The Toffees continue their fight for a European place against Rafael Benitez’s men, who have shown signs of improvement of late
Everton will aim to bounce back from their Merseyside derby heartbreak when they host Newcastle in the Premier League on Wednesday.
There’s nothing than can console a team after such a derby defeat, but what will have come closest is the way the Toffees performed. They took a well-deserved point from Stamford Bridge, and really should have at Anfield. Marco Silva’s side are showing they can compete tactically with the best teams in the league.
Rafa Benitez has had a lot less to work with, but continues to raise Newcastle’s levels nonetheless. Before an underwhelming 3-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday the Magpies had won three on the bounce. Owner Mike Ashley has been in talks to sell the club again in the last week. After a summer where Newcastle’s net spend was just £2m the news will encourage the Toon who have been crying out for more investment into the club since last season.