Everton will look to get back on track and return to the top of the Premier League when they take on Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday.

The Toffees had their grand season opener ended by Southampton last time, suffering a 2-0 loss to the Saints to end their undefeated start.


They face a Newcastle team currently ranked 14th after drawing a late draw with the Wolves in their last outing in the top flight.


Here's the 90-minute game preview.





Where to look

When does it start? Sunday, November 1

What time does it start? 14:00 (GMT)

Where do you play? St James Park

TV channel / Live broadcast? Sky Sports Main Event (UK)

Referee? Stuart Attwell


Team news

Newcastle has a number of injury problems, and Martin Doubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are unavailable.


Captain Jamaal Lascelles is also a big doubt with a foot injury, but there is hope that the former Nottingham Forest is fit enough to start the game.


Everton will not have Richarlison and Lucas Digne suspended, with the former serving a three-game suspension after seeing red in the Merseyside derby, and the latter being for a match after being sent off against Southampton.


The Toffees also do not have the injured James Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Cenk Tosun, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.


Planned lineups

Newcastle: Darlow;  Lascelles; Murphy, Hendrick, Fern├índez, Schar, Hayden, Lewis, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Wilson


Everton: Pickford;  Nkounkou; Delph, Kenny, Mina, Keane, Allan, Gordon, Doucoure, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin


Prediction

Everton has been tremendously impressive this season, but Sunday's clash will be a true test of their strength in depth as their very small side take on Newcastle.


Rodriguez's absence is obviously key, but losing the two first-choice full-backs Digne and Coleman, who have been consistently excellent this season, could be equally damaging.


Steve Bruce's Newcastle can easily frustrate good teams as they demonstrated against the Wolves last time, and with Everton to the bone, the Magpies could take some of the spoils again on Sunday.


Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Everton

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