Demba Ba

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Newcastle United entertain Everton on Wednesday night in their first Premier League fixture of 2013.

Both teams go into the match on the back of defeats, with the Toffees slipping to a 2-1 reverse at home to Chelsea, while United suffered a remarkable 7-3 loss at Arsenal.

When they met earlier in the season, a Demba Ba double helped Newcastle grab a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

Leighton Baines struck Everton into a first-half lead, but Ba equalised early in the second period, netting the Club's 1,000th Premier League goal in the process.

Victor Anichebe thought he had won it for the hosts with a late effort, but Ba had the last laugh, striking in stoppage time to earn a share of the spoils.

 

STAT ATTACK
Today's match is the 162nd match between the two clubs, and the 156th in the league. Arsenal are the only side United have met more often in league football.


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LAST MEETING
September 17, 2012 - Everton 2 (Baines 15, Anichebe 88) Newcastle 2 (Ba 49,90)

Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Kevin Mirallas (Steven Naismith 83), Leon Osman, Phil Neville, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Victor Anichebe 44)

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 90), Sylvain Marveaux (Demba Ba 46); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79)


FULL RECORD v EVERTON
P161 W64 D35 L62 F241 A236


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLWLLL
Everton - LWWDWD


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Arsenal, Premier League):
Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Shane Ferguson 82), James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 82), Cheick Tiote; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux (James Tavernier 88), Gabriel Obertan; Demba Ba
Not used: Steve Harper, Remie Streete, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi

Everton (v Chelsea, Premier League): Tim Howard; Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Steven Naismith (Apostolos Vellios 76), Leon Osman, Thomas Hitzlsperger (Ross Barkley 78), Steven Pienaar (Bryan Ovideo 80); Victor Anichebe, Nikica Jelavic
Not used: Jan Mucha, Shane Duffy, Tyias Browning, Magaye Gueye


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle - Centre-back Mike Williamson is back from a one-game ban, but full-back Danny Simpson will miss the next few games with a broken toe. Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita remains a doubt with an ankle knock, while Jonas Gutierrez (knee), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Dan Gosling (ankle), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are all ruled out.

Everton - Midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury, but the Toffees are boosted by the return of Marouane Fellaini, who has served a three-game ban. However, they are still expected to be without Phil Neville (knee), Seamus Coleman (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Kevin Mirrallas (hamstring).


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Everton have had a great 2012. I think I saw a stat which said they were the third best Premier League team in the calendar year. At Manchester United on Boxing Day and for 70 minutes against Arsenal we played as well as we have. We've just got to continue that, tighten ourselves up a little bit and we will be okay."

David Moyes, Everton manager: "Alan has a good team and they showed it last season. I'm sure they will do that again, and they might be like Everton - they might improve over the second half of the season and still find themselves in a lofty position. We are going up to a club which has a fantastic fanbase, and we know it will be very hard."


REFEREE
Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire): 2012/13 record - 23 games, 89 yellow cards, 1 red card


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?
Everton have only kept two clean sheets this season, and have not recorded a shut-out in their last 14 matches.