Everton v Newcastle

Barclays Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park Date: Saturday, 18 September Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, full match commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 FM, 1485 AM and DAB, Final Score & highlights on Match of the Day

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has said that he may make changes following the disappointing defeat to Blackpool.
Hatem Ben Arfa is pushing for a starting spot after an exciting cameo last week and Sol Campbell and Chiek Tiote could make their debuts.
Everton manager David Moyes will give a late fitness test to key midfielder Tim Cahill, who has a knee injury.
Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha remain on the sidelines, but Phil Neville is fully fit after three weeks out.

Doubtful: Cahill (knee)
Injured: Anichebe & Saha (both knee), Rodwell (ankle)
Suspended: Xisco (two matches)
Injured: Best & Simpson (both ankle), Gosling & Guthrie (both knee), S Taylor (shoulder)

As the board went up to signify the start of injury time last Saturday with his side 3-1 down at home to the might of Manchester United, Everton boss David Moyes was staring at another defeat and a start to the season that was taking another worrying turn.
Every player is hungry to play for Newcastle and that sort of competition is what we want... We wanted a squad situation and that's what we've got
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton
But the dramatic interventions from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta spectacularly salvaged a draw that could be the catalyst to get the Toffees out of a sticky mess.
More than anything, Moyes will have been delighted to see the back of the net bulge three times, given Everton had managed a solitary goal in their previous three league games.
The Blues will have been further boosted by Blackpool bringing Saturday's opponents Newcastle crashing back to earth last week. Magpies boss Chris Hughton will demand an improvement after that shock loss saw his side surrender their year-long unbeaten home record.
Away matches have proved to be Newcastle's Achilles heel in the Premier League, managing just five wins in their previous two seasons in the top flight. They will also be desperate to end a run of results against Liverpool-based teams that have made their trips to Merseyside a misery - it is 15 matches since they last won at Goodison Park or Anfield.

• Everton and Newcastle United have met 150 times in the league. Everton have won 57, Newcastle United 60 and there have been 33 draws.
• The home side has not lost in the last 15 league matches between these teams, since Newcastle won away at Goodison Park in 2001.
• Newcastle have not won on their last seven league visits to Goodison Park.
• It is 16 years since Everton failed to win any of their first four league matches of the season.
• Everton have had the joint-most shots so far this season (83, including blocked efforts) yet they have not won a game.
• Tim Cahill needs to score twice to register a century of league goals in English football.
• Newcastle are the only side to name the same starting XI in all four games in the league this season.
• They have not won on any of their last 15 Premier League visits to Merseyside against either Everton or Liverpool.
• James Perch is the only player to be shown a yellow card in all four league matches this season. Edgar Davids is the only other player to have been booked in his first four matches in Premier League history.
• Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has made only four saves in four league games this season.

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Martin Yerby
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell


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