90+5’ - Mercifully there’s the final whistle, and Everton continue to be absymal on Saturday early kickoffs. Switch off and enjoy your weekend Blues, nothing to see or say here.
90+2’ - Corner for the Blues on the left. James will take, misses everyone in the box and Newcastle can break.
Wilson is ALL ALONE AGAIN, and one-on-one with Pickford he hammers it low into the far post. 2-0, game over.
90’ - There will be five minutes added on. Wilson wins another freekick outside the Everton box, and a big chunk out of those five minutes are going to go for this.
Shelvey gets it over the wall and just over the bar.
88’ - Newcastle are doing well playing keep-away as Everton are not showing any real desire to even salvage a point anymore.
Play held up as Hendrick is booked for a studs-up challenge. Wins the ball, and probably saves him a sending-off.
84’ - Digne with another chance to cross into the box, takes a Newcastle deflection and they can clear.
81’ - Good cross from an open Digne but it’s too high and the goalie recovers. The Frenchman has been available all day. Resolute defending from the hosts and Digne wins a corner.
Sigurdsson inswinger, Darlow punches clear well and Digne’s return shot balloons up and over.
79’ - Finally a sense of urgency from the Blues as Coleman also finally gets a ball into the box, but Schar beats Richy to it.
Frustration yellow for James, gets the ball nicked off him and then slides into Almiron. Poor from the superstar.
76’ - Fifteen odd minutes for Everton to find two goals or else see their European dreams start to fizzle away again.
73’ - Tenth corner of the game for the visitors, and this time it pays off. Callum Wilson runs at it unmarked and gets it into the far post. The zonal marking system meant Richarlison didn’t follow his man, and the visitors lead 1-0. Nothing Pickford could do.
68’ - Allan Saint-Maximin is on now for the visitors, and they win their ninth corner of the game that DCL clears well.
65’ - Gomes immediately making a difference winning a corner trying to put a ball into the box. The corner is cleared however.
64’ - Andre Gomes is coming on, and instead of putting Sigurdsson out of his misery, it’s Iwobi coming off.
The Icelander is now at the base of midfield, with Doucoure on the right and Gomes on the right.
61’ - Mina concedes a corner. Whipped into the box, DCL heads away for another corner.
Next one is in and Pickford punches clear.
58’ - Newcastle wins a freekick in line with the 18-yard box, Mina requires two attempts at it to head clear.
Lascelles has left the pitch injured by the way, fullback Clark is on for him, so Schar will move inside.
54’ - Now a chance for the Blues. Richarlison sets up DCL whose shot is saved by Darlow for a corner. The goalie then clears the corner, the ball finds its way back into the box and Mina has a chance to shoot, blocked.
52’ - Yikes! That was a close shave for Everton as Ryan Fraser sets off on a quick counter, his centre is met by Wilson who is completely unmarked and he beats Pickford.. and the far post. Whew.
50’ - All Everton to start the second half. Nothing particularly useful apart from Digne finding an offside James to set up DCL for a shot.
46’ - Second half underway, starts with Pickford doing well to prevent a block from Doucoure becoming a corner. No changes to either side.
Halftime Thoughts - For as aggressive a starting lineup that was, the Blues have certainly not looked the part on the pitch, not sustained for longer than small bursts here and there.
45+3’ - Richarlison has an opening in the box and tries a snapshot with his left foot, well wide. There’s the halftime whistle, much to be talked about at the break for Ancelotti.
45+2’ - A foul throw from James ends a chance of an attack. He looks a bit bemused.
45’ - Three minutes added on. Everton are just letting Newcastle have the ball to the frustration of Blues everywhere.
39’ - Hayden snaps into James, foul and the Colombian is quite unhappy. Advantage was played, but Everton then lose the ball and get nothing out of it.
36’ - Two quick shots - DCL plays in James whose shot is parried by Darlow, and then Richarlison set up by Doucoure but places the ball just wide.
32’ - After half an hour Newcastle will be the happier side so far as Everton have fallen off in the last ten minutes or so.
Wilson’s movement is certainly causing Everton trouble, and he is cut down by Sigurdsson just outside the box, the Icelander gets a yellow card for his trouble. Shelvey goes over the wall and it’s can’t dip back down.
30’ - Wilson forces a corner now. Lowish corner beats Richarlison, Wilson’s flick is goalbound and Pickford and the bar put it out for another corner. This one is cleared.
28’ - Everton relinquishing possession a bit too easily trying to play out from the back with Newcastle pressing high and Ancelotti is quite displeased.
25’- Wilson’s elbow catches Mina flush in the jaw going up for a high ball, and the big Colombian is down.
22’ - Richarlison cuts into the centre channel and fires off a shot at goal, Darlow parries away.
Newcastle passing the ball just outside the Everton box, Shelvey releases a low shot to the far post, touch off Mina takes it past Pickford and for a corner that Keane clears.
20’ - Mina clears a cross for a corner, that is cleared well.
Shelvey’s fourth foul so far earns him a yellow card, late in on James’s foot.
19’ - James frees Richarlison and Digne’s early cross is high and retrieved by Darlow, James indicating to his teammates to slow it down.
17’ - DCL and Iwobi combine to free the winger down the right, his cross into the box is high. Offside flag is up though.
15’ - Shelvey’s third foul in fifteen minutes, cutting down Iwobi. James inswinger into the box, goes off Lascelles, hits Mina who was not ready for it and the ball goes over.
13’ - Weak call for a foul by Digne, Shelvey to cross into the box. Mina and DCL clear the cross and the resulting ball into the box.
12’ - Callum Wilson takes a pop at goal from just inside the box, blocked for a corner that is cleared well by Richarlison.
6’ - Digne cross into the box is dropped by Darlow, who has to hustle to clear it after that.
Another cross from Digne and now Darlow punches out for a corner. Sigurdsson to take, initial corner cleared and then Everton can’t get the ball back into the box.
4’ - Richarlison skips past Shelvey and then is hauled down by Lascelles, the defender quickly into the box.
Freekick taken short, comes to James who crosses into the box. Mina gets his head to it first before Darlow and heads just over the bar. Oooh.
3’ - Calvert-Lewin runs into Newcastle goalie Darlow chasing a long ball from Pickford, the #9 was looking to avoid contact but the ref still calls it a foul.
1’ - We’re underway!
The lineups are out, and Ancelotti has not only kept faith with Jordan Pickford, he's named an attacking lineup for this one too. Looks like a 4-3-3 with Doucoure in the middle and Iwobi with Sigurdsson in front of him.
This smells like a trap game for the Blues, the big question here is that can Everton not play down to inferior opposition for once and settle this one early, or will they let Newcastle United hang around and potentially scupper a chance at picking up all three points?
The Magpies are struggling under Steve Bruce with just the one win in their last ten games in the league, so they will be motivated to complete the league double over the Toffees after a surprise win at St. James Park earlier this season.
Carlo Ancelotti will have midfield dynamo Abdoulaye Doucoure back from suspension, but will need to decide how aggressive he wants to get with his fullbacks and which two midfielders to pair with the Frenchman against the Toon.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 19
Date and start time: Saturday, January 30th at 4:30 a.m. PT / 7:30 a.m ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
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Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Doucoure, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Virginia, Olsen, Kenny, Holgate, Godfrey, Gomes, Davies, Gordon
Darlow, Manquillo, Hayden, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Almiron, Fraser, Wilson
Subs: Dubravka, Clark, M Longstaff, Carroll, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Gayle, Krafth, Anderson
Ref: Stuart Attwell VAR: Kevin Friend
Newcastle have a pretty decent record against Everton since Carlo Ancelotti joined and led the Blues to an away win at St. James Park. They met earlier this season at Goodison Park with the Blues injury and suspension crisis hitting its peak, and left with a 2-1 win after a flat performance from the Toffees.
The last time Everton hosted Newcastle was a game that most of us have tried very hard to erase from our memories, with the Blues leading 2-0 very late on with goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean, but somehow they contrived to concede twice in time added on from setpieces to end up with a 2-2 draw - quite possibly a low point under Ancelotti’s regime.