How Newcastle United Will Line Up Against Everton
The Toffees are on a high after producing a thrilling comeback to win at West Ham last Saturday, and will offer a stern test of the Toon’s credentials.
Pardew is expected to make as many as six changes to the side that swept past Leeds in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday, with a host of big names set to return.
So as the Magpies go looking for only their second win in 11 Premier League games at Goodison Park, we take a look at United’s likely line-up to face Roberto Martinez’s men.
Goalkeeper: Tim Krul
Following the departure of Steve Harper this summer, Tim Krul’s only real competition for the number one spot is from Rob Elliot, but the Dutchman is well ahead in the pecking order.
After conceding three goals against Hull City last weekend, the 25-year-old international will be hoping for a quieter game against Everton, but Romelu Lukaku and Co might have something to say about that.
Full-Backs: Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon
It’s difficult to predict which Mathieu Debuchy will turn up at Goodison Park—the one that shone in the victory at Aston Villa or the player who went missing to disastrous effect against Hull City.
Either way, since the departure of Danny Simpson, the Frenchman is Alan Pardew’s only real option at right-back, so his place in the starting XI is assured.
On the other flank, Davide Santon will continue down the left. The Italian is another who is keen to right the wrongs of the Hull game after an uncharacteristically poor shift.
Centre-Backs: Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
The partnership of Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is set to be given another opportunity to gel against Everton. The pair will need improvement to keep the Toffees at bay
The direct threat of Romelu Lukaku will need to be dealt with, as will the width offered by Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith and the inventiveness of Ross Barkley in support of his forwards.
The fledgling defensive pairing have produced the goods already this season, most notably at Aston Villa, but they’ll need to use all of their experience to keep a clean-sheet on Monday evening.
Central Midfielders: Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko
For once, Alan Pardew is overrun with options in central midfield ahead of the trip to Merseyside, but after starting Cheick Tiote against Leeds in midweek, the Ivorian could well find himself on the bench.
Vurnon Anita continues to go from strength to strength this term. His engine room role is fast winning him an army of admirers at St. James’ Park, while Moussa Sissoko looks to have finally found his feet in England.
Attacking Midfielder: Yohan Cabaye
With Gareth Barry in fine form for Everton in front of the Toffees’ back four, Newcastle will look to the invention of Yohan Cabaye to find a way through in the middle of the park.
The Frenchman has put all talk of a move away from Tyneside behind him and is determined to prove his worth to the Magpies once more after a messy episode with the club and its fans last month.
Wide Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy
One mouth-watering head-to-head to look forward to on Monday is Hatem Ben Arfa’s duel with Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines. The defender is in fine form—as is Ben Arfa—and the stage is set for a fascinating clash.
On the left-hand side, Loic Remy will look to pick up where he left off against Hull City last weekend. The on-loan forward netted twice against Steve Bruce’s men and was a constant threat throughout.
Centre-Forward: Papiss Cisse
After the unwanted publicity of a 1,005-minute run without a goal, Papiss Cisse finally ended his drought On Wednesday night with the opener against Leeds United in the League Cup.
Now that he’s off the mark, it is hoped the No.9’s confidence will rise, and as a striker who typically scores in clusters, Everton will need to be on their guard to keep the Senegal forward quiet.