Newcastle have proved to be the surprise packet of the season, and are currently just behind the Manchester clubs, on the points table; they are also the only team other than Man City to remain unbeaten, this season.
In match week 10, Newcastle travelled to Stoke City and came away with all three points, on the back of a 3-1 win that was built on a brilliant hat-trick by Dembe Ba. It was poetic justice for Ba who was to join Stoke in January this year, but the move fell through after Stoke withdrew their offer. Newcastle got an early lead on 12 minutes and at the interval were 2-0 up. A penalty converted for stoke by Walters in the 75th minute raised hopes of a fight back by the hosts but that was not to be, as Ba got his third goal six minutes later, also off a penalty.
Everton are coming off a 1-0 loss to Manchester United, in match week 10, a game they dominated in patches. In the end, it was a tale of missed chances. United got an early lead when Hernandez scored in the 20th minute. Baines, Rodwell and Coleman squandered great opportunities to score, and Everton were unlucky not to salvage at least a point from the game.
Head to head, these sides have played 20 league matches, in the last 10 years, with each side winning 7, while the remaining 6 ended in stalemates. The last time they met was at the same venue, in March 2011; Everton won that game 2-1.
After 10 games, this season, Newcastle are 3rd placed on the Premier League points table, ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, while Everton are in 16th place, after nine games. In 5 home games, Newcastle have won 3 and drawn 2; Everton have won 2 and lost 2 of 4 games, on the road. In their last 10 league matches, Newcastle have won 6, while drawing 4; Everton have won 4, and drawn one and lost the remaining 5 of their last 10 matches.
Newcastle are overwhelming favourites to win the game, and Everton are likely to find the going tough against a team playing before their home fans at St James’s Park.
Newcastle’s starting eleven against Stoke: Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Taylor, Oberton, Guthrie, Cabaye, Guttierez, Best, Ba
Everton’s starting eleven against Manchester United: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Saha
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