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- Under 2.5 goals were scored in 10 of Newcastle’s last 12 away games in all competitions.
- Everton have lost just one of their last eight Premier League fixtures.
- Newcastle have lost each of their last five Premier League matches.
- Newcastle have failed to score in each of their last six away games in all competitions.
Everton looking up
Everton have ground to make up on the teams above them in the table, and the Toffees can put their best foot forward with a victory over a hapless Newcastle outfit at Goodison Park in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti’s continental qualification chasers claimed a useful point at home to an impressive Leicester City side in midweek, and their share of the spoils left the Blues in 7th spot and within swinging distance of the top four.
James Rodriguez bagged his first Premier League goal since October against the Foxes, and Everton will need the Colombian schemer’s creativity to unlock the Magpies defence this weekend.
Newcastle lose again
Newcastle were turned over for the fifth league game in a row in Tuesday when an adventurous Leeds team toppled their hosts by the odd goal in three at St. James’ Park.
With the club in freefall and just two places clear of the drop zone in 16th, the pressure on Steve Bruce is really starting to intensify, and his reluctance to abandon his overly defensive leanings should lead to more problems for Newcastle at Goodison Park.
Everton to push for victory
Newcastle have been the very definition of toothless in recent months, and the Magpies have plundered just two goals in their last 630 minutes of Premier League football.
On the road, the picture looks even bleaker for United however, and Newcastle have lost to nil in each of their last six away assignments in all competitions.
Everton – who have lost just once in eight in the league – will wield a combination of confidence and quality that should prove too much for Newcastle to deflect on Saturday, though we don’t expect a glut of goalmouth action on Merseyside.
Steve Bruce’s penchant for fielding half a dozen defenders at a time usually keeps the score down in Newcastle’s games, and under 2.5 goals hit the net in 10 of the Magpies’ last 12 away tests since September.
Steve Bruce’s frustratingly risk-averse United are unlikely to get steamrolled again on Saturday, and an Everton home win and under 2.5 goals outcome is favoured as a result, while 2-0 correct score prediction is also advised.
Newcastle lost by that scoreline in three of their last four games away from the North East, and with James Rodriguez finding form, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the line, a match-winning brace for Everton looks within their reach.
Everton injuries and team news
Everton will again be without injured quartet Allan, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Niels Nkounkou on Saturday afternoon.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is available following a one-match suspension however, and the Frenchman is expected to return to the starting XI in place of Andre Gomes.
Newcastle United injuries and team news
Paul Dummett, Federico Fernandez and DeAndre Yedlin will be unavailable for Newcastle, but Ciaran Clark has a chance of making the Magpies squad
Fit again Allan Saint-Maximin is also pushing for a start, having come off the bench against Leeds in midweek.
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