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Stoke City (A) Wed 4 Mar 2015, 19:45, Barclays Premier League

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Phil Jagielka is relishing the prospect of facing one of last season’s most lethal hit-men when Everton take on Newcastle on Monday.

Similar to the Blues’ own Nikica Jelavic, Papiss Cisse arrived in England in the January transfer window in a big-money move after a prolific spell in Germany.

His initial half season in the Premier League gave many a defender a sleepless night but for England defender Jagielka, locking horns with such a deadly front-man is what he lives for.

Speaking to evertontv, the centre back said: “Newcastle are up there competing and had a fantastic campaign last season.

“We love playing the night games – it’s a special atmosphere. Games between us and them are normally quite close and I am sure it will be another fantastic night at Goodison.”

On the Senegalese striker, he added: “Cisse took all the plaudits when he arrived with the goals he scored. Demba Ba led the way before he came so it was two great signings for them.

“They have plenty of creativity in the midfield as well so it is going to be a tough game. It is definitely a challenge we look forward to. You don’t want to play against people who aren’t expected to score but who then do so – it makes you look bad.

“So you want to be playing against these guys who are expected to score goals for fun because of you stop them it breeds confidence. Myself and the rest of the defenders prefer to play against those who everyone has come to watch.

“Hopefully we will stop them playing well.”

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