Preview: Everton vs. Newcastle United

Goodison Park
© PA Photos
Sports Mole previews Everton's clash with Newcastle United on Monday.

Everton welcome Newcastle United to Goodison Park on Monday as they look to continue their solid start to the season.

The Toffees – notoriously slow starters – have gained six points from a possible nine in their opening three games to elevate them to ninth spot in the table. They also beat Newcastle the last time the two sides met in a 3-1 win at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three games this season, and will be keen to get among the leaders in the table once more. The Magpies need just one more goal to reach 1000 in the Premier League – and they will look to goal-shy strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba to provide the ammunition.

Everton will be without Darron Gibson for up to five weeks with a thigh strain, while Bryan Oviedo is still not eligible to play in the Premier League. Aside from that, David Moyes has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Newcastle will be without Dutch stopper Tim Krul, who is suffering from an elbow injury, while Fabio Coloccini and Danny Simpson will also sit the match out through injury. Midfielder Cheick Tiote is also a doubt with a calf strain, while Ryan Taylor is still sidelined with a knock that he picked up in pre-season.

Form this season:

Everton: WWWL
Newcastle: WDLWD

Possible lineups:

Everton: Howard; Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Osman, Naismith, Fellaini, Pienaar; Jelavic

Newcastle: Harper; Anita, S Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabate, Tiote, Jonas; Cisse, Ba

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Marouane Fellaini
Read Next:
Moyes admits Fellaini future uncertain
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea33253569294078
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs33228369224774
3Liverpool34199670422866
4Manchester CityMan City33198663352865
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331713350242664
6Arsenal32186864402460
7Everton341610860372358
8West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom33128133942-344
9Southampton32117143944-540
10Watford33117153754-1740
11Stoke CityStoke34109153750-1339
12Crystal Palace34115184654-838
13Bournemouth34108164963-1438
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham34108164459-1538
15Leicester CityLeicester33107164154-1337
16Burnley34106183349-1636
17Hull City3496193667-3133
18Swansea CitySwansea3494213968-2931
19Middlesbrough34512172443-1927
20Sunderland3356222659-3321