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Everton FC v Newcastle United
Goodison Park
Sunday 15th March 16:00
Premier League Match #29

Everton - Last Five Matches

Everton 2-2 Leicester (Naismith, O.G)
Everton 3-1 Young Boys - Europa League (Lukaku x 2, Mirallas)
Arsenal 2-0 Everton
Stoke 2-0 Everton
Everotn 2-1 Dynamo Kyiv - Europa League (Naismith, Lukaku)

Newcastle United - Last Five Matches

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke - (Colback)
Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle- (Cisse)
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle
Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa - (Cisse)
Newcastle 0-1 Manchester United

Everton go into this match on the back of consecutive 2-0 defeats away to Arsenal and Stoke City which has contributed to a run of five matches (D2, L3) without victory in the Premier League. Everton are unbeaten in all four Premier League matches at Goodison Park in 2015, however they've each of those matches finished in a draw and only QPR (6) are currently on a longer run without a home win. Romelu Lukaku became Everton's top scorer in European football on Thursday night and the Belgian striker has scored four goals in five appearance against Newcastle, including a brace in the 3-2 home win in this fixture last season. Ross Barkley and Arouna Kone have both scored 2 goals in their three appearances against Newcastle United.

Ross Barkley scored his first goal at Goodison Park in this fixture last season as well as scored in the opposing fixture in the North East but the English midfielder has struggled in his second full season as an Everton first team player. The stats could be interpreted to suggest that he has become to conservative in his play with a shot fewer per 90 minutes played this season and a significant fall in free kicks won, although he's slightly improved his numbers when taking on players in concerned yet the percentage of successful dribbles have also decreased. At the same stage last season, Barkley had three goals to his name and scored another three goals in the final two months of the season.
Possible Line ups

Newcastle United
Newcastle's most recent outing resulted in their 11th Premier League defeat in 28 matches this season as they fell behind to a late Manchester United goal in a 1-0 defeat. Newcastle have won just one of their previous eight Premier League tips away from home (D2, L5) and the Magpies have conceded the highest amount of goals (25) in away matches besides the current Premier League bottom three teams in the league. Newcastle have scored 69% of their goals this season in the second half of matches which is a higher percentage than any other side. Newcastle have the opportunity to do the double over Everton for the first time since the 2001/02 season (1-3 at Goodison Park, 6-2 at St James' Park).

You'd be forgiven for think Pardew was still Newcastle United manager such is the continuity of bland football and even blander results under his successor John Carver. I recognise that I've made the mistake of including the FA Cup match as a potential three points in the above graph but I'm not changing it for you peasants. Newcastle took 13 points from a possible 27 in the final nine matches of Pardew's reign at St James' Park compared to four fewer points in the same amount of matches under Carver. Papiss Cisse starts his seven match ban in the Premier League after a spitting incident with Johnny Evans, he was retrospectively banned earlier in the season for three matches after repeatedly elbowing Seamus Coleman in the face. Because we all know a spit is more severe than an elbow.

Statistics & Injuries

Let's smash these pricks.

If you're wondering why Sissoko is in the team twice then don't.

American Evertonian:
In the only positive note for least he has an assist, otherwise pretty grim.

He's chances made per game has increased too, but hardly the stuff of a 50 million rated player.


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