Date: Tues 25th March 2014.
Venue: St James’ Park.
Referee: Lee Mason.
UK TV: None.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our match banter for this evening’s game aginst Everton.
Once again, miscreant manager Alan Pardew will be restrained in his Benton office, leaving assistant John Carver to handle things in the dugout once again. This time though, it will be against a tricky Toffees side who have won their last three Premier League games.
You can see the recent form of the two teams below for their last six Premier League games (most recent first).
As you can see, in terms of recent form in the Premier League this evening’s two protagonists coudn’t e any closer with three wins, three losses and 9 points out of 18. Could it be a tight contest this evening?
What the managers have been saying…
Alan Pardew: “Teams normally hit 40 points and switch off but we haven’t done that,” he said. “We want to do our best for the best fans in the country.”
Roberto Martinez: Speaking on Pardew’s stadium ban, the little Spaniard had the following to say, “It must be difficult. I cannot even think how you can cope with that frustration of not being able to help the team and trying to read the game from the sideline,”
On the team news front, I will post the team sheets on here around an hour before the kick off, along with a few links for the game as usual. That only leaves it for me to say
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G); Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard (G); Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Leon Osman (C), Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu; Romelu Lukaku.
Subs: Joel Robles (G), Luke Garbutt, Antolin Alcaraz, Tyias Browning, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith.