Newcastle United 1 – 2 Everton FC
Saturday, March 5th 2011, 16.00 CET
Another match over. As you can see from the pre-match analysis in this post, I had predicted Newcastle to win (with a bet of 2 units), and over 2.5 goals scored (bet of 2 units). This means I lost the 2 units I bet on Newcastle, but I won 2.4 from the other bet. That’s a surplus of 0.4 units for this match, and in total this weekend (with the 4 units lost on VfB Stuttgart vs. Schalke 04) I have a loss of 3.6 units.
What went wrong with the Newcastle game? Well, at the beginning of the match everything was going really well (for me): Newcastle managed to open the score through Leon Best after 20 minutes of play, and at Everton the absence of Fellaini and Cahill was very obvious. After about 30 minutes of play though, a superb action by Everton’s Mikel Arteta ended with a pass up front to Leon Osman, who sent the ball past the goalkeeper and a Newcastle defender and equalized. Then, magic for Everton: a brilliant cross by Leighton Baines, which started from a “dead” situation 35 yards away from Newcastle’s goal, ended near the box at Phil Jagielka, and it only took a shot at the goal for the striker to bring Everton an advantage on the scoreboard.
The second half started with Everton a lot more confident than before, having a good overall control of the game at the midfield. There were no other huge occasions for goal, though. It seemed as if both teams were rather content with the result. Newcastle stays on the 9th place, but Everton jumps just behind them on 10th (first time this year they’re in the first half of the schedule).
I’m disappointed at Newcastle, to be honest. After those 5 minutes of shock that they had in the first half, they got demoralized and just went out of the game basically. I think they should have done more, if nothing else then for the fans who gathered to see them. Oh well, I suppose the injuries in their squad had their say. Oh, I almost forgot: in the prediction post I said that for Newcastle, Shola Ameobi was out with a broken cheek. Guess what: they had him go on the field with a face mask on.