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  • 13 May 2012
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - Newcastle Preview: Visitors fighting for Champions League as the Toffees aim to finish above Liverpool

The Magpies must win and hope Tottenham and Arsenal drop points in order to finish third, whilst Moyes' men need all three points to guarantee seventh ahead of their local rivals

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Osman, Fellaini, Gibson, Cahill, Pienaar
Jelavic

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon

Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Cisse, Ba


Everton will be without Jack Rodwell due to a hamstring injury while Victor Anichebe will also miss out with a groin problem.

However, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson and Phil Neville all resumed full training this week and are in contention to return to the starting line-up.

Alan Pardew will again be without defender Danny Simpson, who was ruled out for the remaining two games with an ankle problem, and Leon Best did not travel because of a thigh injury.

Danny Guthrie is set to return to the squad and should make the bench for the game after overcoming his calf problem.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches, currently the longest such run in the league.
  • The Toffees have had 17 different goalscorers so far this season, a joint best along with Arsenal.
  • David Moyes' men have the third-best defensive record in the league, only the two Manchester clubs have conceded fewer goals than Everton this season (39).
  • Newcastle's Demba Ba (pictured right) is yet to score in a league game in which he has started alongside his fellow countryman Papiss Cisse.
  • Papiss Cisse has 13 goals in 13 Premier League games since arriving on Tyneside in the January transfer window from Freiburg.
  • Newcastle are the only team who are yet to score an own goal in the Premier League this season.


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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
9Demba BaStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
16Ryan TaylorDefender
31Shane FergusonDefender
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
Players to Watch
Nikica Jelavic
Nikica Jelavic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
3 2 2 0
Whilst his impact has not been as spectacular as Newcastle's Cisse, Jelavic has found the net 8 times in twelve league games for the Toffees since arriving in January and his team will again rely on his clinical finishing on Sunday.

The Croatian was wrongly denied a goal by an offside flag last week against Wolves and with European Championship ambitions of his own, he will want to impress Croatia boss Slaven Bilic and finish the campaign with a bang.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
After being named in France's preliminary squad for the European Championships, Ben Arfa will want to put on a eye-catching display for their coach Laurent Blanc.

The Frenchman's first goal for his club came in this fixture at Goodison Park last year. While providing a constant attacking threat with his pace and dribbling skills, his presence on Newcastle's right flank should also occupy Leighton Baines and reduce the threat of the Everton left-back hurting Newcastle down that side.
Prediction
Newcastle responded to their 4-0 defeat at Wigan with a sensational win at Stamford Bridge and it would be hard not to back Alan Pardew to get a similar reaction out of his players following the loss to Manchester City.

With the Champions League within their grasp the visitors will hope to avoid any slip-ups in order to put the pressure firmly on Tottenham.
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