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  • 5 November 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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Newcastle United - Everton Preview: Alan Pardew's men aiming to temporarily secure second place in the Premier League

Tyneside club suffered a 2-1 defeat at home when these two sides met last season, but they will now be looking to prolong their undefeated run in the top-flight


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor
Guthrie, Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez
Ba, Best

EVERTON

 
Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Drenthe, Rodwell, Cahill, Osman, Coleman
Saha


Newcastle United will now be without Gabriel Obertan, who impressed in the 3-1 away win at StokeStoke City after his mangager Alan Pardew confirmed he has suffered a toe infection. The home side also still have Shola Ameobi sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Cheick Tiote could return after a knee problem.

Everton have five players with injury related concerns, as Tim Cahill (ankle), Phil Neville (hamstring), John Heitinga (knee), Victor Anichebe (groin) and Slyvain Distin have all been in the treatment room.

However, David Moyes rates Neville, Cahhill and Distin's chances to play at better than even. The Merseyside club also have Marouane Fellaini suspended for the game. Royston Drenthe will be available for the Toffees after serving his suspension.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • When Everton beat Newcastle United at St James' Park in March, in ended a run of 8 trips to Tyneside without a win. It was also the last time Newcastle lost at home.

  • After three goals against Stoke, Demba Ba has now scored two hat-ricks for Newcastle this season. The only other player to achieve this for the club was Andy Cole.

  • Newcastle are one of two teams, along with Manchester City, who remain unbeaten in the league this season. In total, they have remained undefeated for 13 consecutive league games.

  • Everton, on the other hand, have lost four out of their last five league games and find themselves in 16th position.

  • Tim Cahill is currently on 199 Premier League appearances for Everton. But he will need to shake off an ankle injury to reach the landmark on Saturday.

  • Everton have gone seven league games without a clean sheet. This is their worst run since February. Away from home, they have only kept two in the last 12 months.

  • Everton have the best tackle success rate in the league, at 81.5 per cent, while Newcastle boast the highest goal-line clearances with five against their name.

  • Demba Ba has 13 Premier League goals in 2011. Only Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have scored more. He has scored four headers out of only having six on target.

  • It has been 37 games since Everton recorded a 0-0 draw.

  • In the last four matches between the two sides, there have been eight goals. Seven of them came in the first-half, while the other was netted in the first minute of the second half.

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Players to watch

D. Ba

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The French-born Senegalese striker has been the club's main man this season, netting eight times in nine games.

Ba's second hat-trick of the season secured a 3-1 victory away from home at the Britannia, labelled one of the hardest places to get a result.

In total he has scored 13 league goals in 2011 and few have been more prolific. In fact, only Frank Lampard (14), Wayne Rooney (19) and Robin van Persie (28) have achieved more this year.

Ba has stated his intention to keep on producing and improving for the Magpies, and will likely be looking to add to his tally.

R. Drenthe

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The midfielder, on loan from Real Madrid, missed the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United last Saturday due to suspension. The Merseyside outfit could have done with him in the tight game at Old Trafford, where they came close to gaining a point.

The 24-year-old may have given them that something extra to go on and get a draw or even win the game. The Dutchman scored a left-footed curling effort in Everton's last away game, which they won 3-1 against Fulham, and he also netted against Wigan on his debut for the club.

Even if he does not score, he still remains an important member of the squad; with Drenthe in the team Everton average a goal every 36 minutes whereas when he has been absent they have managed only one every 149 minutes.

Editor's Prediction

Newcastle are in excellent form this season, and have a chance of temporarily occupying second place ahead of Manchester United taking on Sunderland later in the day. With this as a motivation, it is hardsee Alan Pardew's men losing this one.

The statistics also suggest another possible goal-fest for the Magpies, with Demba Ba being in such great scoring form. Everton are on their longest run without a clean sheet, having not kept one since February.

In contrast, Newcastle have only only conceded seven goals this season, which is the least in the league. But Everton beat Newcastle at home in their last meeting and they can take confidence from that. They also have a boost in Drenthe returning from suspension, along with the possible return of the trio; Cahill, Distin and Neville from injury.

The Toffees can also take plenty of positives from the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, as they were equal to the champions for most of the game and had two penalty shouts turned down as well. So not all is looking dreary.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Newcastle United

Everton

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
68%
15%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
2 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Newcastle United FC NEW
1 - 0
Everton FC EVE
Newcastle United FC NEW
2 - 0
Everton FC EVE

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