Newcastle United play host to Everton within the Premier League on Saturday with just three points separating the clubs within the table.
While the Magpies suffered a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United on Boxing Day, Carlo Ancelotti began his Toffees reign with a 1-0 victory against Burnley.
Football royalty is in Toon within the shape of Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti as Newcastle aim to catch up on the heavy Boxing Day defeat at Manchester United.
The league fixture list imbues the necessity for a swift improvement with added urgency;
after Everton Steve Bruce’s side face Leicester, Wolves, Chelsea and Everton again.
Newcastle may have enjoyed a far better half of the campaign than widely expected but there could yet be a couple of anxious moments future on Tyneside before May.
Despite there still being scope for improvements to be made, success with a clean sheet was the right result for the experienced Italian,
who will feel that his Toffees side have growing momentum heading into 2020.
However, with Manchester City to return at the Etihad Stadium on New Year’s Day,
Ancelotti will acknowledge that it increases the necessity for his or her recent positive streak to continue against their next opponents.
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Newcastle United vs Everton Team News
Given the short turnaround, both Bruce and Ancelotti will make changes to their respective sides.
Having started on the bench at Old Trafford, DeAndre Yedlin, Isaac Hayden,
Jonjo Shelvey and Andy Carroll should all return to the Newcastle starting lineup.
Christian Atsu is additionally in contention, although Joelinton may get the nod on the proper flank after making an impact against United.
As far as Everton are concerned, Fabian Delph is probably going to get replaced by Tom Davies having only recently returned from injury.
Michael Keane and Leighton Baines also are in line for a recall, while Moise Kean will hope for a starting role in attack.
Newcastle defender Javier Manquillo features a calf muscle problem and can be assessed before Saturday’s game.
Paul Dummett is another doubt, due to a groin injury, while Ki Sung-yueng may remain unavailable thanks to illness.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he will make numerous changes to the starting line-up so as to guard his players from injuries.
Theo Walcott, Michael Keane, Tom Davies and Leighton Baines could all be recalled, but Alex Iwobi remains out.
Newcastle United vs Everton Line Up
Newcastle United lineup:
Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Willems; Joelinton, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron; Carroll
Pickford; Keane, Mina, Holgate; Sidibe, Davies, Sigurdsson, Baines; Bernard; Richarlison, Kean
Newcastle United vs Everton H2H
Newcastle came from 0-2 right down to win this exact fixture 3-2 last season –
they’ve not won back-to-back league games against Everton since December 2002 (three).
Everton have won four of their last six Premier League away games against Newcastle (L2),
having won just three of their first 18 visits to St James’ Park within the competition (D4 L11).
Newcastle have won only one of their previous 14 final Premier League games during a civil year (excluding campaigns during which they were relegated),
with their sole victory therein time coming against Everton in 2014 (D2 L11).
TV channel and live stream information
The match will not be shown live in the UK due to TV blackout rules regarding 3pm kick-offs.
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