Match PreviewEverton make the trip up to the northeast to take on Newcastle Utd in what will be Carlo Ancelotti's second game in charge and the Blues' last fixture of 2019.
The Italian has indicated that he will make a number of changes to the side that started against Burnley on Boxing Day because of the demands of having to play twice in the space of two days. That could mean starts for the likes of Michael Keane, Leighton Baines, Tom Davies and Theo Walcott.
Newcastle will be coming off a 4-1 hiding at Old Trafford and will be keen to make amends in front of their home crowd.
A win for Everton would lift them above the Magpies on goal difference and could, if results go their way elsewhere, move them into the top half of the table.
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday, 28 December 2019
Referee: Lee Mason
Last Time: Newcastle 3 - 2 Everton
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1 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:23:44
2 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:41:59
Carlo will have a "Cunning Plan"
3 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:45:45
4 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:47:55
I love his endorsement of DCL, Richarlison and Kean. I've been supporting DCL from day one and have always thought he's a Sharpyesque type who will come good under a proper manager. Richarlison will benefit massively if he's played in his strongest position- LW. And if there really is a player in Kean, Ancellotti will bring it out.
So, no striker in January but we do need a creative MF player and a centre half. I can think of two Napoli players who would fit the bill perfectly.
5 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:50:21
6 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:52:58
7 Posted 28/12/2019 at 08:54:28
I doubt whether either side will have trained since Thursday, but we have do have the psychological advantage that we have won our previous game, although that could be cancelled out by Newcastle having home advantage.
Where, this season under the not so popular at the time Steve Bruce, (having managed Sunderland) has certainly turned their home form around despite this.
I have watched them a couple of times this season, and they are more workmanlike than skillful, so we will have to match them in that department, being almost down to bare bones again.
I am ever hopeful of a win and the Ancelotti/Ferguson factor may just swing it our way.
8 Posted 28/12/2019 at 09:02:48
Anyway, should be a tough game, and a win would provide a huge boost -away from home wins being such a rarity.vcouod provide the necessary boost to go on a seal the title race (unfortunately) by taking points at City. Begin new year on a high and make a charge for too 6 in second half of season.
Worth a punt on Kean breaking his duck I'd say. 2-1 (coming from behind to end another Marco hoodoo)
9 Posted 28/12/2019 at 09:10:23
They are dangerous on the left wing but the their defence is ponderous and Man U took advantage of them backing off, shooting from the edge of the box rather than trying to walk it in.
Surely we can do better than blowing a two goal lead last last season.
10 Posted 28/12/2019 at 09:15:38
11 Posted 28/12/2019 at 09:43:27
12 Posted 28/12/2019 at 09:46:41
Coleman - Holgate - Keane - Baines
Walcott - Davies - Sigurdsson - Richarlison
Kean - DCL
Would like to see a youngster or two on the bench, give Delph a rest having played two in a row as we'll need him against Citeh.
2-0 Blues, DCL and Kean ðŸ¤™
13 Posted 28/12/2019 at 09:58:12
Will people like Lee Mason see us differently now that Carlo Ancelotti's our manager (sorry for repeating that fact, still can't quite believe it)
14 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:00:50
Other teams have not been afraid to blood the youngsters and in most cases it has paid dividends.
15 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:05:54
16 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:11:17
Still we hade worse than him on Thursday in Anthony Taylor, and we survived.
As long as Lee Mason ' keeps his hair on ' Oops! Freudian Slip! :-)
17 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:18:01
18 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:20:21
19 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:24:09
I can't stand Jordan Henderson but that fucker argues every decision that goes against his team. That must wear some refs down.
P.s. and cut out all the niceties in the tunnel before games!
20 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:24:31
21 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:26:03
Having said that I know Ancelotti is not averse to rotating his teams whether they have won or not previously, it keeps them on their toes, and competition for places.
Mind you he has had stronger squads previously, so did have the luxury of that option.
22 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:28:58
23 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:29:26
Other than that, same again, unless Digne needs a rest, then Baines is a good shout keeping Digne healthy and ready for City (Baines Vs City and Bernardo Silva/de Bruyne is asking for trouble).
Kean off the bench for.the winner.
24 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:45:28
25 Posted 28/12/2019 at 10:54:40
I've been watching Everton for over sixty years. I don't want a return to Don Revie's Leeds in the sixties, but respect, tinged with fear seems to produce the right result
Fancifully, perhaps some of NZ style pre-kick-off routine might help, though at the moment it would probably me more like a Morris dance than a Haka!
26 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:03:33
The christmas fixture list sort of gives managers some freedom in that respect.
The games are demanding, close together, players are tired and not a great deal of football is played.
We have players that should be showing hunger to be back in the side and the beauty of it is, they haven't been out too long and should want to show the manager they want a position.
This could be the best time to change a winning team.
In another subject, anyone willing to open their minds a bit, watch a video on youtube by a man called Paul Rulkens. (An intelligent Author, busisness advisor) It is titled, why the majority is always wrong.
Something i have suggested for a long time about mass trends and hype.
Somebody suggested it to me today so i haven't seen it all yet but its well worth a listen.
27 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:08:21
We've had 3 hours more recovery time than the barcodes, that could be important!!!!!
28 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:10:01
29 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:16:34
Derek 14- Carlo will always choose experience over youth so I wouldn't get too optimistic that getting rid of Silva will take us back to what Martinez was trying to do. Davies from the start and Gordon from the bench were 2 of the early casualties against Burnley
30 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:49:58
Okay, it mightn't go anywhere but at least it'll give the incompetent fucker a kicking and leverage in the inevitable 'I told you so' when the club complain yet again of his performance.
Personally, I'm sick of him and Jon Moss etc all on 𧵄k a year turning up for work and putting in a mistake ridden shift that would get anyone, in any job disciplined.
Ruined the game for me before it kicks off.
31 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:56:54
I think we'll see more bias towards us now that Ancellotti is in charge. Mason is as bad as most - in fact, Michael Oliver apart, I can't think of a decent ref!
Reckon we'll get the job done today. 2-1 or 1-0. Come on you Blues.
32 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:57:57
33 Posted 28/12/2019 at 11:58:48
I'm just wandering how old the video is.
34 Posted 28/12/2019 at 12:02:53
35 Posted 28/12/2019 at 12:14:06
It is the way he articulates the theory I found interesting. Its not always easy convincing people there is another way of doing things but he is good with his simple examples.
36 Posted 28/12/2019 at 12:17:37
I think one point is okay today. Many tired legs in both teams.
37 Posted 28/12/2019 at 12:22:05
We lost that game in March at St James' because Pickford was basically a knobhead that afternoon, and I can't see Ancelotti letting him get away with that this time.
We will be potentially up against Andy Carroll and we know aerially he's a threat against us.
Attacking wise chances will probably be at a premium, usually we create very little I'm away games do it's important that what chances do arise are clinically taken.
As has been stated this is a better chance to get points on the board that at City on Wednesday so hopefully we can have a real big push to get a positive result today.
38 Posted 28/12/2019 at 12:45:42
He does need to focus on what matters and stop getting involved in things he needs no part of.
39 Posted 28/12/2019 at 12:55:00
Yes, Pickford needs to have learnt, or have taken a sedative. If I see him starry-eyed and hyper, I will fear for the worst. The Geordies are the biggest wind-up merchants in the business, whether you can understand them or not.
Ancelotti will probably stick with the same flexible formation, particularly at the back. The tactics of the midfield and forward p!ay will be interesting, against a more open side. He will probably want more forward play, rather than knock-downs and runners.
Set-pieces will have been worked on 24/7 since the last game, particularly the ball delivered in. I expect Baines to play and the sub bench to be different. Any of the injured players available.
Anyone knows Ancelotti's record against Newcastle and how his teams played?
40 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:04:08
41 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:06:34
42 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:09:21
43 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:17:08
However they are very limited going forward. Score and score early it will force them to push out. Not their strong suit.
I despise this lot so cannot see past us pasting them 3-0.
44 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:18:18
Please see to it that the refs and the establishment soften their hearts. All we ask for is parity and no more blatant dishonesty from those in charge or commentating.
Amen. 1-2 â€” Come on you Blues...!
45 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:20:41
Nice to see change is coming. As a life-long fan, I think we need that creativity in midfield. Over 10 corners and free-kicks wasted and full-backs making the majority of passes into the centre. Leighton is back for two games and has an instant impact. We need a quality holding midfielder and soon!!
46 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:21:31
Come on Everton! I predict us to win 1-2
47 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:23:08
48 Posted 28/12/2019 at 13:56:19
Don't worry I'll get my coat ! :-)
49 Posted 28/12/2019 at 14:11:50
50 Posted 28/12/2019 at 14:38:16
I love when the likes of this fella can deliver intelligence in simple form.
I think thats the easiest way to open peoples minds and have more confidence in their own thoughts.
I try that when talking about Everton though and still feel disillusioned haha.
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