Everton will lock horns with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon as they look to build on their solid start to this Premier League campaign. The Toffees suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton last weekend which has halted their momentum heading into this upcoming encounter away at Tyneside.
Carlo Ancelotti could set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and will be forced to name Niels Nkounkou as his left-back in the absence of Lucas Digne who is suspended for this game after picking up a red card versus the Saints last Sunday.
4-3-3 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Newcastle United
Jordan Pickford will continue to feature in between the sticks for the Merseyside club after shipping in two goals in each of his last three appearances in the English first division. Yerry Mina will resume his centre-back partnership with Michael Keane at the back as they focus on coping with the threat of Newcastle’s Callum Wilson during the 90 minutes.
Lucas Digne is suspended for this game while Seamus Coleman is still sidelined because of injury. Therefore, we can expect to see Ben Godfrey keep his place at right-back while Niels Nkounkou fills in on the other side as the left-back.
The Everton midfield might be comprised of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure as they look to retain possession at the centre of the park and deliver some decent service to the front players. The talented trio will even have to work hard towards restricting the opposition from creating too many chances during the game.
Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes will have to be content with a spot on the bench but could come on to make an impact in the second 45 minutes if required.
Ancelotti could opt for a front three of Alex Iwobi, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez, who is a slight worry ahead of this clash at St. James’ Park this weekend. Calvert-Lewin has been enjoying the form of his life in the Premier League over the past few weeks. Hence, he will be hungry to score more goals when he laces up to clash heads with the Magpies defenders on Sunday.
Anthony Gordon will make up the numbers on the Toffees bench as he awaits his chance to shine as an impact substitute if Ancelotti decides to call upon his services.