How Newcastle United Will Line Up Against Everton
Saturday’s dramatic victory over Crystal Palace, courtesy of a 94th-minute winner from Papiss Cisse, left the Magpies in eighth place in the Premier League—two places and eight points behind this week’s opponents.
With Roberto Martinez’s men hoping to overtake Tottenham Hotspur directly above them and break into the top five, there’s plenty to play for at St. James’ Park.
So as the Toon go looking for revenge following their 3-2 defeat on Merseyside in September, let's look at how Alan Pardew’s side will line up against the Toffees.
Goalkeeper: Tim Krul
After keeping his tenth clean sheet of the campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul will be hoping for No. 11 on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old is looking to finish the season on a high in an effort to win back his place for Holland ahead of the World Cup.
Questions were raised when the stopper was left out of Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for their recent friendly with France.
But speaking to Mark Douglas from The Journal at the beginning of this month, Krul said, “I’m going to do my best to show him that I should be on that plane to Brazil.”
Full-Backs: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Paul Dummett
In the absence of regular right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is missing with a groin injury, his fellow Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will continue to deputise.
Though the former Montpellier man would prefer to play in the centre of the defence, he is more than capable of filling Debuchy’s boots and stuck to his task dutifully at the weekend.
On the left, Geordie Paul Dummett will remain on dead-ball duty and cover for Davide Santon, who was missing from Alan Pardew’s starting XI once more against Crystal Palace.
The young Italian was struck with tonsillitis after recovering from a knee injury that had sidelined him for the previous three matches.
Centre-Backs: Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson
There is an air of calm when Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini is marshalling the back four, and his composure will be crucial if the Magpies are to keep Everton at bay.
The Toffees have scored five goals in their last two games in the Premier League, and Coloccini and Co. will need all their concentration to limit the visitors on Tuesday.
Alongside the Argentinian, the dependable Mike Williamson will be just as important. His aerial ability will be put to good use against the likes of Romelu Lukaku.
Central Midfielders: Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote
Both excellent technicians in the middle of the park for Newcastle United, Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote will need to stand firm against Roberto Martinez’s men.
While neither player possesses the creativity and flair of Yohan Cabaye, their work rate and tenacity could unsettle the visitors and create space for those farther forward.
Anita in particular has become a huge crowd favourite at St. James’ Park this term, and the Dutchman rarely gives the ball away in what has become a vital role.
Wide Midfielders: Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran
Though Hatem Ben Arfa’s second-half cameo effectively changed the game against Crystal Palace, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran are expected to start on Tuesday.
Their ability to track back and provide crucial cover for their full-backs this season has seen the French pair become first-team regulars ahead of Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan.
And though Ben Arfa will almost certainly be involved at some stage, Alan Pardew will look to the athleticism and craft of Sissoko and Gouffran to put them in control early on.
Centre-Forwards: Papiss Cisse and Luuk De Jong
Fresh from scoring the last-gasp winner against Crystal Palace, Papiss Cisse will remain in Newcastle United's starting XI for the visit of Everton on Tuesday.
The Senegalese striker missed some gilt-edged chances against the Eagles, but his overall performance and positioning offered hope that the 28-year-old has turned a corner.
The same, however, cannot be said of Luuk de Jong, who is still looking for his first Magpies goal since arriving on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach in January.
Having looked off the pace against Palace, the Dutchman’s performances will need to improve if a permanent move to St. James’ Park is to be sealed, but he will keep his place for now in the absence of Loic Remy.