The Monday night games sees Everton welcome Newcastle to Goodison Park for a match that demonstrates the depth of quality in the Premier League (8pm BST, September 17).
Both sides will be looking for all three points, as neither were able to pick up the win just prior to the international break.
Everton started the season fantastically, dominating Manchester United at home. Marouane Fellaini, in particular, set the bar incredibly high for himself for the rest of the season.
The problem with the Belgian international is that those hugely impressive performances, like the one against United, seem to come once in a while and after a few disappointing interludes.
Fellaini tried to force the game in Everton’s favour against West Brom before the international break but didn’t live up to the same heights. How far could Everton go if he was at his peak every week?
David Moyes will also be looking to see the best from striker Nikica Jelavic and Kevin Mirallas. Former Rangers striker Jelavic has one goal in three Premier League games this season, while Mirallas should be in line for his first start for the Toffees.
Mirallas is a player who will bring a lot of hard work to the flanks of Everton’s attack. He can play the central striker role, as he did while playing in Greece, but his national side usually opts to use him from the wide positions of the attack.
He is strong, quick and will be a threat in front of goal. It all adds to a promising attacking line up for David Moyes.
The big injury worry for Everton is Darron Gibson, who is out for a few weeks with a thigh strain. Gibson has so far proved to be an incredible buy for Moyes, arriving for well under £1 million and playing an important role in the midfield. He’ll certainly be missed.
It’s a similar story for Newcastle and Alan Pardew, who will want to see the best from his two star strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba. We’ve not seen a goal from either of the two since the opening weekend, when Demba Ba opened the scoring against Tottenham.
Newcastle are only with one point from their last two games. A very tame showing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa has been something of an early lull for Pardew’s side. This game against Everton will be important for establishing if they will be good enough to land another European finish in the League this season.
It is also worth noting that Pardew is banned from the touchline following his shove of the assistant referee against Tottenham. This game against Everton will be the first of a two-game ban.
The injury news coming out of Newcastle is that of Tim Krul, who picked up his injury on international duty with Holland. This will prove a big ask for Newcastle both without their first-choice keeper and up against the attacking threat of Everton.
Fabricio Coloccini will face a late fitness test ahead of the game and Cheick Tiote is still out following his injury in the first game of the season.
Everton v Newcastle Betting Tips Verdict
Everton won this game 3-1 last season in May and history can repeat itself as I do fancy the home team to pick up three points. Importantly, the Goodison crowd will play a huge role in the outcome.
- Bet on Everton to win at biggest betting odds of 5/6 with Coral and Paddy Power.
- Take Jelavic to be first goalscorer @ 11/2 with BetVictor or William Hill.