By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel to Goodison Park on Monday night to take on Everton in Premier League action (8pm kick-off).
When the sides met last season it was a win apiece, with the Magpies triumphing 2-1 on Tyneside in November, before Everton ended the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Alan Pardew's side on their own patch.
Both teams have lost just once so far this term, and will be looking to build on solid starts to the 2012/13 season.
Monday's match is the 161st match between the two clubs, and the 155th in the league. Arsenal are the only side United have met more often in league football (156).
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13th May, 2012 - Everton 3 (Pienaar 16, Jelavic 27, Heitinga 66) Newcastle 1 (Hibbert og 73)
Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, John Heitinga (Sylvain Distin 70), Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines; Leon Osman, Phil Neville (Tim Cahill 74), Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Denis Stracqualursi 83)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; James Perch (Sylvain Marveaux 46), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Ryan Taylor 46); Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote (Shola Ameobi 82), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
FULL RECORD v EVERTON
P160 W64 D34 L62 F239 A234
(Last six games - all competitions)
Everton - LWWWLW
Newcastle - DWLDWL
Everton (v West Brom, Premier League): Tim Howard; Phil Neville (Victor Anichebe 73), Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Steven Naismith (Kevin Mirallas 62), Darron Gibson (Tony Hibbert 20), Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman; Nikica Jelavic
Not used: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Seamus Coleman, Magaye Gueye
Newcastle (v Aston Villa, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gael Bigirimana 38), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez (Sylvain Marveaux 86); Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 86), Papiss Cisse
Not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano
Everton - Midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson are both doubts for the Toffees with thigh injuries.
Newcastle - United are without goalkeeper Tim Krul (elbow) and defenders Ryan Taylor (knee) and Danny Simpson (hamstring), while there are doubts over striker Shola Ameobi (hamstring) and midfielder Cheick Tiote (knee). However, in positive news, James Perch could return from a neck injury, while Sammy Ameobi makes his comeback in the Reserves on Friday night.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Phil Jagielka, Everton defender: "We enjoy those Monday night games, especially when the other teams are like Man United and Newcastle, who always bring great support. The result was great for us against United but after the disappointing result and performance against West Brom hopefully we can bounce back at home."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's obvious that Everton have picked up where they left off last year. They comfortably beat us at the back end of last season, and this will be a tough game for us. Everton is a very tough place to go and get yourself a victory, but that is what we will attempt to do."
Mike Jones (Cheshire) - 2012/13 record: 3 games, 7 yellow cards, no red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
John Bailey, Peter Beardsley, Sylvain Distin, Duncan Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Marc Hottiger, Neil McDonald, Geoff Nulty, Alessandro Pistone, Kevin Sheedy, Gary Speed, Louis Saha, Imre Varadi, Steve Watson
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DID YOU KNOW?
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