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The Toffees suffered their first setback of the campaign as they went down 2-0 at Southampton, but we’d expect them to rediscover their shooting boots given the imperious manner in which they began.
Prior to that result they’d found the net in each of their eight appearances across all competitions this season, with Spurs on the opening day the only ones to deny them more than a single goal.
Even with their latest result, they’ve still scored a minimum of four goals in four of their last seven matches.
Defensively, Carlo Ancelotti’s charges still have some considerable work to do and they failed to register a clean sheet across those last seven outings, with both teams scoring in six of these.
Six of these games also saw a minimum of three goals, as five saw four or more, so we’d expect an entertaining clash at St James’ Park.
Both Teams To Score
Recent head to heads would support that claim with both teams scoring in all four encounters over the past two seasons, as the last three meetings each saw a minimum of three goals.
Meanwhile, the Magpies have seen both teams find the net in each of their last five now, though these haven’t been quite so high-scoring with three of them 1-1 stalemates with Spurs, Notts County and Wolves.
Although Richarlison remains suspended for the visitors and James Rodriguez is a slight doubt, Everton should still possess the firepower to grab a goal here given Newcastle’s inability to keep clean sheets.
In fact, Steve Bruce’s men have recorded just two shutouts from 14 league matches, with both teams scoring in 10 of these.
At St. James’ Park alone, both sides have scored in six of seven matches over this period, with five of the last six featuring a minimum of four goals, while they themselves have conceded at least three times in four of their past five here.
Everton’s defensive absentees or doubts such as Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate and Lucas Digne can’t dissuade us from backing both teams to score.
Summer signing Ben Godfrey struggled to contain Southampton’s Nathan Redmond last time out, and even if more natural right-back Jonjoe Kenny returns to the line-up, we wouldn’t expect the switch to prove decisive.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin To Score Anytime
With Newcastle conceding so many in their home games and with final-third action on the agenda generally for this clash, the goalscorer market is certainly worth paying attention to.
Unsurprisingly, Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the market, though it’s hard to argue with that given the form he’s in. His equalizer in the Merseyside derby recently took his tally for the season into double figures across all competitions, while his blank at Southampton last weekend was the first league game in which he’s failed to score this term.
He’s also found the net in each of the last three head to heads with Newcastle, so won’t lack for confidence ahead of this clash.