Prediction and odds for the game: Everton (1/2) vs Newcastle (6/1)
We are backing the home win
When: Saturday, 30th January 2021, Kick-off 12:30
Where: Goodison Park
In the Premier League early kick-off on Saturday, Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park, as the home team look to aid their bid for a top-six finish this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are right in the mix for a European spot for next season. The Toffees are seventh place, but are just two points behind fourth-place West Ham, with two games in hand on the Hammers. However, the picture will change when sixth-place Tottenham and fifth-place Liverpool meet on Thursday night.
The Merseysider’s have been difficult to beat of late, losing one of their last eight outings in the Premier League. Last time out, they drew 1-1 with Leicester at Goodison Park in a hard-fought encounter. Everton’s record of five wins in their previous eight games is a solid one.
Rather uncharacteristically for Everton, their recent home form in the English top-flight has been poor, as they have won just two of their last seven league matches on home soil.
Down the years Everton have had a good record against Newcastle. However, they have struggled against the Magpies of late, winning just one of the last five meetings between the pair. On current form, the Toffees must fancy their chances of improving that record.
The Magpies head into this clash on the back of a nine-game winless run in the top-flight. In fact, a 2-1 defeat in their last outing against Leeds means that Steve Bruce’s team have suffered five straight matches in the Premier League. A big reason for that recent poor run of form is their defensive displays, as they have conceded at least two goals in four of their last five top-flight outings.
Newcastle are now just six points clear of the relegation zone. However, 18th place Fulham have a game in hand in the team from the north east, so there is no room for complacency.
The Magpies have struggled on their travels of late in the Premier League, losing their last five away games in the English top-flight. Unsurprisingly, Newcastle have been poor at both ends of the pitch, failing to score in their last four away matches, while also conceding at least two goals in four of their last five league matches.
Everton have struggled at home of late, while Newcastle have been awful on their travels. However, we are backing the Toffees superior attacking quality to out in this clash. The Magpies will likely take a cautious approach at Goodison Park, so we are also backing under 2.5 goals scored too.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 1/2 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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