On Wednesday evening, Newcastle United will host Everton at St James’ Park, hoping to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Following impressive 4-1 and 5-1 wins over Fulham and Brentford, the Magpies earned a credible point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United away last weekend. Eddie Howe’s team remains sixth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Back at home, Howe will want to see his team take on Everton, who come to Tyneside after a 2-0 loss to Tottenham.
Newcastle United Team News
Newcastle’s club-record signing Alexander Isak will be out until December after suffering a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem, Eddie Howe confirmed in his presser. Allan Saint-Maximin also suffered a setback on his road to recovery from a hamstring problem last week, joining Matt Ritchie, Karl Darlow, and Emil Krafth for a spell on the sidelines.
Fabian Schar hobbled off the Old Trafford turf in the second half but is fit to face Everton, while Jonjo Shelvey returned to the matchday squad for the first time this season on Sunday and is available for selection again even though he still seems to be some way off a start.
Nick Pope kept a clean sheet against Man United and will be determined to keep another when Everton visits Newcastle in midweek.
Due to a quick turnaround, Howe may decide to freshen up his side. Fabian Schar is fine to play again but the Newcastle boss may choose not to risk the defender. This could see Dan Burn getting tucked into his natural position at center-back in the Newcastle lineup, where the lanky Englishman will partner Sven Botman.
Matt Targett should receive a start at left-back, with Kieran Trippier hoping to produce a strong display from the other side of the defense in the Newcastle lineup.
In a bid to freshen things up, Joe Willock could be handed a start in the Newcastle lineup against the Toffees. Willock could replace Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park, joining Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton as a result. The Newcastle midfield must function as a unit and compete with the likes of Amadou Onana, Alex Iwobi, and Idrissa Gueye on Wednesday.
Longstaff and Ryan Fraser might have to settle for a place on the bench, but the duo could be brought on in the second half of the game if needed.
Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron will occupy the wide positions in the Newcastle lineup, looking to cause problems for Frank Lampard’s side with their pace, energy, and directness. With Saint-Maximin and Isak injured, Callum Wilson becomes a certainty to lead the Magpies’ attack.