After a hammering from Manchester United, Newcastle have a quick chance to respond against Everton.
The Magpies welcome Carlo Ancelotti’s side to St James’ Park for their second game in two games, with the Toffees looking to make it back-to-back wins under their new boss.
As for Steve Bruce, he needs a response from his players after individual errors cost Newcastle at Old Trafford. But how many changes will the manager make?
Yedlin to return
According to the Chronicle, Javi Manquillo is a doubt because of a muscle problem. Since the Allan Saint-Maximin debacle, Bruce hasn’t taken any risks with muscle injuries. Therefore, it’s likely that DeAndre Yedlin will start in the Spaniard’s place.
The rest of the defence should stay the same, meaning it’ll be three games in a row for Florian Lejeune – unless Paul Dummett is fit enough to return.
One Longstaff must start
Matty and Sean started at Old Trafford, but only one of the brothers should keep their place in the starting XI. Matty was one of Newcastle’s best players on Boxing Day, getting another goal against the Red Devils. He was industrious off the ball as well, and should keep his place.
However, Sean should drop to the bench. He was really off the pace, while Newcastle missed Jonjo Shelvey’s quality on the ball. The stand-in skipper must return to the side, playing in the middle of Matty Longstaff and Miguel Almiron.
Andy Carroll up top
Andy Carroll was rested on Boxing Day, but should return to the team against Everton. Despite some early flashes from Joelinton, we missed Carroll’s physicality up top. The big question is whether he starts alongside Joelinton or Dwight Gayle.
Gayle missed a huge chance at Old Trafford and only lasted 59 minutes, but might be a better option to start. Joelinton looked desperate in the second half, and could probably do with a rest during the busy festive fixtures.
Predicted lineup to face Everton: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Willems; M. Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron; Gayle, Carroll.