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Venue: St James's Park, Newcastle
Premier League
 Wednesday 13 December 2017; 7:45pm
0 1
Half Time: 0-1
Rooney 27'
Attendance: 51,042
Fixture 17
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Matchday Updates

A solitary Wayne Rooney strike earned Everton victory at St James's Park in what was a mostly dire encounter against a poor Newcastle United side.

The veteran striker celebrated his 100th appearance in all competitions for the Blues by scoring, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, when he react quickly to knock home a loose ball following a howler by goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Newcastle twice hit the woodwork in a first-half which they largely dominated and Darlow had to be at his best to prevent Ashley Williams from killing the game with a second-half header, but the home side ran out of ideas and steam allowing Everton to see out the win in fairly comfortable circumstances.

Sam Allardyce named a slightly changed line-up from the one that started the Merseyside derby, with Aaron Lennon and Morgan Schneiderlin replacing Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies.

At the back, Mason Holgate kept his place alongside Ashley Williams while Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane were on the bench.

Everton started on the back foot, with Newcastle hoping to avoid a fourth successive home defeat by putting some early pressure on the visitors.

Rooney sold Martina short with a headed pass with just a minute gone that was intercepted and the defender tripped his man right on the edge of the box. Mark Ritchie's low shot deflected off Schneiderlin and behind, however.

Though they kept the ball much more than was the case at Anfield, Everton offered very little going forward in the early minutes. Sigurdsson tried to release Calvert-Lewinbut an apparent block off by Lascelles on the young striker wasn't deemed a foul by referee Atkinson.

A decent passing move ended with Sigurdsson laying Lennon's cross off to Gueye but he fluffed a shot with his weaker left foot.

Ritchie then had a low shot in the 20th minute saved by Pickford after the ball ricocheted off Schneiderlin on the edge of the box but the contest would pivot on a couple of incidents, one at either end.

Sigurdsson's cross in the 24th minute just eluded the straining neck of Calvert-Lewin and Newcastle countered, with Ritchie going on a slaloming run before slamming a shot off the post.

A minute later, Lennon popped up on the end of a cross from Calvert-Lewin following a neat interchange just outside the box that was spilled by Darlow and Rooney reacted quickest to stab the loose ball home.

Newcastle responded and Merino cracked a shot off the inside of the post while Ritchie had an effort saved late in the half but Everton managed to get in at the break ahead at 1-0.

Lejeune went close for the Magpies when his header bounced wide of the post but chances remained few and far between for either side.

Nikola Vlasic replaced Lennon on the hour mark before Holgate deflected Shelvey's speculative drive behind for a corner that Pickford punched clear.

Great work by Vlasic opened things up for Gueye to prod into space for Sigurdsson but the Iceland international miscued his shot badly and it flew high over the crossbar.

Vlasic was on the ball again when he was bundled over, handing Sigurdsson a free kick from a deep position from which he picked out Williams unmarked but Darlow made an excellent save diving to his right to push the Welsh international's header behind.

Davies came on to replace Rooney with a quarter of an hour to go as Allardyce's second change of the night.

Newcastle continued to struggle to make chances but Atsu had a sight of goal with eight minutes to go but it made for a routine save for Pickford.

The final change for Everton followed shortly afterwards as Jagielka was introduced in place of Sigurdsson as Allardyce bolstered his defensive unit in an attempt to see the game out.

With less than three minutes of the regulation 90 left, Davies was fouled by Yedlin setting up a free kick wide on the left which Schneiderlin took short to Davies to take into the corner flag.

Four minutes of added time went up on the board as Shelvey hoisted a high ball that Williams managed to head behind but the resulting corner was cleared.

Gueye tried to carry the ball clear in the final minute of added time and was scythed down by Shelvey who was shown a second yellow card.

The victory, Everton's third in four matches since going down 4-1 at Southampton, closes the points gap between the Blues in 10th and Watford in 9th and sets Allardyce's men up nicely for consecutive home games before Christmas.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Wednesday 13 December 2017
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Last Time: Newcastle 0 - 1 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Lennon, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Robles, Keane, Jagielka, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman, Niasse

Match Preview

Everton travel to the northeast for the first of four games in the space of 13 days to take on Newcastle United.

Sam Allardyce and his team take their steadily improving confidence from a four-game unbeaten run to St James's Park looking to build on Sunday's draw in the Merseyside derby and earn what would be the Blues' first away win since January.

Having been forced to defend his tactics against Liverpool in Sunday's Merseyside derby which resulted in his side having just 21% of possession, it will interesting to see how Allardyce sets his team up against Newcastle, a team that has lost their last three home games, haven't won any of the last six, and currently sit just two points above the relegation zone.

Certainly, it will call for a more expansive and attacking style of plan than was in evidence at Anfield but whether he opts for the same formation and strike partnership of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse remains to be seen. Niasse was withdrawn at half-time in the derby after an anonymous 45 minutes but this is likely to be a very different game.

In terms of his back line, Allardyce, who cancelled the team's Christmas party to keep focus on turning around Everton's poor form this season amid a congested list of fixtures, will again be without Leighton Baines who continues to battle a calf injury and that will see Cuco Martina continue as an emergency left back.

Phil Jagielka is fit again having come on as a late substitute last time out and could replace either Mason Holgate or Ashley Williams but the manager may also feel it would be harsh to drop either of the centre-halves who started the last three League games seeing as it's a partnership that has yielded just one goal in that time.

In midfield, Morgan Schneiderlin made a case for his inclusion with a composed second-half display against Liverpool but while Yannick Bolasie turned out for the Under-23s on Monday evening, James McCarthy was again absent as he struggles to overcome his latest soft-tissue problem.

For Allardyce's former club, defender Jamaal Lascelles is set to return after more than a month out but Paul Dummett remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The Magpies are slight favourites with oddsmakers thanks to home advantage but you can always get attractive prices with first scorer and final score combinations.

A win for the Blues would bring them level on points with Watford in ninth place and lift them closer to the top of the pack that has come adrift somewhat from the top seven.

It would also help further the notion in the camp and among supporters that the club is moving in the right direction again and with the right management and recruitment in January, the season could yet be salvaged in terms of a European challenge and a run in the FA Cup.

Kick-off: 7.45pm, Wednesday 13 December, 2017
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Last Time: Newcastle 0 - 1 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Kenny, Jagielka, Williams, Martina, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Lennon, Calvert-Lewin

Lyndon Lloyd

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  Merino booked (Perez 86')
  Ritchie (Aarons 74')
  Diame (Joselu 67')
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  Holgate booked
  Lennon (Vlasic 61')
  Sigurdsson (Jagielka)
  Rooney (Davies 76')
  Calvert-Lewin booked
  Subs not used
  Baines (injured)
  Barkley (injured)
  Bolasie (unfit)
  Coleman (injured)
  Funes Mori (injured)
  McCarthy (injured)
  Tarashaj (injured)
  Browning (loan)
  Dowell (loan)
  Galloway (loan)
  Onyekuru (loan)
  Pennington (loan)
  J. Williams (loan)

Match Stats

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Premier League Scores
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C Palace 2-1 Watford
Huddersfield 1-3 Chelsea
Liverpool 0-0 West Brom
Man United 1-0 Bournemouth
Newcastle 0-1 Everton
Southampton 1-4 Leicester
Swansea 0-4 Man City
Tottenham 2-0 Brighton
West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Team Pts
1 Manchester City 49
2 Manchester United 38
3 Chelsea 35
4 Tottenham Hotspur 31
5 Liverpool 31
6 Burnley 31
7 Arsenal 30
8 Leicester City 26
9 Watford 22
10 Everton 22
11 Southampton 18
12 Huddersfield Town 18
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 17
14 Bournemouth 16
15 Stoke City 16
16 Newcastle United 15
17 West Bromwich Albion 14
18 Crystal Palace 14
19 West Ham United 14
20 Swansea City 12

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