Preview - Newcastle United vs Everton 09 March 19

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Match Day 30
Newcastle United vs. Everton
Saturday, March 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: L D W W L
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón (7)

Last five matches form: L L L W D
Average goals per match: 1.34
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Gylfi Sigurdsson (11)

It's 14th versus 10th on Match Day 30 in the Premier League as Newcastle United play host to Everton. Everton will have their eyes on maintaining their top half position - surely an absolute bare minimum requirement considering the summer investment - whilst for Newcastle the aim is to ensure they don't get sucked back into the relegation scrap.

The sides couldn't be separated in the clash at Goodison Park earlier in the season with that game ending in a 1-1 draw. Everton stole the points with a 1-0 success in the game here last season.

Ciaran Clark, Sean Longstaff and Robert Elliott are out for Newcastle. Leighton Baines looks like being the only Everton absentee at this stage.

The exertions of winning four of six in the league looked to take their toll on Newcastle in what was a fairly insipid display at West Ham last time out and they will be hoping to rediscover their mojo in this one. They have won their past four here at St James' Park, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Everton were excellent in holding Liverpool to a goalless draw last weekend and also in winning 3-0 at Cardiff in their most recent away fixture. They have won four of 14 on their travels, keeping just three clean sheets.

This is mightily tough to call. Everton won't find Newcastle so charitable as Cardiff though, and on a roll in front of their own fans, we just favour Rafa Benitez's troops to nick the points.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2 - 1 Everton


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  19 - 7
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 2
Possession: 46% - 54%

Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Jonjo Shelvey were all booked for the home side, with referee Lee Mason also taking the name of Jonjoe Kenny of Everton.

A dramatic afternoon on Tyneside. Everton were 2-0 up at the break and seemingly on the way to three points only to succumb to a stirring second half comeback from the resurgent Magpies. A look at the stats will show us that Newcastle deserved this too. They were the better side for large spells of the game and came out comfortably on top in the shot count.

The visitors struck first in the 18th minute. Nice reverse pass from Bernard to find Lucas Digne just inside the left of the area. Digne's cross being met by Dominic Calvert-Lewin towards the left corner of the six yard area who then directed a header into the bottom right.

Newcastle were handed the chance to equalise in the 31st minute when Jordan Pickford rugby tackled Salomón Rondón in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Matt Ritchie's effort was too central though and Pickford saved with his legs.

Just one minute later Everton doubled their advantage. Andre Gomes playing in a ball from towards the right by-line which Martin Dubravka palmed away, but only to the feet of Richarlison who slotted home from close range. 0-2 at the break.

The fightback began in the 65th minute. Lovely interplay between Rondón and Ayoze Perz in and around the area, ending with Perez dinking a ball to Rondón in the left of the area and the frontman volleying low and in from around ten yards.

Nine minutes from time it looked as though Newcastle had salvaged a point. Pickford failing to handle a rasping drive from range from Miguel Almiron and only palming the ball out. Perez first to it to slot in from ten yards.

Three minutes later the home side won it. Isaac Hayden dinking a ball back into the area following a corner, Rondón cushioning the ball down with his thigh and Perez lashing the ball home with glee from around six yards on the right. 3-2 final score.

At half time Newcastle were looking like being only three points clear of the relegation zone. Instead they are now up to 13th and six clear of the drop zone. Everton drop to eleventh.

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