Picking up three points against Burnley on Boxing Day in what was Carlo Ancelloti’s welcoming party, Everton will look to make it two in two when they make the trip to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Battling hard to snatch a 1-0 win over that Clarets on Merseyside just 48 hours ago, the Toffees are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matchups, a run that also saw them pick up a 3-1 win over Chelsea earlier in the month.
On the flip side, while Everton might be looking to secure back-to-back victories, Newcastle simply have their sights set on making a return to winning ways after their collapse at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
While Saturday’s hosts may have suffered back-to-back defeats outside of the North East, the Magpies have a growing reputation for their form on home soil and they should also be boosted by Everton’s most recent trip to the Toon.
When the two sides faced off at St. James’ Park back in March, Newcastle secured a 3-2 win and a similar home victory can be found at 5/2 with Betfair.
The North East fortress
Despite taking a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and eventually watching Manchester United cruise to a 4-1 victory, there is no doubt that Steve Bruce will be glad to make a return to St. James’ Park this weekend.
Still maintaining their top half status nearing closer to 2020, a huge part of the Magpies’ recent resurge in December has come thanks to their continued success in the North East.
Including picking up a 2-2 draw off of reigning champions Manchester City last month, the one-time Sunderland boss finds his squad in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run on home soil, their best run since April 2012 when under former boss Alan Pardew.
Also recording a pair of strikes in three of their last four matches at St. James’, you might be interested to know that Newcastle are priced at 9/4 with Ladbrokes to once again bag over 1.5 goals on Saturday afternoon.
Elsewhere, after being rested at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, the duo of Andy Carroll and Jonjo Shelvey are in line for a recall to Bruce’s starting XI this weekend.
A “special” win for Carlo Ancelotti
After leaving many across the Premier League shocked by the announcement that Carlo Ancelotti would be taking over at Goodison last week, the former Napoli boss saw his new squad get off to a much-needed winning start on Boxing Day.
Leaving it late to grab a 1-0 win over Burnley at Goodison 48 hours ago, the Blues have managed to form a buffer between them and the drop zone and now have their sights set on mounting a top half charge.
With caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson offering Everton a new spark during his temporary time in charge, Saturday’s travelling support could be looking for the resurging Dominic Calvert-Lewin to spearhead their charge this weekend.
Bagging the winner against Burnley earlier in the week, the England youth international is enjoying arguably his brightest spell on Merseyside and has scored six goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season, as many as he bagged in 35 games last term.
Also finding the net in his last matchup at St. James’ Park, you might be interested to know that the 22-year-old can be found priced at 2/1 with Coral to make it back-to-back strikes.