Everton v Newcastle United
Darron Gibson limped off during Everton's last game against West Brom after suffering a thigh strain, while a similar injury forced Steven Pienaar out of South Africa's squad for friendlies against Brazil and Mozambique.
Alan Pardew is set to be without Dutch international Tim Krul after the goalkeeper was ruled out of Monday’s game with an elbow injury. Skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson (both hamstring) are also doubts, while Ryan Taylor (knee) is another definite absentee.
Everton return from the international break looking to get back to winning ways. A 2-0 defeat at West Brom remains the only black mark against the Blues’ perfect start to the season after impressive wins over Manchester United, Aston Villa and Leyton Orient.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have also enjoyed a good start to the new campaign. An opening day win over Tottenham was followed by Europa League qualification against Greek side Atromitos. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea was then followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa.
1) David Moyes has four wins in his seven meetings with Alan Pardew as a manager. Conversely, former Reading, West Ham and Charlton boss Pardew has just two victories over Moyes.
2) Everton have scored seven penalties against Newcastle in the Premier League - three more than against any other team. None of those spot-kicks have been missed and remarkably all seven were awarded at Goodison. David Unsworth netted three of them.
3) There have been 20 goals scored in Everton’s last six home matches. All have been netted by the Toffees - 19 at the right end, with the other being a Tony Hibbert own goal against Newcastle in May.
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Everton defender Phil Jagielka: “We enjoy those Monday night games especially when the other teams are like Man United and Newcastle, who always bring great support. The result was great for us against United but after the disappointing result and performance against West Brom hopefully we can bounce back at home.”
Newcastle’s summer signing Vurnon Anita: “I saw the highlights [of Everton’s win over Manchester United] and they were very aggressive. They played very well, so we must be prepared. I know two players who play there. I played with Steven Pienaar at Ajax – he was there when I made my debut – and Johnny Heitinga, also from Ajax and the national team. They are very good players, so I know they have a good team and a very strong team. It’s a good opponent to play against and we are playing away, so we must be prepared.”
Everton 3-1 Newcastle, 13 May 2012. The Blues finished the 2011/12 campaign in blistering form and a victory over Champions League-chasing Newcastle ensured a seventh-place Premier League finish ahead of rivals Liverpool. Steven Pienaar’s deflected effort opened the scoring on 16 minutes before Nikica Jelavic fired home at the second attempt. Newly-crowned Player of the Season John Heitinga then extended the lead after the interval, before Tony Hibbert registered a late own goal.
Everton 2-0 Newcastle, 17 August 1996. Duncan Ferguson outshone Newcastle’s new £15million summer signing Alan Shearer as the Blues opened the 1996/97 season with a win. The threat of the big Scotsman up front, allied with the direct dribbling of winger Andrei Kanchelskis, caused the Magpies problems all afternoon. Future Toffee Steve Watson felled Ferguson in the box, handing David Unsworth the opportunity to put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot on 29 minutes. Everton would then grab what turned out to be an unassailable 2-0 lead five minutes before half time as midfielder Gary Speed capped his own debut by seizing onto a loose ball and firing past Shaka Hislop to ruin Shearer’s big day.
On 17 September 1927, Dixie Dean scored two goals for Everton in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle. The Blues legend went on to fire the Club to the league title by hitting a record-breaking 60 goals that season.
Among the players to have played for both Everton and Newcastle are Peter Beardsley, Steve Watson, current Blues defender Sylvain Distin, Paul Bracewell, Duncan Ferguson, Louis Saha and the late Gary Speed.
The only manager to have been in charge at both clubs was Gordon Lee. The Cannock-born boss was in the Newcastle hotseat between 1975 and 1977 before moving to Merseyside and spending four years with the Toffees.
Referee: Mr M Jones
Assistant Referee: Mr D Cann
Assistant Referee: Mr D C Richards
Fourth Official: Mr A Marriner
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