Everton vs. Newcastle United – EPL, January 30, 2021
Everton has not quite lived up to the early season hype – and injuries in November showed that it might not be ready to break into the top four. But there are definitely signs of improvement.
That cannot be said of Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, who is on a terrible run of form and sliding down the EPL table.
Everton vs. Newcastle United Odds
As Sheffield United showed this week, there is always a chance for the weaker teams in the EPL. But they need to be playing well – and Newcastle is not. BetOnline has Everton as the odds on favorite here, and that seems to be just about right considering the way Carlo Ancelotti’s side has been playing recently.
Everton vs. Newcastle United Match Preview
Everton will be happy with the 1-1 draw with Leicester in the week but might have earned more of a result after dominating proceedings for large sections of the game. The fact that the Leicester equalizer came about from another goalkeeping error by Jordan Pickford only makes matters worse.
But Ancelotti had to put out a starting eleven without defensive midfield duo Allan and Doucoure – and will point to the team’s recent record of just one defeat in eight EPL games. The goal from James Rodriguez was also something to enjoy – and perhaps a little overdue.
Newcastle definitely won’t test Everton in the same way as Leicester did, though, that’s for sure. Bruce will be happy that his side looked much better in the second half of the game against Leeds on Tuesday, but it was still a ninth consecutive league game without a win for Newcastle.
There is some rare good news at St James’ Park, though. James Lascelles is back in the starting eleven – and Allan Saint-Maximin was also introduced as a second-half substitute in the defeat to Leeds. Bruce will need those two to help the team in the coming weeks, but they might not be able to stop another loss on Saturday.
Everton vs. Newcastle United Pick
Everton to Win-182
There are some signs of hope for Newcastle, with its better players coming back from long spells on the sideline. But it is facing an Everton side that has been able to compete with the best in the EPL this season – and I’m not sure that it will have too much trouble winning all three points on Saturday, no matter who turns out in the black and white stripes.