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Everton vs Newcastle United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Everton vs Newcastle United match preview

Two of English football’s grand old clubs go head-to-head in this Thursday night fixture, with one kicking off third, while the other is third bottom.

Newcastle United will come into this one full of confidence, having scored 6+ in a Premier League game for only the sixth time on Sunday, smashing Tottenham 6-1 at St James’ Park.

The Magpies were 5-0 up with less than 21 minutes on the clock, Joelinton on target while Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak both bagged braces.

Murphy’s second, that made it three, was a long-range rocket that even he could not believe, with Callum Wilson completing the rout in the second half.

The previous weekend, Eddie Howe’s side had seen their five-match winning streak come to an end, smashed 3-0 at Villa Park.

Nevertheless, that was an emphatic response, and a win that saw the Toon Army reclaim third place, above Manchester United on goal difference.

Everton meantime are simply battling to remain in the division, dropping into the bottom three this weekend, despite earning a credible goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

Sean Dyche began life as Everton manager with back-to-back home wins but, since then, the Toffees have won just one of nine outings.

They travel to fellow-strugglers Leicester City on Monday night, and successive defeats in this game and that one could all but end the Blues’ 69-year stay in the top-flight.

Everton won this fixture 1-0 last season, with Alex Iwobi scoring in the tenth minute of injury time after play had been paused by that ‘just stop oil’ guy attached to the goal frame, remember that?

The Toffees desperately need a repeat victory at Goodison.

Everton team news

Mason Holgate started for the first time since August on Saturday, but were sent off for two bookable offences.

So, with both captain Séamus Coleman and Nathan Patterson out injured, Ben Godfrey will fill in at right-back this time.

In better news, Abdoulaye Doucouré’s three-match ban is now over so he’ll return to midfield, alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye, although Amadou Onana is still injured, which is a massive blow.

In attack, Dominic Calvert-Lewin featured for the first time since 4 February at the weekend, and keeping him fit will be key to their survival chances, even if he has only scored once all season.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Godfrey, Tarkowski, Keane, Mykolenko; Gana Gueye, Doucouré, Iwobi, McNeil, Gray; Calvert-Lewin.

Newcastle United team news

Fabian Schär and Sven Botman have started 27 of 31 Premier League games together this season, but Schär’s injury at the weekend means a new centre-back pairing will be required.

Club captain Jamaal Lascelles will deputise and, with the greatest of respect, that’s a big downgrade.

The rest of the XI will remain unchanged, with Jacob Murphy’s brace at the weekend seeing him keep his place, chosen over fit again Miguel Almirón.

Allan Saint-Maximin remains sidelined.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Botman, Burn; Willock, S Longstaff, Guimarães; Almirón, Joelinton; Isak.

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