The Newcastle XI likely to start against Everton

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Alan Pardew must get the big selection decisions right ahead of tonight's Premier League game at Goodison Park.

The Magpies returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Leeds United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

Tonight, French trio Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy are expected to return to the starting XI - as the Toon look to get their league form back on track following the 3-2 loss to Hull City at St James' Park last weekend.

Pardew successfully deployed the 4-3-3 style of play in the win away at Aston Villa two weeks ago, but we're likely to see a more defensive 4-2-3-1 formation tonight.

Everton are the only team yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season, and the Toffees haven't conceded a goal at home since March.

Here are the XI players Alan Pardew is likely to go with at Goodison Park tonight:

GK - Tim Krul

The clean sheet against Leeds United would have done Krul's confidence a world of good. The Dutchman was poor against Aston Villa, and let in three goals against Hull. Tonight is a big night for Krul, with Rob Elliot knocking on the door.

RB - Mathieu Debuchy

Newcastle's first choice right-back also played against Leeds United and would be hoping to put in the sort of shift which allowed the Magpies to return from Villa Park with a 2-1 win, two weeks ago.

CB - Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Steven Taylor should be back on the bench tonight, but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was rested against Leeds and is expected to continue as Pardew's preferred first choice centre-back alongside Fabricio Coloccini. 

CB - Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle's skipper is expected to pass a late fitness test and play at Goodison Park. The Magpies haven't kept a clean sheet in their last two league games - and Coloccini knows that stopping Everton from scoring at home is the first step on the way to getting a positive result on Merseyside.

LB - Davide Santon

The Italian defender will come back into his regular slot at LB, after giving it up for young Geordie defender Paul Dummett last Wednesday. Santon will probably have to do defending than attacking from that left side tonight.


DM - Cheick Tiote

The big decision, and it would seem like Pardew will opt for ball winner Cheick Tiote as his main defensive midfielder instead of the impressive Dutchman Vurnon Anita. Tiote impressed against Leeds last week, and has spoken of his desire to win back his place in the starting XI.

DM - Moussa Sissoko

The slightly underrated Sissoko should partner Tiote to shield the Toon defence when the Magpies are under the cosh. Sissoko was left out for the Leeds game and his return has been confirmed by Pardew. 


RM - Hatem Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa was quiet against Hull, and didn't play against Leeds. Tonight, he must help Mathieu Debuchy deal with Leighton Baines down that right side, before masterminding Newcastle's attacking play. This is a huge game for the Frenchman, on a ground where he scored the winner back in 2010.

CM - Yohan Cabaye

Cabaye hasn't really got going this season. The former Lille man has the creativity to cause the opposition problem, and you wonder if tonight is the night he opens his goalscoring account for the season.

LM - Loic Remy

There's a strong argument for playing Remy in a central role, when you consider he scored twice against Hull from that position. However, the man on loan from QPR is likely to start the game on the left side of midfield - and handle the responsibility of creating opportunities for main striker Papiss Cisse. 


CF - Papiss Cisse

Cisse finally brought an end to his goalscoring drought by netting against Leeds on Wednesday night. Goals breed confidence, and Newcastle fans will be hoping Cisse can really push on at Goodison Park tonight. 

What do you think of the team? Should Tiote be brought back in? Is 4-2-3-1 the best formation?

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