Monday, September 17
TV: Live Sky Sports 1.
Everton (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Howard; Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines;
Gueye, Osman; Naismith, Fellaini, Pienaar; Jelavic.
Out: Gibson (thigh), Oviedo (work permit).
Newcastle (Possible: 4-4-2): Harper; Anita, S Taylor, Williamson,
Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Cisse, Ba.
Out: Sh Ameobi (hamstring), Simpson (hamstring), Krul (elbow), R Taylor (knee), Vuckic (groin).
Tests: Coloccini (hamstring), Tiote (calf).
Referee: Mike Jones (Matches 1, R0 Y4).
Betting: Home 4-5, Away 17-5, Draw 13-5.
Everton received bad news on Friday when it was confirmed that midfielder Darron Gibson will be out for four to five weeks with a thigh strain sustained on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Costa Rica midfielder Bryan Oviedo, a deadline-day signing from FC Copenhagen, is not yet eligible as he has been finalising his work permit and required paperwork.
Another international victim is Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who is out the trip to Everton on Monday night after suffering an elbow injury on international duty.
The Holland keeper could miss three games with the problem, which he sustained in training, and he may be joined on the sidelines by central defender Fabricio Coloccini, who returned from the Argentina camp with a hamstring strain which makes him a major doubt.
Midfielder Cheick Tiote a doubt with the calf injury which has sidelined him since the opening day of the season, as are Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and striker Shola Ameobi, but defenders James Perch and Shane Ferguson and midfielder Sammy Ameobi are available once again.
David Moyes and Alan Pardew are not exactly the best of friends, a rivalry extending to the early years of their managerial careers in the lower divisions.
So expect a bit of niggle in this fixture, particularly as Everton see themselves as a natural successor to Newcastle in the ‘outsiders bidding for the top four’ stakes.
The blip at West Brom aside, Everton have looked impressive so far while Pardew’s side have shown signs last season won’t be a one off.
Stat of the game: Newcastle need to score just one goal to reach 1,000 in the Premier League.
Chris Bascombe’s prediction: Everton 3 Newcastle United 1.