What The Papers Say - 2 April

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Sean Dyche's Everton travel north this evening to face Newcastle United, and former Premier League forward Chris Sutton has backed the Blues to pick up all three points.

Speaking in his BBC Sport column, Sutton believes the 4-3 turnaround against West Ham United for the Magpies will cause energy levels to drop with the quick turnaround. 

"I was at St James’ Park to see Newcastle’s late comeback to beat West Ham 4-3 and there is a lot to admire about Eddie Howe’s side," he wrote.

"They found a way of winning the game, and it was great for Harvey Barnes to come on and change the game the way he did after missing so much of the campaign.

"My concern for them here is how much that will have taken out of them. Their squad was already injury ravaged and now their captain Jamaal Lascelles is out for several months too.

"I think Newcastle are so stretched and put so much into it on Saturday, that it will catch up with them here.

"Everton’s big problem is still in attack because they really struggle to find the back of the net but they do create chances and I have a sneaking feeling they will get a result, just like they did when they beat the Magpies 3-0 at Goodison Park in December."

On team news, The Athletic reports that Kieran Trippier is back in contention for Newcastle this evening. 

The defender has missed the last three games, but manager Eddie Howe stated he could return tonight: "Kieran is improving. It has been a difficult injury for him. An injury to the calf, one we have to be very careful with and we'd hoped he'd be fit in and around the West Ham game, but we'll have to wait and see how he goes during this week."