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- Frank Lampard had the worst defensive record of any modern Chelsea manager
- In his first game, Everton stretched their wait for a clean sheet to 11 matches
- BTTS has landed in 73% of Newcastle’s home league games
- The Magpies have seen score draws in five of six home meeting with bottom-half sides
Key battle at the bottom
Frank Lampard’s Everton (look forward to getting sick of that, Toffees’ fans) head to Newcastle on Tuesday for what is currently a relegation six-pointer. These two were big spenders in January, suggesting they have loftier ambitions for the future. For now, the pair sit in the bottom five.
Newcastle find themselves 19th after Watford’s draw at the weekend and Eddie Howe’s men are firmly in the relegation mire. They need all of their new arrivals to click quickly, but turning their season around could be tough against the fired-up Toffees.
Defensive concerns follow Lampard
Everton kicked off life under their new boss with a 4-1 FA Cup win over Brentford on Saturday. While it was a comprehensive victory, the lack of a clean sheet is something to worry about. Lampard had the worst defensive record of any modern Chelsea boss, with his side conceding 1.35 goals per game.
That record looks even worse given the turnaround under Thomas Tuchel, so it clearly wasn’t on the players. When you consider that Lampard arrives at an Everton side with a much poorer defence, keeping clean sheets will be a real worry.
The visitors have shipped 35 goals across 20 games this season, with that coming under defence-first manager Rafa Benitez. The Toffees are without a clean sheet in 11, so expect them to concede on Tuesday.
Unreliable Newcastle to struggle
While there are weaknesses for the hosts to exploit, Newcastle have dropped a league-high 21 points from winning positions this term. They’ve conceded 2.09 goals per home game this season, with eight of their 11 home league games seeing both teams find the net.
Everton have scored in their last 10 away league games against Newcastle, while the visitors’ defensive worries has us backing goals at the other end. Go with both teams to score in this clash, while a 2-2 draw is my correct score prediction. Six of the Magpies’ home games have finished level, including score draws in five of their six clashes with bottom-half sides.
Newcastle predicted lineup: Dubravka; Trippier, Lascelles, Burn, Targett; Guimaraes, Shelvey, Joelinton; Fraser, Wood, Saint-Maximin
Everton predicted lineup: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Mykolenko; Gomes, Allan; Gordon, Alli, Gray; Richarlison
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