Two sides competing on opposite sides of the Premier League meet at Goodison tonight, but any suggestion that this will be a walkover for Newcastle seems seriously misplaced.
A ten-point deduction certainly hurt Everton, but the effect appears to have been somewhat encouraging for Sean Dyche, his side and the supporters.
Three wins from their last five league games suggest there are green shoots on the blue side of Merseyside and Everton can indeed move out of the bottom three with three points tonight.
However, the missing piece for Dyche in this mini-resurgence is his side’s form at home.
Goodison is rightly praised for being a tough place, but with just four points from seven home games so far this season, Everton have struggled on their home pitch.
Even the cacophony of noise broadcast during Man Utd’s visit here a fortnight ago did little to help Dyche’s men as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat.
To ensure safety, their home form simply needs to be reversed – which makes tonight’s visit to Newcastle all the more intriguing.
Eddie Howe’s side have gotten back on track in recent weeks and would arrive at Everton as winners of three consecutive games had Var not made the wrong move in the final stages of their trip to PSG in the Champions League.
A home win against Man Utd last weekend – in as dominant style as possible in a 1-0 victory – suggested Howe and his side are ready to push on in the run-up to Christmas. Indeed, if they win tonight they will be just one point below Man City in fourth place.
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