Silva calls for Everton focus
Marco Silva has told his Everton players to expect a tough game when they head to Newcastle United on Saturday.
Everton have picked up four points from their last two Premier League matches to reignite their quest for a European finish and now face a difficult challenge to extend that unbeaten run at St James' Park.
The Magpies, who lost 2-0 against West Ham United at the London Stadium last time out, have won their last four home matches, beating Cardiff City, Manchester City, Huddersfield Town and Burnley.
Rafael Benitez's men are still scrapping to survive, with six points the gap to the Bluebirds in 18th, and Silva knows his side will have to produce a top performance if they are going to head back to Merseyside with a positive result.
"Newcastle have shown they are solid at home," he said. "They're always a solid team with their defensive organisation and really strong in the counter-attack."
Silva has confirmed left-back Leighton Baines remains sidelined, while centre-back Phil Jagielka is doubtful, meaning the Toffees could be forced into a slight re-shuffle at the back.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.