Everton and Newcastle are side-by-side in PL listings. Ancelotti’s team has a chance to advance.
Carlo Ancelotti is improving tactics
Everton’s improving Premier League form may have drifted under the radar for most. Still, their only defeats across their previous ten league matches have come against the division’s current top three. So far this season, a majority of the Toffees’ 23 Premier League games have seen both teams score, though Everton’s previous three Premier League home games have seen at least one team fail to find the net. Indeed, getting the first goal has done Everton a lot of good at home, with a 100% return from Premier League home games in which they have scored first this term.
Bruce Steve’s second chance
Newcastle United’s recent winless run in the league was ended on Saturday evening (1-0), as they secured their first clean sheet after four league games without. However, their attack remains an issue, with the ‘Magpies’ scoring one goal or fewer in each of their previous seven Premier League matches. The Tyneside outfit is also currently averaging just 0.96 goals per league game. The omens don’t look good for that rate to improve against Everton, given that Newcastle has drawn a blank in three of their previous four visits to the blue half of Merseyside.
Players to watch
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin now has nine Premier League strikes to his name. Seven of those goals have either been equalizers or lead-taking goals.
Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has three goals in his previous four competitive matches. All three came in the first half of the play.
Stat attack: Just two of Everton’s last seven Premier League games won/lost have settled by more than a 1.5 goal margin.
Four of Everton’s previous five H2H home wins against Newcastle have seen them score precisely three goals.
Newcastle is winless in seven away games vs. Everton, but have never lost a post-1992 Premier League game at Goodison Park after scoring first.
From Everton: Gbamin, Gomes, Richarlison. Questionable: Iwoby, Keane, and Sigurdsson.
From Newcastle: Colback, Dummett, Gayle, Ki Sung-Yong, Manquillo, Muto, Willems, Yedlin. Questionable: Carrol with a hip injury.