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St James' Park, Newcastle 28th December 2014 - Kick off 16:15

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Premier League preview: Newcastle welcome Everton to St James' Park

Last Updated: 28/12/14 11:44am

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Both Newcastle and Everton will look to end 2014 on a high when they clash live on Super Sunday.

Roberto Martinez’s players were booed off the pitch following their 1-0 Boxing Day defeat at home to Stoke, a result which left them in 12th place in the Premier League table.

However, a win at St James’ Park would take them above Alan Pardew’s side who have lost their last three Premier League matches against Manchester United, Sunderland and Arsenal.

Team news

Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns from suspension for the visit of Everton.

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Goalkeepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) are out, and there are doubts over midfielders Mehdi Abeid (toe) and Siem de Jong (thigh), who both missed the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United.

Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Martinez has fresh injury concerns with Tim Howard (calf) and Phil Jagielka (ankle) likely to miss out after sustaining problems against Stoke, while John Stones and Kevin Mirallas are also doubtful due to knocks they picked up.

The loss at Goodison Park also saw Steven Naismith receive a fifth Premier League booking of the season, meaning he will be suspended for Sunday's game.

Opta facts

The last four meetings between Everton and Newcastle at St James' Park have all seen exactly three goals scored.

Everton have won four and lost none of their last five Premier League meetings with Newcastle United.

There have been just seven goals scored in the last five Premier League games at St James', with four of them ending in a 1-0 scoreline.

The Toffees have lost just two of the last 15 away games in the Premier League against the three teams from the North East (W8 D5 L2).

The Magpies have lost five of their last six matches at St James' Park played between Christmas and New Year (W1 L5).

Paul Merson’s prediction

“It’s a real tough time for Everton at the moment. Everything seems to be going against them. Walters should definitely have been sent off on Boxing Day but he didn’t and the free-kick hits the wall and Stoke go up the other end, Everton concede the penalty and it’s 1-0. They should have been playing against 10-men and who knows how the game might have turned out? That’s their luck at the moment. But Newcastle have hit a bit of a brick wall of late. They won all those games but now they can’t buy a win. It’s the manner of the defeats that are worrying for me as they are getting beat pretty easily. I’m going for a score draw here.”

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1

Betting

Newcastle are 15/8 outsiders despite home advantage and Everton’s worrying form, with Martinez’s men 7/5 for a first win in three and 12/5 to record a draw.

The Toffees are now out to 9/2 to secure a top-six finish again, while Newcastle are 18/1 in that market, despite currently being two points better off than their visitors.

Romelu Lukaku heads a wide-open first goalscorer market at 11/2, with Papiss Cisse following closely behind at 6/1.

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Matches

Table

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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 18 45
2 Manchester City 18 42
3 Manchester United 18 35
4 Southampton 18 32
5 West Ham United 18 31
6 Arsenal 18 30
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
8 Swansea City 18 28
9 Liverpool 18 25
10 Newcastle United 18 23
11 Stoke City 18 22
12 Everton 18 21
13 Aston Villa 18 20
14 Sunderland 18 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 18 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 17
17 Hull City 18 16
18 Crystal Palace 18 15
19 Burnley 18 15
20 Leicester City 18 10

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