It has been an unbelievably tough stretch for Newcastle United recently, and manager Steve Bruce enters Gameweek 21 firmly on the hotseat for the Magpies. This club hasn’t won a league match since December 12th, and Saturday’s early encounter vs. Everton will not be easy.
Everton are coming off of a solid mid-week result against Leicester City, and though the match ended in a draw – Carlo Ancelotti’s club can surely take lots of positives from the way in which they played. The Toffees continue their pursuit of a European qualification spot this season, and they’ll certainly see Saturday’s clash vs. Newcastle as one in which they need to secure all three points in victory.
Newcastle enter this contest coming off of yet another defeat, this time to Leeds United earlier in the week. They’re firmly in the relegation battle, and if their form isn’t turned around in a hurry – changes might need to be made at the once glorious club.
With the intrigue surrounding Newcastle United at the moment, it makes this contest one worth watching. Everton shouldn’t slip up, but a determined Magpies club are simply desperate for results. That should bring about some exciting soccer action Saturday morning as these two clubs lock horns in Merseyside. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further team news, tactical analysis, and a betting prediction for this big showdown.
Everton vs. Newcastle Betting Odds:
Everton -1 (+115)
Newcastle +1 (-135)
Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by MyBookie.ag
Everton vs. Newcastle Pick:
While Everton are slated to enter Saturday’s affair without some key offensive pieces, they still sit as rightful favourites over lowly Newcastle.
Ancelotti’s side will likely be without Fabian Delph and Allan, though as long as the Toffees boast the dangerous attacking trio of Richarlison, James Rodriguez, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top – this is an Everton side that is tough to keep off the scoresheet. Those three enter in impressive form, and against a Newcastle defense that does not defend well, look for the Toffees to fill the net again in Gameweek 21.
For Newcastle, though this is a club that on paper should be able to cause problems for opposition, they simply haven’t. They’ve been careless with the ball, and struggle winning it back in the field. Their defense is atrocious, and though they have some key pace and skill up front with Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, they simply aren’t generating enough offense and/or chances. Manager Steve Bruce needs to shock the system, but reportedly was leaning towards an unchanged starting eleven from his last outing vs. Leeds United.
Given Newcastle’s form, especially away from home, they’re an incredibly difficult team to see just ‘flipping the switch’ and reversing their slump. Right now they don’t do anything well and manager Steve Bruce seemingly has no answers at the moment. Everton are a complete side with no glaring weaknesses. They boast good squad depth, and as they continue their push for a top-four spot, they are good enough to realize they can’t slip up on Saturday afternoon.
Though the home win price is a tad steep, and Newcastle enter completely desperate for result – there’s just too wide a gap in talent here to see the Magpies getting anything out of this contest. The skill of Everton should overwhelm Newcastle on defense, en route to a comfortable victory for the Toffees. A 3-1 score-line seems fitting for the first match of Gameweek 21.