Newcastle Preview: Cahill, Pienaar, Osman, Fellaini out…

By Ryan Grant • Feb 21st, 2009 • Category: Match Previews |

Newcastle United vs Everton Premier League 16.00pm live on Sky Sports
Everton travel to Newcastle hampered with injury and suspension problems. Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert are suspended and Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar, Yakubu, James Vaughan and Nuno Valente are all injured. Everton’s home game against Newcastle didn’t go well with Newcastle escaping with a 2-2 draw. Everton’s home form has improved since then and they are unbeaten in 7 home games winning 5. The away form has been very impressive throughout the season with 7 wins, 2 draws and only 3 losses. Jack Rodwell is likely to start after his impressive performance against Aston Villa which has recently been rewarded with a 5 year contract. The 17 year old scored his first senior goal and has looked very composed on the ball when appearing for the first team. Lars Jacobsen may be set for his debut at right back with Tony Hibbert being suspended after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season. The Danish international sustained a dislocated shoulder on international duty just a week after signing for the blues.

Newcastle endured a bad start to the season and were often in the relegation zone under manager Kevin Keegan but a mini revival has put Newcastle 13th with 27 points. That is only 4 points off the drop though and current boss Joe Kinnear still has a lot of work to do to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. Newcastle’s star striker Michael Owen bas been rumoured to be in talks with Gooodison officials over a move to the club in the summer when he can sign for any club on a free after his contract runs out.

Team News
Everton have Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert unavailable for suspension and Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar out through injury.  Louis Saha is closing in on a return and may be on the bench.

Newcastle could welcome back Jonas Gutierrez and will also hope Obafemi Martins will be ready to play some part in the game. Alan Smith and Mark Viduka both return to the squad. Michael Owen is injured and wont play in the fixture.

Expected Line Ups
Everton

————————-Howard————————
—Jacobsen—Jagielka———–Lescott—–Baines—-
————————Neville————————-
Anichebe——Gosling———-Arteta——–Rodwell—
————————-Jo—————————-

Newcastle

———————Harper—————————
S.Taylor——Bassong—Coloccini—Jose Enrique——
R.Taylor——Nolan——-Butt——Duff————–
————-A.Smith—-Ameobi———————-

Betting
Newcastle 17/10 Draw 9/4 Everton 8/5
Everton 1-0 13/2
Everton 2-1 8/1
Everton 2-0 11/1
Everton 3-1 20/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 9/2
L.Saha First Goalscorer 13/2
Jo First Goalscorer 13/2
Anichebe First Goalscorer 15/2
Arteta First Goalscorer 10/1
J.Lescott First Goalscorer 16/1

Betting tip
- Anichebe First Goalscorer 15/2

Match Prediction- Newcastle 0-1 Everton- Evertons fighting spirit and workmanship like play should battle Moyes’ men through another game without many key players.

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