Alan Pardew must prepare his side for a daunting trip to Goodison Park where they will come up against a tough Everton side on Monday evening.
The Toffees may have lost one of their key players over the summer along with a manager who had them punching above their financial resources for some considerable time, but a new manager has brought a new approach whilst retaining that ‘hard to beat’ psyche that was synonymous with Moyes’ team.
They are unbeaten so far this season, but it is at home where perhaps the most startling statistics can be found. Not only are they unbeaten this season, they are also unbeaten in 2013 at Goodison Park and haven’t conceded a league goal at home since the very start of March. I thin you’ll agree that those are impressive stats…
Steven Pienaar, Antolin Alcaraz and Leon Osman are all missing due to injury. Recalls for Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Kevin Miralles and Gareth Barry are all likely after they were benched for the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Fulham.
Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa alllook set to resume their roles in the first team after being rested against Leeds. Jonas Gutierrez and Steven Taylor join Ryan Taylor on the sidelines whilst Shola Ameobi is still struggling for fitness.
Only a last minute goal from Demba Ba prevented Everton from doing the double over us last season as we managed to squeak a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in the early part of the season before losing the return fixture at St James’ Park 2-1 despite Papiss Cisse scoring an early opener.
Overall the head-to-head record is pretty even with results tending to favour the home side.There have been 160 meetings between the two clubs previously with United just shading it with 64 victories compared to 61 for Everton.
Stats and facts…
Newcastle last beat Everton at Goodison in 2010 courtesy of a stunning by Hatem Ben Arfa. Before that though the last time we won at Everton was in 2001.
Assuming Gareth Barry plays,he will become only the 10th player to rack up 500 Premier League appearances.
Everton are the only team yet to be beaten in a league game this season. They have also had more draws this season than any other side.
Leighton Baines scored his 21st Premier League goal at West Ham last weekend. Only John Terry (32) has scored more goals as a defender.
Newcastle have conceded more headed goals (3) than any other side so far this season.
After daring to dream against Hull City I soon got slapped back down to earth and now I’m firmly in pessimistic mode. Basically I don’t expect anything tomorrow so if we do manage to grab a point or more it will be a massive bonus from my perspective.
Of course we are capable of gaining a point or even three, but Everton are no pushovers either and in Leighton Baines they have a man who loves to score against us and who is bang in form. He’s not the only player to watch though as Roberto Martinez has danger men throughout the team, especially from set pieces. However this time at least we don’t have to watch out for Marouane Fellaini and his roving elbows…
Howay the lads!
Date: Monday, 30th September, 2013
Time: 8:00pm – Live on Sky Sports 1
Venue: Goodison Park