Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.
Date: Mon 30th Sep, 2013.
Kick off: 8.00pm.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffs).
UK TV: Sky Sports.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s game against Everton.
As I mentioned in my earlier mega-match preview for this game, this is always an interesting encounter as Everton are the closest team we can compare ourselves to, a kind of benchmark test against a team with similar resources to Newcastle United. Everton are the team we should fighting with for 7th place, though sadly, thanks to the dysfunctional nature of Newcastle Unoted under it’s current ownership, they have usually done better then we have. Here’s hoping we can reverse the usual trend this evening though.
As I have already done a pretty extrensive preview which you can read via the link above if you want to, I will keep this piece fairly brief. So for now I will just get on with my usual reminders that I will be updating this later with the final team sheets for the game, as well as links to watch the game online in the comments section. As well as this, I will also be posting match highlights, as well as a full match video when available.
Howay the Lads!
Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard (G); Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (c), Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Leon Osman, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas; Romelu Lukaku
Subs: Joel Robles (G), John Stones, John Heitinga, Gerard Deulofeu, Steven Naismith, Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.