Newcastle United v Everton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Newcastle United v Everton

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Saturday, December 28, 2019


St James’ Park

Punter's Pick

Everton rightfully start this game as slight favourites given their recent form but Newcastle are well drilled and capable of keeping them at bay. We therefore feel that picking an outright winner is risky and that other markets are more likely to materialise. These two teams tend to play in a combative style with plenty of challenges going in. Over 3.5 cards has been priced at evens and we feel this offers excellent value, especially as this market came through in both games last season. We are also backing under 11 corners at 4/5 with both teams not known for their attacking wing play and the game will be tightly contested in the middle of the park.

Newcastle United welcome Everton to St James’ Park in a game where each side will be looking to put further daylight between themselves and the drop zone. Consistency has been an issue for both teams but they will be hoping to go into 2020 on a high and have a strong finish in the second half of the season.

Newcastle come into this game having been well beaten by Manchester United last time out. Matt Longstaff produced again slotting in a well worked team goal to put the Magpie’s ahead but United produced a devastating 15 minute spell in which they scored three goals. Dubravka should have kept out Anthony Martial’s near post strike and they could not establish a foothold in the game after that. But three wins in their last five as well as a 2-2 draw against champions City shows that Newcastle are improving and settling into a system under Steve Bruce and can be solid defensively. They key to the side kicking on will be how they can get more goals, especially from their frontline as their usual defensive setup leaves the forwards isolated and Joelinton has struggled this season to hold up play and then get back in the box to score the goals. Dwight Gayle missed a great opening at Old Trafford and may not be the long-term solution either so there may be thoughts of dipping into the transfer market in January.

Everton have had a real turnaround since the sacking of Marco Silva going unbeaten in their last four league games. Much was down to the passion and focus installed by club legend Duncan Ferguson who oversaw a 3-1 win over Chelsea with the Toffee’s then getting two draws against the so called big boys – drawing at Old Trafford and holding Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at home. Fans will be excited by the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti who came in and saw his team beat Burnley 1-0 courtesy of a Dominic Calvert-Lewin header and the signs are positive for the club moving forward. Questions will be asked why the players could not produce some of this form under Silva but the fire and intensity was clearly lacking and Everton could get the most out of Moise Kean who will be happy to see his fellow Italian at the helm.

In team news Newcastle are sweating on the fitness of Javier Manquillo who has a calf injury and will be assessed closer to kick-off. Paul Dummett is another doubt, because of a groin injury, while Ki Sung-yueng may remain unavailable due to illness.

Everton will make several changes with Carlo Ancelotti stating that he wants to ensure his team remain fresh over the festive period. Theo Walcott, Michael Keane, Tom Davies and Leighton Baines could all be recalled, but Alex Iwobi remains out.

In recent times these two have played out some close encounters with neither team dominating the other over the long term. The same fixture last season was won by Newcastle in an enthralling encounter which saw Everton lead 2-0, only for Rondon and a late double from Ayoze Perez to secure the points.

Punter's Pick

Everton rightfully start this game as slight favourites given their recent form but Newcastle are well drilled and capable of keeping them at bay. We therefore feel that picking an outright winner is risky and that other markets are more likely to materialise. These two teams tend to play in a combative style with plenty of challenges going in. Over 3.5 cards has been priced at evens and we feel this offers excellent value, especially as this market came through in both games last season. We are also backing under 11 corners at 4/5 with both teams not known for their attacking wing play and the game will be tightly contested in the middle of the park.

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