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Table-toppers Everton looking for their first win in three against hot-and-cold Newcastle
Everton to win 3-1
Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021 | Venue: Newcastle upon Tyne, St James' ParkBet Now
Such was their fantastic start to the new season, winning their first four games and gaining a point from Liverpool, they still sit at the top of the league table despite their loss to Southampton last weekend.
The defeat was a day to forget for manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose side put in an uncharacteristically lethargic and unimpressive performance for the first time this season.
They failed to force the opposition goalkeeper into a serious save all game. They will be desperate to return to winning form this weekend and face a Newcastle team who have shown little consistency so far.
The Magpies have shown quality at times, particularly during their two victories over Burnley and West Ham.
However, they have also turned in poor performances against the likes of Manchester United and Brighton where they have failed to show up with any kind of intensity.
Everton will be favourites here.
Form Guide (all comps): DWWLD
Reasons to be cheerful:
Have a habit of picking up points from tough fixtures
Scored in all but one of their league games this season
Reasons to be fearful:
Performances have not been consistent
Everton will be aiming to bounce back strongly
Manager Steve Bruce has seen his side play very promisingly at times this season, picking up more points than Manchester United at present.
Unfortunately, these good performances have not been consistent and too often they have gone missing for large parts of games.
While the addition of players such as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser has improved them, as a team their form has been patchy, and Everton will fancy their chances here.
Newcastle have at least been positive in front of goal, scoring in all but one of their matches so far this season. New boy Wilson has been a great signing, for example.
But they will have to show greater resilience as a side to avoid performances like the one against Manchester United a couple of weeks ago where they were poor across the team.
Star Man – Callum Wilson
Has twice as many goals as any other Newcastle player – he is the man in form and his goals are vital to Newcastle.
Form Guide (all comps): WWWDL
Reasons to be cheerful
James Rodriguez hopes to be fit after struggling with injury
Only lost one of their last 10 meetings against Newcastle
Reasons to be fearful
Richarlison and now Lucas Digne are suspended
Captain Seamus Coleman is added to the injury list
Despite their defeat to Southampton last weekend, Everton will still be confident of continuing their fantastic form going into November.
They are without a win in their past two games, however a point from the Merseyside derby shows progress upon previous seasons and remaining at the top of the Premier League will be a huge confidence boost.
Unfortunately, there are several key players who will miss out for them this weekend. Captain Seamus Coleman will miss out through injury, while left-back Lucas Digne joins striker Richarlison on a suspension.
It remains to be seen whether James Rodriguez can shake off a niggling injury, but the chances are he should be fit enough to play.
Their opponents have a knack of grabbing last minute goals to avoid defeat, so Everton will be wanting to wrap this game up well before the final whistle.
Star Man – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Failed to influence the game against Southampton, he will be eager to continue his great form in front of goal.
Newcastle will look to make things tight at the back
Everton will miss Richarlison, but if Rodriguez plays they will be favourites
Two or more goals expected
Everton will be keen to show that last weekend’s loss to Southampton was just a blip and that they can continue their red-hot form into November.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in fantastic form and is likely to find the back of the net this weekend, especially if Rodriguez is fit enough to play, feeding those passes through the Newcastle defence.
Newcastle have popped up with crucial goals to avoid defeat, particularly late on in games, but Everton are likely to be out of sight by then.
Everton to win 3-1
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