28 December 2019 live
Newcastle United’s recent home league form is impressive, having avoided defeat in each of their previous eight Premier League (PL) matches at St James’ Park (W4, D4). Although they failed to score over 2.5 goals in any of those eight games, they did find the net at least once in seven of the fixtures.
The ‘Toon’ don’t tend to be frequent scorers, and average just one goal per-PL game. That said, they do boast a mid-ranking defence which has conceded an average of just 1.47 PL goals per-game. As a result, just eight of their 19 league matches have produced over 2.5 match goals.
Everton have gone five competitive matches without defeat if counting only regulation time (W2, D3). Boxing Day saw them register their first back-to-back PL clean sheets since the opening two league matches of the season, and also marked the fifth occasion across their last eight PL matches where they have scored first.
The Merseysiders have dominated the recent H2H clashes with Newcastle, winning five of the previous seven PL meetings (W5, D1, L1). Notably, each of those five wins were accompanied by a clean sheet, while they have won 1-0 on each of their last two December visits to this ground.
Players to watch: Newcastle’s Miguel Almirón has registered one goal and one assist across his last three PL home games.
Boxing Day matchwinner Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored in Everton’s last visit to St James’ Park, and boasts three goals across his previous four PL appearances.
Stat attack: Newcastle have failed to score inside the opening 15 minutes of any home PL game.
Everton have been trailing at half-time in just three of their 19 PL matches.
Three of the previous four H2H matches saw a goal scored inside the opening 30 minutes.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.