Newcastle v Everton Preview: Ronny Johnsen's Expert Tips


Mad Christmas Action To Continue…

Ronny says: “This is a classic Premier League encounter – two football-mad cities colliding at one of the great British stadiums, St James’ Park. I think the action over the Christmas period has been a fine example of why this is the world's top league and I have no doubt tonight’s game will be a belter as well. We have seen several sensational matches in recent weeks, and the highlight, for many, was the duel between Arsenal and Newcastle United, which served up ten goals. But tonight’s opponents Everton are resolute in defence and this is set to be a tighter encounter - so I think betting under 3.5 goals at 1.35 should bring you some new year cheer.” 

Moyes Is A Genius…

Ronny says: “Everton are a solid team under David Moyes' management. He recently said the best is still to come from his tenure at Goodison Park and a victory tonight would help kick-start a charge for Champions League qualification this year. The January transfer window is now open, but it commands respect that Everton hardly ever spend money in the transfer market. How Moyes constantly manages to get the best out of his own players is a mystery – he is, in my eyes, one of the most exciting club managers in the game. But the Toffees squad is not huge and they have had a lot of fixtures recently. After having their hearts broken by Chelsea three days ago, it will be interesting to see what shape they are in tonight.”

Great Value Magpies…

Ronny says: “I must admit I was surprised when I saw the odds for this match. I would have thought the hosts would be slight favourites, but Unibet are instead offering them as 3.30 outsiders. Newcastle have had two particularly tough matches over Christmas, being thrashed by Manchester United and Arsenal. The Magpies’ form is not great, but 2013 is a chance to start afresh and in front of their own fans Pardew’s disciples will be inspired to put on a strong performance.”

Best Ba None…

Ronny says: I reckon Demba Ba will still be a Newcastle United player come tonight, and he should play this game. It could be his last game, and I think he will be extra on the ball to show any potential new suitors that he knows where the goal is. The odds of 6.00 for the Senegalese star to score first is great value.”

Score prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Everton at odds of 12.50.

Best bet: Newcastle to win at 3.30.