Everton vs Newcastle United Predicted Lineups: Is Allan Saint-Maximin Back From Injury?

Everton vs Newcastle United Predicted Lineups: Is Allan Saint-Maximin Back From Injury?
Liverpool, England, 17th March 2022. Alex Iwobi of Everton scores the opening goal during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples / Sportimage - Photo by Icon sport

Everton take on Newcastle United on Thursday night in a match that will have huge implications for both sides. Everton, who are currently five games without a win in the Premier League, have seen themselves slip back into the relegation zone following Leicester’s draw with Leeds on Tuesday and Nottingham Forest’s win at home to Brighton last night.

The Toffees enjoyed an upturn in fortunes following Sean Dyche’s appointment, however, they have struggled in recent weeks and would do anything for three points here. Their remaining fixtures aren’t particularly easy on paper which means they will be looking to the Goodison Park crowd to carry them through.

For Newcastle, the mood around the club has arguably never been in a better place despite losing the Carabao Cup Final in February. The Magpies are flying under Eddie Howe and come into this one on the back of an emphatic 6-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday. They are looking good for a top-four finish which would bring Champions League football back to St James Park for the first time since 2003.

The match is set to kick off at 19:45 UK time and viewers will be able to watch the match live on BT Sport.

Everton Team News: Sean Dyche could welcome back Amadou Onana

With just six games left to save themselves from relegation to the Championship, Sean Dyche will be desperate to have his strongest lineup available for as much time as possible. Amadou Onana, who is arguably Everton’s most talented player, has been a big miss over the past couple of games as he has been nursing a leg injury but could return to the fold for the game tonight.

Another player who could return to the starting lineup is Seamus Coleman. The 34-year-old has been a mainstay in the Everton side since Dyche took over from Frank Lampard but he has missed the last two games with injury. Mason Holgate, who has been playing at right back in place of Coleman, will definitely miss this one as he was sent off against Crystal Palace last weekend.

In terms of positives for Everton, Abdoulaye Doucoure is available after serving his three-game suspension following his controversial red card against Spurs at the start of the month and Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be ready to make his second consecutive start after a ten-game layoff. Speaking about the centre forward’s availability in his pre-match press conference, Dyche said:

“He feels good, obviously, and we were monitoring him during the game. He’s recovered from it well in the sense of the physical side of it and the recovery period. He looked sharp again today in training.”

Newcastle United Team News: Allan Saint-Maximin to miss out

After the 6-1 demolition of Spurs at the weekend, Eddie Howe will be hoping to field an unchanged team against Everton as he looks to build on the momentum gained from that match. Unfortunately for him, defender Fabian Schar will have to take a late fitness test after he tweaked his hamstring during the match at St James Park.

Proving Schar is fit, the only player who would potentially be in for a shout of being brought into the starting lineup for this one would be Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman has been dealing with hamstring problems all season and aggregated it further in the game against West Ham at the start of the month.

The 26-year-old is back in training ahead of this one, but Howe has said that the match at Goodison Park has come slightly too early for him. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said:

“He’s back, he’s working hard to try and get fully fit, we’re pleased to have him back but the Everton game is too early. He was in a really good run of form before this injury, which is a real shame for him – and us. But he’s got to deal with it, he’s got to get right, and get his rhythm back quickly.”

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