Everton predicted lineup vs Newcastle: Two changes as Lampard sets up his side in 4-2-3-1

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Frank Lampard prepares for his first Premier League game as Everton manager

Everton travels to Newcastle after an emphatic win over Brentford in the FA Cup marking the beginning of Frank Lampard’s era at Goodison Park. Back to the Premier League, the Toffees now prepare themselves to salvage themselves for the rest of the season after devastating performances under Rafa Benitez.

Everton hovers just above the drop zone and it will take a herculean effort from Lampard and his side to survive the relegation battle. Four points differentiate Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League table with the Magpies lingering in the relegation zone in 19th place.

In a certain way, this tie becomes a six-pointer, given that a win for Toffees will not only ensure their jump in the table but also guarantee that their direct rival in the drop zone ends up with no points, stretching the gap between the two sides.

Just like Everton, Newcastle have also made sizeable additions to their squad in the quest to survive in the Top Flight. Chris Wood, Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Bruno Guimaraes and Matt Targett strengthen the Toons.

Everton supporters will have a chance to see new signings Dele Alli, Donny van de Beek and Anwar El Ghazi in action. Since the trio was cup tied, they didn’t feature in Lampard’s first game but now are in contention for selection. Some more optimistic winds have blown Everton’s way as Dominic Calvert-Lewin has returned to the side after missing the game against Brentford due to a knock.

Everton predicted lineup vs Newcastle United:

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford

It was thought that Lampard might rotate the goalkeepers and give Asmir Begovic a start in the FA Cup but with Jordan Pickford starting the cup game, it is certain that Begovic is barely a backup. Pickford will once again assume the role between the sticks after a mixed display against the Bees.

He made a couple of fine saves but then gave away a penalty which was eventually converted, reducing the deficit to half for the time being. The Englishman hasn’t kept a clean sheet in the last 10 games and he will be aiming to keep the Newcastle attack at bay.