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Newcastle United travel to Liverpool to take on Everton who are fresh off of a 2-1 Round-of-sixteen triumph at Goodison Park over Dynamo Kiev. While Everton are facing their own edition of the Europa League curse in the Premier League, Newcastle are Newcastling their way to the end of yet another disappointing season. Newcastle will be missing Papiss Cisse, who will be serving the first match of his 7-match spitting ban, but it's ok because he only scored one of the goals against Everton the last time out.
In the reverse fixture (famous as Alan Pardew's last as our illustrious potentate), Newcastle defeated the Toffees 3-2 thanks to goals from Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback, so if you're wondering where the goals will come from over the next 7 matches, it's Jack Colback who is coming back from his own 2-match ban for yellow card accumulation.
Everton have had mixed results in their Sunday-after-Europa-Thursday matches, winning twice (Burnley, QPR), drawing twice (Leicester, Sunderland) and losing four times (Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal). Additionally, Everton have conceded two goals in each of their last three PL matches. Everton have a lot more to play for than Newcastle do as they are beginning to look over their shoulders at the relegation zone and though they have had their match v. Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, it was at home which would presumably give them a break as they didn't travel but so far in this Europa campaign they have won once, drawn once and lost three times following their home matches.
Sammy Ameobi says that Newcastle are trying to keep John Carver in the job and while a result v. Everton wouldn't necessarily do a lot to further that goal (you know, assuming that the decision hasn't already been made to keep him on next year), but it wouldn't hurt anything. Also, it would leave Newcastle needing only 2 points from 9 to hit that mythical 40-point safety plateau.
Projected NUFC lineup (4-2-3-1): Krul | Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara | Sissoko, Colback | Obertan, Cabella, Ameobi | Riviere
Newcastle Away Form: LLLWDL
Everton Home Form: WLDDDD
Newcastle United Form v. Everton: LDLLLW
Key Absences for Newcastle United: Papiss Cissé, Steven Taylor, Cheik Tiote, Paul Dummett
Key Returning players for Newcastle United: Remy Cabella, Jack Colback
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