Everton vs Newcastle Preview May 13th

by Punter's Hero on May 13, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Everton will be hosting Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Sunday May 13 in the English Premier League finale for both teams. However, there’s a lot more riding on the game for Newcastle than there is for Everton. If fifth-place Newcastle wins they could still possibly finish in third or fourth place on the season, depending on the results of the West Brom vs Arsenal, and Fulham vs Tottenham games. Third place will guarantee them passage to the European Champions League next season.

If they happen to finish in fourth place, Newcastle could still be on their way to the qualifying rounds of the Champions League if Bayern Munich beats Chelsea in the Champions League Final in Munich next weekend. If Newcastle finishes fourth and Chelsea wins the Champions League then they’ll have to settle for playing in the Europa League next season.

Newcastle lost valuable points last weekend in a 2-0 home loss to Manchester City and dropped two crucial points. They have 65 points on the season while Spurs have 66 and Arsenal has 67. If Arsenal beats West Brom they’ll guarantee themselves third place and Newcastle and spurs will have to battle it out for fourth. This means Newcastle could win their match, but still end up in fifth and in the Europa League.

Everton has 53 points, are in seventh place, and are just one ahead of their Merseyside neighbours Liverpool as well as Fulham. You can bet they’ll be motivated to finish the season ahead of the Reds. For Everton to win though, they’ll have to keep an eye on Newcastle’s pair of Senegalese strikers, Papiss Cisse, who has 13 goals in 13 games, and Demba Ba. Cisse has scored some of the most remarkable goals in the league this season, but was ineffective last week against City.

Newcastle has played well on the road this season with eight wins. The only teams to have more away wins are Man City and Man United. Everton’s last game wasn’t much to write home about as they were held to a 0-0 away draw by last-placed and relegated Wolves. Everton can’t move up in the standings, but could drop two spaces with a loss.

Newcastle has won two of their last five meetings with two others being draws and Everton winning just once. Everton has just one win in their last five games with three draws and a loss. Newcastle has three wins and two losses in their past five outings.

Everton may have some good news as Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, and Phil Neville could all return to the squad after being sidelined with injuries. It looks like Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe will miss the match though with muscle problems. For Newcastle, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, and Peter Lovenkrands are all expected to miss the game with injuries. Danny Guthrie could be back in the squad though and Shola Ameobi may join him.

This is a massive game for Newcastle, and if Cisse and Ba do their jobs, should be able to grab a valuable three points here.

Sportsbook William Hill has the current odds of an Everton win at 6/5 with a Newcastle victory at 23/10 and a draw at 23/10.

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