How do we combat Everton?

After bringing you my article on how to combat Stoke and the tactics that we used in that game, I became inspired by one of the comments about my article.

Regular blogger, O’Hurley said that I had a ‘great football mind’ to do with tactics and it inspired me to bring you this article on how I expect the teams to lineup and battle each other in tomorrow’s game against Everton.

Lineup: This is how I expect the two teams to lineup tomorrow.

Personally I don’t think Chiek Tiote will be risked at all. He is rated as ‘touch and go’ for tomorrow’s game and I would rather have him fully fit for the games that we play against Manchester United and Manchester City. Marouane Felliani finds himself banned after accumulating five yellow cards so Leon Osman will drop into the centre of the park alongside Jack Rodwell allowing Tim Cahill to play behind Louis Saha.

So how do we combat Everton? Well there are a number of options that I have thought of:



1. We target Tony Hibbert’s position. Hibbert loves to link up with Coleman when the Blues are on the attack which then leaves space in behind him. The idea would be for perhaps one of our forwards to maybe attack this area. Demba Ba seemed to be drifting over to that side of the pitch against Stoke so perhaps we could employ this tactic again in order to break Everton down?

Although Tony Hibbert is one of Everton’s hardest workers, he is the weakest link in their defence and one that we should look to exploit. Jonas Gutierrez may be able to get much further up the pitch than previous games in order to help our strikers out.

2. Nullify Leighton Baines. Baines is ultimately Everton’s biggest danger. He is very much an attacking left-back who has lots of pace in him. He is a constant threat in their attacks and we need to be able to keep him at bay during the game. This will call on both Sylvain Marveaux and Danny Simpson to deal with him when Everton are on the attack, making sure that they can’t get behind them as if he does he will unleash a sweet left-foot cross into the box.

From my above graphic you can see that I have included Royston Drenthe on the left-hand side as that’s where I think David Moyes will deploy him. If that is the case those two down that left-flank will be very lively and both winger and fullback will have to keep a watchful eye on them.

3. Don’t give away free-kicks in dangerous positions! Any free-kicks that are outside the box and near enough for Leighton Baines to have a shot on goal we cannot afford to give away. His free-kick technique is one of a very high standard and in the Manchester United game last week he was unlucky not to score when his well struck effort hit the post. If in doubt, whack it out is the phrase that we need to use. This way we won’t be able to allow Baines a shot on target. Naturally teams do concede free-kicks during a game, but we can’t let them gain ones for stupid and unnecessary fouls.

4. Move the ball quickly. Figures released by OPTA have shown that Everton have the best tackle success rate in the Premier League this season (81.5%) showing that they are able to gain the ball through well timed tackles. In order to stop this we have to keep the ball moving, passing it to players even if it means going backwards. We don’t want to give them a chance of winning the ball so it would be better for us to keep our possession momentum going by the Newcastle players finding their team-mates.

To me this areas are key if we are to win the battle against Everton. It will certainly be an exciting game with nigh on a full house at St James’ Park, and after the performance against Stoke I am sure Alan Pardew has his players briefed on tactics and prepared for this game!

Howay the lads!

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

56 thoughts on “How do we combat Everton?

  1. Batty: I’m not sure, I would have thought Gosling would have been involved by now but it seems as if they might be bringing him back slowly from his absence. Seemed to be playing very well in pre season and then don’t know what has happened to him

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  2. DAVE ime hopeing marv starts,hes as good as cabaye imo,ime just hopeing he tracks back,hes got the skill going forward

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  3. Ice thats the only think that I worry about if he tracks back ? but then to be honest his job is more to attack its just we have been spoilt with wingers that do so much work

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  4. It was “only” Forest, but Marv seemed quite happy to track back then. I don;t think it will be an issue to be honest and he will be told to do it. If he doesn’t listen then he knows he’ll lose his place.

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  5. I just found out my uncle’s got Alzheimers.
    Hope it doesn’t run in the family cos my uncle’s got it as well…..

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  6. aye all work and no play makes dave a unhappy lad…… hope your not working the the morra when the match is on !!!!!!!!!

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  7. DAVE- Zoë wrote that article, not Sy 😉

    ZOE- Crackin article, yet again!! Love the idea of gettin Ba in behind Hibbert. Maybe Guti will get another goal in this one too. Either way, gotta exploit whatever space opens up, so I think the game plan will be to use the midfield to draw Hibbert out and then release a man in the gap to put in a good cross. Fingers crossed like!!

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  8. whos thinking ben arfa to do what he did las t season ❗ 🙂

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  9. benny wont play sat not from the start anyway,we need graffters against them and bennys not up to speed yet,might get 10min at end “if” we are standing ok imo

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  10. O’Hurley- Thanks, Hibbert is only 30 which suprised me, I thought it was a lot older than that. Yeah that’s what I thought, trying to open that area up.

    Feel sorry for my dad, he’s going to have to be referee in the household with my mum supporting everton and me cheering for the toon 😆

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  11. Oh well Zoe, i hope he fails it! because he can be a threat plus he never shuts up and complains about anything to the referee

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  12. Zoe I thought there was something wrong as Toonsy doesn’t normally pen an article just as good as that 😉
    Pup I never work when a match is on mate, its against my religion.
    Spence where have you been son 😀

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  13. Dave: ahahaha thanks!
    Super Marv: I agree, recently he hasn’t been playing that well. Slowly burning out, more of a midfielder than a striker these days

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  14. Good preview. I’m just a bit worried about getting over-run in midfield and drenthe and baines’ quality. Other than them they are quite average as they always start slow. I think we can stand up to it if we show the same spirit as every game so far. 2-1 to us

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  15. Everton fan here…

    Your pretty much spot on with your analysis of us to be honest. The right side of our defence is the weakest with Hibbert getting caught out of position (he tucks in and gives natural wingers plenty of time to get the ball in) and Jagielka woefully out of form. A player with good movement and good strength could potentially have a field day.

    We will miss Fellaini considerably, he is an absolute beast in the middle of the park and there is a good chance we will see either Neville or Heitinga move into midfield to take his place, probably the former. Either way, playing a defender in midfield is never a good bet, and both can be easily over run.

    In an attacking sense, I think/hope we will see Drenthe on the right. His biggest asset is the fact that he can cut inside and unleash a vicious shot. Taylor will have his hands full, and the game could be won or lost down that side of the field for both teams.

    I think this will be a good game, you have the points on the board and we are just showing signs of getting our act together.

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  16. Bailey- You say about Drenthe, although I agree he is a monster, Jonas and Raylor are most likely to double up on him, which will limit his space and will be something he is not that used to because of his young age.

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  17. Bailey- Nice of you to comment 🙂 I agree, i think this will be a very good game. Thought you were unlucky against Man U not to get a draw last week. Will be a good game to watch

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  18. Nufc are at home were 3rd there 16th, were in killer form there dragging there heels, lets respect them, but not fear them. TOON ARMY !!!!

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  19. Dave….Aye i’m glad Fellaini is out, he’ll be a big miss for them. Bailey may disagree but Cahill doesn’t seem to be at his best this season so hopefully that’ll continue tomorrow. Drenthe is a good player and has a canny shot on him although he’s not exactly known as a goal scorer so hope he doesn’t add anymore to his tally tomorrow.
    I think if we can get an early goal it’ll make the game a bit more open which I think will suit us more than Everton…..maybe!

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  20. I’ve had to break up with my imaginary girlfriend….

    I’ve started seeing someone else 🙄 😆

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  21. Great article Zoe!!
    Here’s a song if Ba gets on the scoresheet tonight

    To the tune of “In the jungle” from the lion king

    Demba ba, Demba ba, Demba ba…. Demba ba
    In the park, St James park
    Demba ba scores tonight
    Demba ba, Demba ba, Demba ba…. Demba ba
    Oooo ee ooh eee ee oooh ee ooh ee

    Being an expat Geordie in aus I’d love to hear that one getting sung as I watch Demba smash em in at 3am

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  22. How do we combat Everton?
    Just score, Everton only have one negative approach to a game, dont lose. They posess no attacking flair and if they do break out of defence they make that many sideways passes Newcastle have plenty of time to get back..

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  23. Good read: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3915683/Leon-Best-All-my-mates-are-in-prison.html

    Shades of Nile Ranger in this?
    “My attitude when I first started at Southampton was bad. Let’s just say I wasn’t the best behaved back then.
    “I was young and never listened to anyone. I always thought that I knew what best. But you learn.
    “I was never fully focused when I was younger. I always thought someone was against me — it was like I always had to prove something.

    Of course leon is actually interested in proving it

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  24. I’ve noticed that too. Agreed, its good info but at least give credit to the original author. Not re-package and display a ‘great football mind’.

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  25. If Tiote is touch and go maybe have him on the bench?

    If we manage to get ahead and with half an hour to go if we’re stil defending a lead stick him on 😎

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  26. is tim cahill not missing the game through injury or suspension ? don,t think this is an easy game but i think we,ll at least get a draw

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  27. I did this in my free yesterday at school, I even have the notes to prove it if you want to see them. This actually took ages for me to do, so if anyone wants to see those notes I will happily post the picture later.

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  28. Why would he want to join the red-shite Surely he can see, as everyone else, that you are in dwonward spiral, drifting further and further away from the top three Soon you will be behind us Toffees as well, trying to get hold on fifth The future is at Everton!!!

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