Everton vs Newcastle: Action and analysis from Goodison Park. It will be the third time this campaign that he has been in charge of a Newcastle game this season – with both of the previous two ending in draws. His first game was the draw with Southampton on the opening day of the season. He then officiated the stalemate at Old Trafford in the early stages of the season. He has overseen 25 matches in the Premier League, Championship, Europa League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, issuing 75 yellow cards and one red. Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side did Newcastle United no favours last night, losing 2-1 to relegation rivals Bournemouth – helping them move seven points clear of the Magpies, though they have tonight’s game in hand. click here
And after the game, Pardew claimed that his side don’t get as many decisions from referees as what his Toon side did.
This is another one of those matches where Everton needs to get serious and pick up points if they hope to salvage their season. Currently Newcastle sits in the relegation zone with 21 points while Everton has settled into 12th place with 29 points.
How to Watch & Listen
Match Date and Time: Wednesday, February 3rd at 19:45 GMT / 2:45 p.m. EST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Merseyside
Match Forecast: 6° C / 44° F; C Light rain. Winds WNW at 15mph. 40% chance of rain.
New Everton signing Oumar Niasse, who has joined from Lokomotiv Moscow, is not yet eligible to make his debut.
Kevin Mirallas and Muhamed Besic remain out with injuries, while Tim Howard will be assessed after suffering a knock in training on Monday.
Andros Townsend could make his Newcastle debut, while deadline-day signing Seydou Doumbia is available after his visa arrived in time.
Jack Colback and Paul Dummett could return from injuries.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “We know our fans will support us. The moment we give them something to shout about then Goodison is an incredible ground.
“We want to raise expectations but that brings an anxiety about winning games.
“We want to solve the poor run of results at Goodison. The fans understand.”
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren: “I think we’ve done great business [in the transfer window]. We made four very good signings and I’m absolutely delighted with what we’ve done.