tells you a lot about what Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is up against there.”
“With the run that Newcastle are on, with just one point from their past seven games, getting anything from this game would represent a bit of progress.”
“Everton have already achieved that since Sam Allardyce arrived at the end of November, on the back of a 4-0 win over a very poor West Ham side in David Unsworth’s final game as caretaker.”
“The Toffees are unbeaten in four matches now in all competitions, and will have been lifted further by the way they got their point against Liverpool.”
Paul Merson (Sky Sports)
“Newcastle are in a bad way, losing six out of the last seven. This will be a draw, and I expect Everton to sit back a bit.”
“Newcastle really have to go for it, but they will leave themselves open at the back like they did against Leicester, but Everton are nowhere near as good on the counter as Leicester.”
“I cannot separate these two.”
Michael Owen (Bet Victor)
“Newcastle don’t have the best of records against Everton losing six of their last seven games and the Magpies have only picked up one point from their last seven league games.”
“Rafa Benitez will have been disappointed to concede three at home to a good Leicester side at the weekend and they must improve defensively if they don’t want to get embroiled in a relegation battle.”
“That said Everton were poor at Anfield despite picking up a valuable point on Sunday and Benitez has never lost a home PL game against the Blues.”
“I expect that run to continue midweek although both sides may have to settle for a point.”
We’d take a draw for sure – but if we are to pull away from the bottom of the table we need to get wins and all 3 points in games like these.
More than half the Newcastle fans think we will lose this game tomorrow.