5:00 AM (AEST) Tuesday, April 24 at Goodison Park, Liverpool
Round 35 of the English Premier League comes to a close on Tuesday morning when Everton play hosts to Newcastle United in a battle for ninth place.
Everton: Pickford; Jagielka, Williams, Keane; Balnes, Schneiderlin, Gana, Martina; Rooney, Ramirez, Calvert-Lewin.
Newcastle: Elliot; Manquillo, Lejeune, Lascelles, Yedlin; Atsu, Hayden, Perez, Shelvey, Ritchie; Joselu.
There have been 163 games played between these two sides, with honours evenly shared. The Toffees have won 66 games to Newcastle’s 63, while 34 games have been drawn. Everton won the first round match earlier this season by 1-0.
Everton started this season with a 1-0 victory over Stoke before playing out a 1 all draw with heavyweight side Manchester City. They then suffered three straight losses against defending champions Chelsea 2-0 and last seasons runners-up Tottenham 3-0 before going down 4-0 to Manchester United. They then beat Bournemouth 2-1 before going down 1-0 to Burnley. They then had a 1 all draw with Brighton before copping a 5-2 hiding from Arsenal and a 2-0 loss to Leicester. Everton then snuck home against Watford 3-2 and were then held to a 2 all draw with lowly Crystal Palace before dropping their game to Southampton 4-1. They won their next two games against Hammers 4-0 and Huddersfield 2-0. They then managed to hold Liverpool to a 1 all draw before beating Newcastle 1-0. They beat Swansea 3-1 and then had back to back scoreless draws with Chelsea and West Brom before losing three straight matches to Bournemouth 2-1, Man U 2-0 and Spurs 4-0. They drew 1 all with West Brom before finally bagging their first win in over a month when they toppled Leicester 2-1. The joy was short lived as they were belted 5-1 by Arsenal just 3 days later. They then beat Crystal Palace 3-1 before losing 1-0 to Watford and 2-1 to Burnley. They bounced back with a 2-0 win over Brighton and a 2-1 Stoke before losing 3-1 to Man City. They’ve since had back to back draws against Liverpool and Swansea.
Newcastle spent last season in the Championship after being relegated in 2015-16 from the Premier League. For the most part of the year they were a class above their opponents and finished the season in top spot, earning them automatic promotion back into the Premier League for this season. They had a tough proposition first up, taking on heavyweights Tottenham, going down 2-0. In the second round they lost 1-0 to fellow promoted side Huddersfield before scoring their opening win of the season in Round 3 when they waltzed through the Hammers 3-0. They then beat Swansea 1-0 and Stoke 2-1 before dropping their clash against Brighton 1-0. They had back to back draws against Liverpool and Southampton before beating Crystal Palace 1-0. What followed was a 9 match run without any wins, dropping 8 games to Burnley, Bournemouth, Man United, Watford, Chelsea, Leicester, Everton, Arsenal with a solitary draw with West Brom. They ended the drought with a 3-2 win over West Ham before an impressive game against league leaders Man City resulted in a 1-0 loss. They then drew with Brighton, beat Stoke 1-0 before falling in a slump again, scoring draws with Swansea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Bounremouth, while losing to Man City and Liverpool, with a solitary yet magnificent win 1-0 against Manchester United breaking up the drought. They were greatly improved in their next game, where they hammered Southampton 3-0. They maintained their form with 3 more straight wins against; Huddersfield 1-0, Leicester 2-1 and Arsenal 2-1.
Defensively – Everton have been much poorer in defence than Newcastle, and marginally better in attack. Newcastle are in brilliant form right now and will prove to be tough to beat.
Everton on home soil will be slight favourites.