Even so, three points against Newcastle would keep the Toffees at the top end of the table, with David Moyes hoping that the likes of Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka bear no ill-effects from their international participation in the past few days.
Everton are odds-on with every firm to put the Magpies to the sword, with 17/20 (Ladbrokes free bets) the best price available and the Merseyside team have every chance of securing the points if they can replicate the performance of their opening game, although the visitors will not be easy opponents.
Newcastle were outstanding for large parts of last season and their only away game this season to date was a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, with Alan Pardew hoping to see United return to winning ways after a surprise 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.
The north-east side look way too big at 4/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win this match considering there was little between the two teams last season and the Magpies also have two strikers who can cause the Everton defence plenty of problems.
Papiss Cisse is still looking to get off the mark and is an 8/1 chance (William Hill) to break the deadlock, with Demba Ba also likely to be a goal threat, although the same applies to Jelavic who scored Croatia’s only goal against Macedonia last week.
We know the Everton blueprint at home and that’s to operate a mean defence and look to take chances as and when they come along, with Fellaini especially dangerous from set pieces as he proved against Manchester United. A 1-0 win to the Toffees is available at 6/1.