By Josh Powell | Everton v Newcastle
Mondays are pretty grim. The weekend excitement (i.e. booze) is wearing off and two days of being a dance floor legend suddenly feels a lot less exhilarating when you see the amount of emails sat in your inbox and the look on your boss’ face at the morning meeting.
Luckily Monday night football is here to get you through the pain. It’s a cocktail of high-end Premier League action and top quality analysis from Carra and Nev, with the possible sprinkling of some winning punts. Suck on that, Monday.
The greatest player, manager and director of football (by his own admission) takes his band of merry men to Goodison Park on tonight, but it might not end to well for Joe Kinnear and co.
David Moyes might be doing everything in his power to destroy Manchester United, but former club Everton can move up into the top four with three points against the Magpies. The stats are certainly swinging in the Toffees’ favour…
- Everton have lost just one league games at home in the last 18 months.
- Newcastle have won just three away games in the top flight since the start of the 2012/13 season. Two of those matches were against Aston Villa and the other was against QPR
- The Magpies have won at Goodison Park just once in the last 12 years
- Leighton Baines scored in both matches against Newcastle last season
- Newcastle have the worst defensive record on the road this season, conceding on average 2.5 goals a game
- The Toffees have kept seven clean sheets at home on the spin in the league
- Newcastle have won just four of the last 15 meetings with Everton
- Everton had the fourth best home defence in the Premier League last season, keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just 17 goals.
- The Toffees didn’t lose a game at home against a bottom half side last season, winning seven and drawing three of the 10 matches
- On the other hand Newcastle didn’t beat a top half side on the road last year, drawing four and losing six
Everton are 4/6 to beat Newcastle and continue their fine form in front of their home fans. They are 7/4 to win to nil and 13/10 to keep a clean sheet if you fancy the Toffees to extend that phenomenal defensive record on Merseyside.
Kick-start the week with a winning punt and stop Monday killing your weekend buzz.