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  • 2 January 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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Newcastle - Everton Preview: Visitors hoping to end poor run at St James’ Park against struggling Magpies

The fixture could well be Demba Ba's last if reports are confirmed to be true and should he go, Alan Pardew will lose a player who has scored half of his team's top-flight goals

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon
Tiote, Bigirimana
Obertan, Marveaux, Ferguson
Cisse

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Naismith, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Pienaar
Fellaini
Jelavic

Newcastle will be without right-back Danny Simpson (broken toe), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Hatem Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor (both hamstring), Vurnon Anita and Dan Gosling (both ankle) and Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic (all knee). Meanwhile, Demba Ba is absent after the club gave him permission to speak to Chelsea on Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Williamson makes a timely comeback for the Magpies from a one-game ban. With Simpson becoming the latest injury concern for the hosts, Perch should shift along to right-back with Williamson returning to partner Coloccini.

Everton will give Phil Neville a late fitness test on his knee but Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas (both hamstring), Darron Gibson (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) are all out.

However, the Toffees do welcome back Marouane Fellaini from a three-match suspension and he is expected to go straight back into the starting line-up to replace the injured Gibson.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle have become the first team in Premier League history to lose consecutive games despite scoring three times in both. Ipswich Town were the last to do this in the top-flight back in 1985.
  • Striker Demba Ba (pictured right) has scored half of the Magpies league goals this season: 13 from 26.
  • The Magpies have now conceded 11 times in the past two games, four against Manchester United and seven against Arsenal.
  • Everton have scored in 16 consecutive games but have not kept a clean sheet in 15.
  • The Toffees have hit the woodwork on 17 different occasions. Only Real Madrid have been denied more often in the top five leagues.
  • St James' Park is not a happy place for David Moyes' men as they have won just three of their 18 Premier League visits there.



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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
31Shane FergusonDefender
34James TavernierDefender
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
39Mehdi AbeidMidfielder
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
30Nile RangerStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
34Shane DuffyDefender
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
Players to Watch
Papiss Cissé
Papiss Cissé
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Demba Ba out of the team and looking likely to make a permanent move to Chelsea, the focus will be on his replacement, with Papiss Cisse likely to figure as the lone frontman. The pair have infamously featured in bursts, and without the departing Ba, the Toffees will need to be alert to the danger Cisse poses.
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Belgian international makes his first return to the squad since his headbutt on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross that saw him banned for three games. Whilst the midfielder subsequently apologised for his actions, he will be looking to repay the Toffees' faithful and his team with another inspirational performance.
Prediction

Having been thrashed by Arsenal last time out, Newcastle now find themselves perilously close to the relegation zone and face a tough test against David Moyes' Toffees.

Everton are enjoying a fine season, but have struggled at St James' Park in recent seasons, and with Alan Pardew sure to demand a response from his men, the hosts may just nick three vital points.

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