Spectators at St James’s Park will get to enjoy Premier League match time, once again, as Newcastle get ready to welcome Everton, in match week 29, on Saturday, March 5.
The game will be a second leg meeting, with the first leg, hosted by Everton, on September 1, having been won 1-0 by Newcastle. On that occasion, Ben Arfa’s half-time strike put the Magpies ahead at the interval, and there was no further addition to the score. As a consequence, Everton failed to salvage any points in a game played in front of their home fans. Everton mounted a late challenge and came close to scoring, in injury time, when Fellaini latched on to a pass from Barnes. But Coloccini who was then stationed on Newcastle’s goal-line was equal to the task and managed to keep the ball out of his team’s goal.
Referee Andre Marriner was the butt of the crowd’s ire as Everton’s supporters perceived many of Marriner’s decisions as favouring the visitors. Tiote had an outstanding game for the visitors and took a shot at the Everton goal in the 14th minute but goalkeeper Howard had no trouble keeping the ball out. About 15 minutes later, Barton’s free-kick would have given Newcastle the lead, but once again, Howard came to his team’s rescue, and tipped the ball over the post.
In the second half, Newcastle stood up to every attacking move from Everton, although James Perch, in the Magpies’ back-line, looked completely out of sorts. In fact, Perch, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, did not look at all comfortable, in the top flight of English football.
It is fair to say that Everton appeared off colour and unmotivated, and were outplayed on the day, with manager Moyes choosing to employ some players in unfamiliar positions.
Head to head, Newcastle have established an 8-6 lead over Everton, in the last 20 league games between the sides, with the remaining 6 games having ended in stalemates.
Newcastle have won 2 of 10 league games, played by them this season, and have lost 3 matches, while drawing the remaining 5; Everton have won 4 of their last 10, while losing and drawing 3 each. Only 4 of their 14 home games this season have been won by Newcastle who have lost 4 and drawn 6. Everton have had just 2 wins in away games, while drawing 7 and losing 5.
In match week 28, Newcastle were involved in a 1-1 stalemate, at home, against Bolton, while Everton beat Sunderland 2-0, before their home fans at Goodison Park. On current form, Newcastle would be lucky to be able to salvage a point, despite enjoying home advantage.
Newcastle’s starting eleven against Bolton had the following players: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique,
Taylor, Tiote, Nolan, Guttierez, Best and Lovenkrandz. Ranger, Kuqi and Taylor were used as substitutes.
Everton had the following men in their starting eleven against Sunderland: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines,
Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Osman, Beckford and Saha. Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov and Cahill featured as substitutes.