Date: 26th December 2015 at 10:00am
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Newcastle take on Everton at St James’ Park hoping to extend their three-match unbeaten run and pull further clear of the bottom-three.

Following wins against Liverpool, Tottenham and a draw against bottom club Aston Villa on Saturday, the Magpies are two points above the drop zone.

However, recent performances have given fans and neutrals more belief that Steve McClaren’s side will be on the right side of the safety line come the end of the campaign.

In order to push up the table though, more wins are needed in front of their own fans having recorded just two victories from nine matches on Tyneside this term.

Their visitors are enjoying a much better campaign but a draw at Norwich and defeat at home to Leicester in their last two matches has halted their charge for European football.

After four games without a win, and just one victory in the last five, Roberto Martinez will be desperate for his side to get back to winning ways with his side currently six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

However, the Blues will need to be more ruthless in front of goal having drawn five of their eight matches away from Goodison.

One man that has been clinical of late is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has scored in his last four Premier League matches and is just four off matching the record set by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy earlier in the season.

The Toffees have won six of their last nine matches against their hosts but lost last season’s corresponding fixture 3-2, also in late-December.

Team News:

Striker Papiss Cisse joins Newcastle’s long injury list after limping off against Aston Villa with a groin injury.

Defender Jamal Lascelles is the only one of other eight absentees who could return to the squad. 

Steven Naismith and James McCarthy could be available for Everton after injury.

Captain Phil Jagielka is nearing a comeback but won’t be fit in time, while Steven Pienaar could return in early January.

League Position: Newcastle – 17th (17 pts); Everton – 10th (23 pts)
Last Meeting: Everton 3-0 Newcastle – March 15, 2015
Key Players: Newcastle – Moussa Sissoko; Everton – Romelu Lukaku
League Form: Newcastle – WLLWWD; Everton – DWDDDL
Shoot Says: Newcastle 2-2 Everton

 
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