This is the lineup we predict Steve Bruce will select for tonight’s match at Everton. It features just one change from Saturday’s win against Chelsea with Matt Ritchie coming in for the injured Jetro Willems.
While it’s a risk to start some of the returning players with just three days rest, Bruce is likely to take the gamble with the FA Cup match against Oxford providing an opportunity for heavy rotation.
During his press conference yesterday, Bruce provided the somber news that both Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett were out for the remainder of the season.
He, however, did say that everyone else was close to a return but hinted that today’s match may be too soon for most of them.
It looks like we’ll still have at least 7 players unavailable with Andy Carroll facing a late fitness test.
Everton are in pretty bad shape as well, with three of their regulars ruled out along with the two long-term injured players.
Jetro Willems – knee, Javier Manquillo – hamstring, Yoshinori Muto – hip, Dwight Gayle – hamstring, Paul Dummett – hamstring, Ki Sung-yueng – undisclosed, DeAndre Yedlin – knee, Andy Carroll – hip (late fitness test)
Richarlison – knee, Alex Iwobi – hamstring, Gylfi Sigurdsson – groin, Jean-Philippe Gbamin – thigh, Andre Gomes – ankle, Michael Keane – neck (late fitness test)
Our poll shows that Newcastle fans are optimistic we can get a result at Goodison Park this evening. Only 30% of the 2,670 votes are for a Newcastle loss.
A win or a draw would be a very good proposition against this in-form Everton team. Either would get Newcastle to the 30 point threshold for the season.
That would be an excellent accomplishment in January considering the injury crisis this squad has suffered through over the past two months.
How Will Newcastle Do At Everton On Tuesday?
- Draw (35%, 944 )
- Win (35%, 936 )
- Lose (30%, 790 )
Total Voters: 2,670