Fellow strugglers, Everton make the midweek trip to St. James' Park on Wednesday having made a good start under new manager, Sam Allardyce with seven points from the last three games. The Toffees do have an excellent recent record against the Magpies with seven wins in the last nine meetings. Hopefully a win for the black and white this time around will help us come unstuck from this winless streak (apologies for the bad pun). When it has come to facing Everton in the league, we have never met the Toffees outside of the top flight.
We haven't kept a clean sheet against Everton since September 2010 when Hatem Ben Arfa scored his first goal for the club in spectacular style as we ran out 1-0 winners at Goodison Park. Even though Everton have been one of few teams to remain ever-present in the Premier League, they eventually did their first league double over us in the 2013/14 season (at the 20th time of trying).
Facts and Figures
Everton wins: 69
Newcastle wins: 65
Everton wins: 18
Newcastle wins: 17
Premier League at St. James' Park
Newcastle wins: 12
Everton wins: 6
Previous ten (all competitions)
Everton wins: 7 (23 goals)
Newcastle wins: 2 (11 goals)
Biggest win (in this fixture)
Newcastle United 8 - 2 Everton (07/11/1959)
The 1959/60 season followed by the 1960/61 season brought very contrasting results against Everton. This 8-2 victory helped on the way to finishing 8th that season as we later did the double of the Toffees. The following season was a rather humiliating season as we got relegated with Everton doing the double over us with a combined scoreline of 9-0.
Biggest defeat (in this fixture)
Newcastle United 0 - 4 Everton (08/04/1961)
Newcastle United 0 - 4 Everton (26/12/1986)
I think, if this fixture was played last month instead of coming in the midst of Everton's honeymoon period under Allardyce, we would have definitely stood a chance against an Everton side struggling under temporary boss, David Unsworth. Considering confidence is low at the moment and Everton feeling good about themselves of late, it's going to take something special for us to get something out of the game despite us having home advantage.
I will try and end this on a positive note. Despite recent history in coming up against Everton has not been kind to us, we do have twice as many wins against Everton at home in the Premier League with twelve wins to their six. One of my favourite games of those twelve wins came back in February 2006 when club legend, Nobby Solano scored twice to give the Magpies a 2-0 win. His second goal was beautifully audacious as he cut inside on to his left foot just outside the box before striking the ball with the outside of his right foot into the corner.