Newcastle v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2017
St. James' Park - Premier League
Sam Allardyce returns to his old stomping ground of Newcastle in midweek, as Everton travel to face Rafa Benitez's Magpies.
Everton certainly have the edge in terms of recent meetings between these two sides, winning the last three with an aggregate score of 7-0, with a run stretching back two seasons.
Newcastle's last home win over The Toffees came back in 2011, courtesy of a Ryan Taylor winner in a 2-1 victory.
Allardyce is still without a number of senior stars, as he prepares to travel to Tyneside, with defender Leighton Baines the biggest absence through a calf injury.
Midfield pair James McCarthy and Ross Barkley are both still someway short of match fitness following hamstring problems, and Martin Stekelenberg, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie are all still unavailable.
Benitez has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Everton, with key duo Jamal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey both back in first team training and Ayoze Perez fit to start after picking up a knock in their defeat to Leicester.
Newcastle v Everton Preview and Predictions
Newcastle squandered a late draw in their last game, with Perez's late own goal handing Leicester a 3-2 win at St. James' Park in their last game, with Everton buoyed by a battling 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
Confidence is likely to higher amongst Allardyce's side, but his safety first approach is likely to be deployed here, and against a pragmatic Benitez the most realistic outcome is a draw - priced at 11/5.
Goals should be on the cards in this game, despite the conservative approaches of both managers, with Everton scoring 10 goals in Allardyce's four games at the helm and Newcastle scoring five in their last four games.
With that in mind an over 2.5 goals bet looks to be a good shout here - priced at 11/10.
A 2-2 draw at 14/1
Both sides will adopt a tenacious style in this game, with Everton feeling the boost of a new manager and Newcastle still firm believers in Benitez's methods as the best way to remain in the top flight. Despite their respective last results, this game should allow both of them off the lead slightly.
Wayne Rooney to score first at 11/2
Former England captain Rooney was the goal scoring hero for Everton in their derby tie with Liverpool, netting from the spot to secure a draw at Anfield. The goals was his eight of the season, making him Everton's top scorer so far in 2018-18, and he will be keen to continue his run against the Magpies.