Will tricky Toffees Come Unstuck? Everton v Newcastle United Match Preview

Posted on May 12th, 2012 | 51 Comments |

David Moyes and Alan Pardew.
Moyes meets the manager of the year!
Venue: Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool
Date: Sunday, 13th May, 2012.
Kick-Off: 3pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands).
UK TV: None.

United travel to Merseyside for the final game of the 2011/12 season against Everton on Sunday knowing that there is still plenty to play for.

This is the culmination of a season which has been a very enjoyable roller coaster ride for everyone involved with the club, with plenty of thrills and more ups than downs. Hopefully, the sun will shine and we will register our first victory in the new Puma Burgundy away kit, which we understand will be worn by the lads for the first time on this occasion.

We’ll have our usual “Match Banter” thread, which will be posted about an hour before kick off, and watch out for our season review feature – coming soon.

Going into this game, basically the position is this. With one game left to play United are assured of fifth place in the Premier League and entry to next season’s Europa League. However a win, and results elsewhere for Tottenham and or Arsenal going our way, could see us qualifying for the Champions League from third or fourth position. There is an added complication however, in that the team finishing fourth would not qualify if Chelsea win this season’s Champions League – but the situation for Newcastle is a simple one – we must win to have any chance of the Champions League!

This game at Goodison also follows the excellent news that Alan Pardew has been named The Barclays Premier League Manager Of The Season for 2011/12. This is an excellent achievement which has Tyneside celebrating, but which Alan has been quick to point out reflects on everyone involved with the club not just himself. No doubt United’s travelling Toon Army will be delivering appropriate accolades during the game, and I’m sure our chums from Everton will wish to join in on the congratulations.

This will be a tough game. Everton are always a strong proposition at home and David Moyes will, as ever, have them well organised and motivated. The incentive for Everton, apart from wishing to finish as high as possible, is that a win will ensure they finish above their local rivals Liverpool for only the fourth time in the last 42 years. By the way

Everton’s last two home games have both been 4-0 wins, against Sunderland and Fulham. They were also recently in that 4-4 draw at Manchester United which played it’s part in pitching Manchester City back into the title race. Since the Fulham game they’ve been on the road, earning draws at Stoke City and relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers. Man to watch is Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic, signed from Glasgow Rangers, who has had a significant impact on the team and is banging them in for fun.

United’s form has also been ok in recent matches with 4 wins out of the last six games. Swansea, Bolton and Stoke were all put to the sword before that 4-0 reverse at Wigan. We bounced back with the 2-0 away win at Chelsea before going down to Champions-elect Manchester City at home. Hopefully we can produce another “Chelsea” away performance at Goodison and bag the points. It would also be great to see Demba Ba sign off the season with a goal or two – he’s been getting closer and closer in the last few games!

What The Managers Are Saying

David Moyes: “We want to finish the season strongly, we want to finish the season in good form and we will go into it not looking at it as our last game of the season. It is good to be at home in your last game, but you have to play everybody home and away and sometimes that’s the way it works out.

“I think everybody would be a little bit surprised but I think once Newcastle got going they have been there all season. They kicked on again after January and have done really well. They are a really big club with an excellent support. I think what Newcastle got was a big deal for Andy Carroll which allowed them some cash to spend and change things around. They have spent it very, very well.

“I have been really pleased with how the [Everton] players have played since January, We have had one or two disappointing results but tell me a club who has not, we have certainly played well, much better than the first half of the season. I am looking forward to the break and nearly all the managers will be. We have all been at it for 10 months so come this time of the year we are entitled to a break.”

Alan Pardew: “Even to finish fifth is an absolutely marvellous achievement by the group, from where we’ve come from, We’re a new team, we’ve brought in new players who have all done exceptionally well, and to a man I cannot look one of my squad players in the face and say they haven’t performed this year. They have all done brilliantly. To actually be in a position where we could finish third is astounding.

“Sunday will play itself out. The way the media is now, the feedback will come down from the stands as to what is going on elsewhere. But the most important thing is that we concentrate and try to win the last game. We are really looking forward to it. It is a tough place to go, Everton, and in the last five league games there they have only conceded one goal.

“So we are under no illusions that we have to try and win at a very difficult place, and other teams need to slip up. But it is a lovely position to be in. A lot can happen on the last day and there’s still a lot to play for. This is where you want to be, the pinnacle of the game is the Champions League and to actually be competing for it is more than we imagined. To have that opportunity is something that doesn’t come along very often, and we want to try and grasp it.It’s been a magnificent achievement by everyone at this football club and we can’t wait for Sunday to unfold.”

Team News


Everton could welcome back Leighton Baines, Phil Neville and Darron Gibson. Left-back Baines has been out for a month with a groin injury. Utility man Neville and midfielder Gibson missed last week’s draw at Wolves. Midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and forward Victor Anichebe (groin) are both unavailable.

Likely Squad: Tim Howard, Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Tony Hibbert, Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines, Marouaine Fellaini, Leon Osman, Darron Gibson, Nikica Jelavic, Magaye Gueye, Shane Duffy, James McFadden, Denis Stracqualursi, Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill, Ross Barkley, Jose Baxter, Marcus Hahnemann.

Newcastle United

Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Taylor and Haris Vuckic are all still on the sidelines whilst Sammy Ameobi returned to light training recently. Danny Simpson, who has yet to agree a new contract, has not been able to shake off his ankle injury.

Likely Squad: Krul, Rob Elliot, Steve Harper, Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Demba Ba, Papiss Demba Cisse, Shola Ameobi.


If you check the NUFCBlog.org prediction competition you will see that when it comes to predicting the outcome of footy games, I’m more of a Xisco than a Cisse! I don’t hit the target very often. With that in mind I’m tempted to predict we’ll lose, just to bring on the win! However, I can see us winning this game given how much is riding on it and how pumped up I expect the players to be as a result. I’m going for Everton 1 United 3 and Demba Ba to score. There, I did it!

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51 Responses

  1. One thing about us this season has been that we have responded well to a defeat and bounced back the next game. Lets hope we can do it.

  2. Voted!

    That was a difficult choice but it kinda reminded me what a good set of players we’ve brought in 8)

  3. Cisse got my Vote…..what a player.

    Off Topic…
    The way Pardew has been talking he sounds like shopkeeper selling quality sweets.
    Think Mike might be cashing in on the bargains we got and then replenishing the shelves in the window?
    Wouldn’t put it past him…still think he is a prick MA.

  4. It was me who voted for Perchinio…

    Thought it would be good to vote for a player who might still be here next season (to pick up on SJT’s point :/ )

  5. UTD111, I’m glad that someone’s voted for Perch. I was just watching him in our victory against Liverpool and he really was excellent. It’s not the only time recently either.

    There’s only one for me though.

  6. UTD111 says:
    May 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    “Howay then Worky??

    Who did you vote for?”

    That’s between me and the ballot box, UTD111 ;-), but it’s so obvious, I’m surprised that virtually everyone hasn’t voted for him so far.

  7. Gotta be Cisse.

    Don’t want to say this but how much must he be worth now?…

    I really wish Pards would stop with talking about selling players due to certain circumstances. We all understand if Real Madrid, Barca etc come along. Are Real and Barca, or Even Man Utd going to make a bid for any of our current players? If they do fair enough, but we won’t be happy if it’s Liverpool again!

    As Arry keeps saying… “If you start selling your best players you’re finished”.

    Yes you can replace players, but I still feel Pardew has no need to even entertain the questions about transfers out. It’s likely someone key will go this summer, but it’s almost as if we are inviting it. It should be all about who’s coming in, and what kind of exciting players can we now attract due to our fantastic season.

    I’m sure in the next two weeks we’ll hear another interview about budgets again. I think this summer is going to be massive… Do we strive for greater things, or do we allow ourselves to drop off?

  8. Perch has been one of the highlights of the season for me.

    I just hope Obertan can replicate what Perch has done this season and make himself look useful.

    Special mention to Williamson as well. What was he, £1.5m? Not the greatest centre back in the World but stood in for Taylor the best he could and had more good games than bad.

    We once spent £8m on a certain centre back from Rangers. He was shite.

    I’d say Willo deserves to be included in that list Worky to be fair.

  9. Aye Jimbob – maybe this is the Ashley masterplan…

    We’ve all been assuming we’d recruit good players, keep them for a few years and then sell them….

    But Ashley might be looking to cash in every season.

    Once a barrow boy, always……..

  10. Who knows UTD?

    Just after the season we’ve had, we’ll certainly know more this summer.

  11. UTD111 says:
    May 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    “Well in the meantime, I’m still getting my T-shirts from Cotton Traders”

    Aren’t they the only ones who sew special pockets into their clothes for their customer’s pension books, UTD111? :-)

  12. Worky @ 15

    Wouldn’t know mate – every time I get within 10 years of retirement age, the Tory bassas keep putting the date back.

  13. UTD111 says:
    May 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Wouldn’t know mate – every time I get within 10 years of retirement age, the Tory bassas keep putting the date back.

    UTD111 become a registered delude you can retire when you want, no one cares about you and the benefits are great.

    certainly worked for me

  14. UTD111: You are probably too young for the old Geordie retirement scheme – deed from tabs, drink and coal dust.

  15. I’ve officially become a snob. In days gone by I would come back after a friday night on the piss and make a bacon sandwich.

    Today, I was confronted with evidence that I had made green beans with shallots in a balsamic vinegar sauce last night. The good news was that I had had enough to drink that I couldn’t remember making it.

  16. Green beans with what??? Must have just run out of bacon eh?

    A night on the beer means Indian, Chinese or a kebab for me mate :)

  17. UTD111: what are you going to do after tomorrow when there is no football? Unless you count the Euros, Olympics, preseason tours, EAFA and Champions league qualifiers, Spanish Super Cup, Charity Shield…

  18. The ones I have in my diary are:

    Wimbledon Ladies Days, and
    Womens Beach Volleyball at London’s Olympics
    All the F1’s

    I also take the opportunity during the summer to get oot and aboot :)

  19. I wasn’t excited about the Euros until I saw the fixtures from June10-13. England/France, Spain/Italy, Germany/Holland.

    Can’t get much better than that!

  20. UTD111 says:
    May 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Womens Beach Volleyball at London’s Olympics

    Bad news UTD111 they ladies volley ball have been told to dress up from now on.

    cameltoes are no longer welcome now the sport is more popular.

    it will be shorts and polo shirts from now on mate,

  21. I better stop with this talking off topic in case I bore Chuck. We all know Ben Arfa is player of the season so we better not have any other opinions, or else!!!

  22. to be honest i still think Ba is the signing of the season.

    without Bas goals we wouldnt have been in to position we are in now.

    and without Ba at the club he wouldn’t have been able to persuade Cisse to sign for us.

    so for me the signing of the season by far has to be Ba.

    Ba give us the goals that gave us the hope that gave us the master papiss Cisse

  23. GS
    I’m too pissed at the way the FA has ignored Saturday as a scheduled football day, which means the NUFC vs. Everton game is not being shown.
    Whats up with those idiots ?
    Who am i gonna vote for ?
    I’m sure at a goal a game, Cisse has to be a fan favorite.
    Whereas i voted for Cabaye, who i consider by far the best deal this club has made recently and will be very surprised if he is not headhunted by some big sides this summer.

  24. Hiya Chuck

    Dunno why they moved the games back – might be something to do with the 2nd Div playoff today but so what??

  25. Chuck: I voted for Ba for the reasons that Stephen C said, but as I know you agree it was hard to decide, which is a bloody good thing for us.

    There is so much talent in this team.

  26. Aye there’s talent at the mo GS – but apparently Cabaye is off to Manure to be “Le new Paul Scholes”

    For big money of course

  27. C’mon guys get real, Perch gives it his all in each game, but that does’nt make him anymore than just ok !
    As for Williamson, dont get me started….
    Appears from rumor we aim to dump, Best n’ Guthrie, both heading for Villa for a combined fee of 1.5 million.
    Good luck to Villa and thanks for the dosh.
    Too bad they cant take Williamso as well.
    Though that may in fact be the tip of the iceberg, with additional rumors of as many as three or four of our best players on the block.
    I believe that following the Carroll deal, our top footballing experts (Ashley n’ Llambias)now think they can reap enormous profits selling our stars each season and they can be replaced by younger, better and cheaper
    Yeah right , good luck with that !

  28. that shut Betis up. It would be good to watch Swansea against Barcelona though. Is it possible for both teams to have more than 100% possession?

    Must be possible, because footballers always give a 100 and ten percent.

  29. GS I hear ya !
    Actually would like to see Swansea play Barca, being they both play a version of to-days modern game.
    Though it seems few on this blog give them credit, for whatever reason.
    And though Pardew was awarded accolades for his season, both Martinez and Rodgers are considered by the cognocenti

  30. Here’s what I reckon will happen tomorrow. Tottenham will be held by fulham 1-1, adebayor and dempsey to score, arsenal to be given a shock by west brom with the score 2-1 I reckon with goals from odemwingie, van persie, and somebody else from wb doing it for roy hodgson (who I really hope shuts the english media up and do a great job in the euros). And we’ll beat everton 2-1 with cisse scoring first, jelavic equalising and ba will get the winner sending us into 4th (just behind spurs on goal difference) then we watch bayern munich murder chelsea to give us european champions league football next season. What does everyone else think?

  31. ””” as both playing a modern version of football, dedicated for the most part to a possession game.
    Possibly there are some on this blog who would prefer to see Andy Carroll in the box, awaiting that high ball from two greyhound wingers who can get crosses in.
    Afraid they are sixty years too late for that.

  32. Mc Garrity
    I think you have either a vived imagination or are indulging in mind altering herbs.

  33. Chuck

    You pleased that Newcastle United’s Manager has been named Barclays Premier League Manager of The Season?

  34. Put your money where your mouth is Mcgarrity. Get a good return on that bet I think.

  35. UTD111 Ahh aye he is injured isn’t he. Bollocks. Still fancy them to get something at white hart lane though. But aye that could be worth a cheeky bet now that you mention it GS. And Chuck I know that I could be seen as overly optimistic but those results are very possible. And I’m sure pardew will be wanting a win to justify his recent award.

  36. Btw GS that would pay out about 123/1 on a treble with skybet. Worth a cheeky few quid I’d say.

  37. Sorry mistyped one of the odds on the bet calculator. Its actually about 75/1 for newcastle to win, arsenal to lose, and fulham to get a draw.