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Newcastle vs Everton Premier League Preview

January 01, 2013


Newcastle United will be desperate to bounce back from a couple of dispiriting defeats when Everton travel to St James' Park in midweek. 

The Magpies have battled hard in their two games since Christmas, but lost 4-3 to Manchester United on Boxing Day thanks to Javier Hernandez's late goal and faded badly in the closing stages against Arsenal to go down 7-3. 

Alan Pardew admitted after the Emirates Stadium drubbing that his players were jaded, with the squad stretched by a series of injuries to key men.

He will nevertheless be demanding a response in their first game of 2013 as a run of eight defeats in 10 games has seen Newcastle drop perilously close to the relegation zone. 

Everton remain firmly in the race for European qualification despite suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Chelsea on Sunday. 

The Toffees had previously been on a seven-match unbeaten run and have shown great consistency all season, so David Moyes will be confident of pushing on in the New Year and trying to secure a UEFA Champions League place. 

The last time the teams met they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, when Demba Ba rescued a point for Newcastle after Victor Anichebe's effort that crossed the line was not spotted by officials.



Newcastle boss Pardew has suffered another defensive blow as he prepares for Wednesday's tough Premier League clash with Everton.

Pardew will welcome back central defender Mike Williamson from a one-game ban but will be without full-back Danny Simpson for up to four games after he broke a toe in Saturday's 7-3 defeat at Arsenal.

Central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) have returned to training but are still some way away from being available, while full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Vurnon Anita (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee) are still out.


Midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns from a three-match suspension for Everton's trip to St James' Park.

His comeback will offset the loss of Darron Gibson with a thigh strain for a month.

Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman are all unlikely to feature but Phil Neville (knee) could return having been rested for Sunday's defeat by Chelsea.


Source: SkySports


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