David Moyes will be without Irish midfielder Darron Gibson, who has been ruled out for the next month with a thigh strain. His absence could spell a return to central midfield for Marouane Fellaini, despite the Belgians's recent goalscoring exploits. Kevin Mirallas would be the likely strike partner for Nikica Jelavic, who scored for Croatia against Macedonia in the international break. At the back, Sylvain Distin looks set to continue alongside Phil Jagielka.
A 2-0 defeat against West Brom last time out poured cold water on what had been an excellent start for the Toffees. Convincing wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa pushed Everton - who are usually such slow starters - to the upper reaches of the Premier League table, before their reserves thrashed Leyton Orient in the League Cup. David Moyes will be keen to prove that the limp performance at the Hawthorns was just a blip. What better way to do so than to beat upwardly mobile Newcastle this evening?
The recent record between these two sides is incredibly even - there have been two wins for each and two draws in the last six. The Merseyside club ran out 3-1 winners at Goodison last term, with Steven Pienaar opening the scoring early on. With the right side of the Newcastle defence weakened by injury, the diminutive South African will be confident of bagging another this evening.
Steven Pienaar to score at 4.20. The midfielder links up well with Leighton Baines on the left, and often drifts into dangerous positions infield. He'll trouble Newcastle tonight.
Everton to keep a clean sheet at 2.35. With Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse yet to hit top gear, the Toffees defence will fancy a shut-out.
Everton/Everton HT/FT. Expect the hosts to hit the ground running in front of a partisan crowd.
Everton 2-0 Newcastle (8.25)
Newcastle United perspective: Mark Jensen, The Mag.
Sadly Cheick Tiote is reported to be still unavailable, and both Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini are expected to miss out through injuries picked up on international duty. These are three key players who helped to form the spine of last year’s successful starting eleven.
On the face of it, four points from the opening three matches is a steady start but the team still hasn’t really clicked. The returning Steven Taylor has given the team extra purpose at the back our attackers haven't hit top gear - with the exception of Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been outstanding. There is no time better than Monday night at Goodison for Cisse, Ba and Cabaye to find last season’s form.
One win at Goodison since the 2001/02 season tells its own story. The final match of last season was a strange one; despite still having an outside chance of Champions League qualification, Newcastle tamely handed the three points over. That one win in the last ten years came thanks to a Ben Arfa thunderbolt, however, and he certainly looks in the kind of form to repeat it.
Papiss Cisse to score first at 6.50. Hopefully Cisse’s stunning 20-yard headed goal for Senegal against the Ivory Coast will see him off and running.
Hatem Ben Arfa to score at 5.00. The Frenchman already has two goals in three matches so has to be worth a flutter, especially with his ability to create something from nothing.
Everton/Draw HT/FT at 17.00. Newcastle have started slowly in all three Premier League matches and came out stronger in the second half. Everton to lead at the break before Newcastle respond is more than tempting at 17.00.
Everton 1-1 Newcastle (7.00)