This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Side For Watford

Because we are not in Europe and  are out of the League Cup,  we expect Steve McClaren to play his strongest side in each of the remaining games of the season and that includes ties in the FA Cup.

Tomorrow we are at Watford in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and we expect Newcastle to field the strongest side they can muster for that game.

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The team that played so well at Arsenal last week is the side we expect Steve to field tomorrow at Watford.

Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Colback Perez
Subs: Darlow Mbabu Lascelles de Jong Gouffran Thauvin Riviere

On paper that’s a strong side especially with Georginio Wijnaldum in the number 10 role where he looked good last week at the Emirates.

Cheick Tiote also added some steel to the center of the field with a terrific performance for us last Saturday.

But he’s on four yellow cards so he cannot pick up another yellow tomorrow and miss the game at home against the Red Devils on Tuesday night – an almost must win game for us in the league.

The best we have done under Ashley in the FA Cup in the last eight tries is the fourth round  three times.

In 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Two in three fans expect us to go out at the first attempt this season – and that would be the fourth time running we have failed at the first hurdle.

How Will Newcastle Fare At Watford?

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What team would you play tomorrow?

Comments welcome.

73 comments so far

  • one fine day

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Be very interesting if Perez is left out for some unknown reason … So he isn’t cuptied?
    I’d like to see mbabu given a start and dummet in for colo.
    Put siem in number 10 for first half and wini for second
    Thavin needs a half too not 3 mins .
    Don’t think putting these guys in would constitute a “weakened ” team and what have we got loose?

  • Belfast

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #2

    That definitely won’t be the team.

  • kimbo

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Does it matter what team we put out we will get beat.Headlines… We were excellent but!! Headlines from Mcfool. It is really sad that we cannot expect to beat Watford.

  • jarnytoon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Whilst I want a good cup run, I would be of the opinion that I would rest some players with the Manure game on the horizon.

    I’d drop Dummett and start Mbabu, drop Perez or Sissoko for Thauvin and perhaps drop Colo for Lascelles.

    Colo’s slow and pap in the air, which isn’t what you want against Ighalo & Deeney.

    Thauvin actually NEEDS some gametime, plus he offers real pace and trickery.

    With Mbabu, he would actually be an ATTACKING threat from FB. Dummett is a solid 6.5 every week, but is nothing spectacular going forward.

    Still see Watford winning 2-0

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    In an interview Deeney said that Colo was the toughest defender he had come up against this season.

  • Belfast

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Watford will also make a lot of changes.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    He must’ve been pished.

  • Mag52

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8


    With two games against us coming up over the next few weeks, I’m thinking that might be a bit of craftiness from Deeney.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    He said it a few weeks ago.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s having a laugh mate. He had a field day against Colo in September when we played em at home.
    The Watford keeper that day threw the ball out rather than kick all game. And rather than go and attack the ball, Colo just backed off every time and let Deeney bring it down and do what he wanted.
    Colo and Cisse were shocking that game, Infact Cisse was booed off at half time hence being subbed.

  • nufc 11

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Mbabu rb janmatt rm Aaron’s on left like to mbeama cm see If it’s in him to play that role all we need is tiote to miss man utd with Anita injured.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #12

    A lot of stuff circling today Re Shelvey. Still undecided whether he would be a good signing or not ??

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Jazz yo
    Exactly! That Watford game was one of the few games I went to last year. Colo was at his most shockingly poor that game. Looked last key he was allergic to yellow. Mind you he was not alone.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Not at all. Deeney was forced to drop deep. He had a decent game because our midfield was awol that match. The goal he set up was because we had no midfielder and he brought the ball way out. Other than that Colo was comfortable and Deeney was quiet. Most of Deeney’s touches were in the middle third, he barely got a kick near our goal.

    If I remember right, that was the day we tried both Sissoko and Gini centrally, which was the big problem.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Jazzy p that meant.
    And for me Shelvey is the priority to get in from the names I have heard bandied about. Second would be a central def and a maybe a full back,either side.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Agee the whole team was poor. And I’m no Colo basher like some on here but he gave him way to much space.
    I personally couldn’t believe the size of Deeney, he looks like he borders on the chubby size cos he has such a massive frame, And yes there was a big gap between Defence and the midfield.But Colo just let him do as he pleased.
    When I’ve got back from a match I always like to watch it back through match of the day, And my thoughts didn’t change as that was the thoughts of the regulars I sit around to.
    The trouble now is Colo’s legs have gone and he relies on experience and knowledge of the game, And the Pl is as we know unforgiving which is why he is found wanting in most games .

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Sing in the corner
    Shelvey must be doing something right to break into the England team, And has the experience of the Pl,Which is massively important in our fight for survival.But is he the right man…. I’m still on the fence mate.

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    “We expect Newcastle to field the strongest side they can muster for that game.”

    You can expect what you like , but we have Man U at home 3 days later , a real good opportunity to get 3 points , I know which I’d prefer.

  • sparky55

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #19

    From previous thread…Townsend the England international who Hodgson rates more than any other winger during his England tenure is expensive at 10 million with all his premier experience?

    You’re having a laf!

    Look at the french sh!te we’ve bought for similar money…IMO 10 million might not represent fantastic value but it’s certainly fair value in the market today and when he’s good he’s very good.

    In the scheme of things 10 million to help keep us up is nowt and well worth the gamble in my view….especially when you take into consideration what’s at stake here.

    Chump change in reality

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d expect Aarons and M’Babu to play and McClaren would be potty to play Elliot with his injury history.
    Quique Flores is expected to rest a few players.
    So should we.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #21

    If Colo had followed him into midfield he would have been slaughtered. Colo forced Deeney intoan area that in a team with a functioning midfield the midfield would take over. Our midfield was our worst area off the ball that day, as it often is. The centre back shouldn’t be having to follow him into midfield, unless a midfielder drops in to cover. Ours barely covered midfield that day which was the cause of our woes. Not Colo.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Still, nothing changes the fact that Deeney says Colo was the most difficult to play against.

  • sparky55

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Most teams in the bottom half will put out weakened teams this weekend because this year more than any year premiership survival is paramount because of the new Sky deal.

    There’ll be no fairy tales this year…it’ll be in the hands of one of the top 6 teams because they’ll be going for it without fear whereas the bottom half have only got one thing in mind.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #24

    I would expect at least 5 changes for the game Saturday. As you rightly say the Manure game is way more important than a cup run this season simply because the position we find our self in.
    A good cup run would be great for the fans and the morale of the team, But Pl survival should be the only priority at this moment in time

  • sparky55

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #25

    I really can’t see how any premiership striker would name Colo as a player most difficult play against because most dominate him and have no problem losing him…very strange thing to say especially taking into consideration we lost 3-0 that day.

    You would think a striker naming someone as difficult to play against was because they never had any joy against them…but Watford had a field day that day and we’ve averaged over 2 goals a game conceded for the last calendar year…so methinks Deeney is thinking about someone else and would wager no other striker in the premiership would ever name Colo in such a way…never in a million years in fact.

    We have weak links all over therapy (hence our perilous situation) but there’s no doubt in my mind Colo is the weakest of them all…he is proper sh!te.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Be shocked if he doesn’t make a minimum of 3 changes. Weve lost the last 3 games without scoring so regardless of playing well surely something has to change?
    Im guessing –
    Thauvin in for sissoko on the right
    De jong for Gini
    Possibly Aarons for gini on the left if fit
    Lascelles for Coloccini
    Mbabu for a full back

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #27

    We lost 2-1 and Deeney got neither.

    Anyway, got to go. Work calls….

  • sparky55

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #28

    lilo…hahaha…what fcuking game was i thinking of then??????

  • hibbitt

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #29

    when one link in the chain is weak the whole chain is weak its just a knock on effect we have a weak link in every department hence our problems and or position in the prem

  • barkel

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #30

    There’s no way we’ll play our strongest side. I’d say the following will be getting game time
    Darlow, Lascelles, Mbabu, Thauvin, Goofy, Toney, SDJ possibly see run outs for Steery, Rivi, Marv and Aarons too

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #31

    The 2 -1 loss to Watford was in August and contrary to what true Geordie asserted , McClaren didn’t say we were unlucky he said we were behind other PL sides in our fitness levels.

    That was mainly because we spent most of July travelling for hours back and forth across the USA playing shit teams.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Darlow for Elliott
    Gillesphey for Janmatt
    Lascelles for Mbemba
    Mbabu in at left back
    Thauvin for Sissoko
    Sdj for Wini
    Aaron’s on the left with Perez and Mitro up top.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #33

    I remember watching the Watford game and Mclaren got the formation all wrong in the first half plus Cisse was shocking

    At nil nil we should have had a penalty when Cisse was wrestled to the ground

    I remember we battered them 2nd half and De Jong missed a good chance ….

    Saying that Watford have improved immensely if Deeney and Ighalo start we will be in for a tough game exactly the type of hard working attackers that we struggle against

  • hibbitt

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #34

    barkel they should be no if’s and but’s they should all play the prem has to have priority

  • sparky55

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #35

    Anyone know what this new years surprise Perez had lined up for us was?

  • barkel

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    I think the first 7 on the list defo will, Steery had bench duty a few times so that’s why I think he’ll get a run. The last 3 are fitness dependant, I think they were supposed to play in the u-21 match that was postponed earlier this week

  • Viduka

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Just sign king Cahill (timmy!) And Luongo from Qpr… Get ol Remy on loan and we will survive

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Just been reading an article on the unwashed transfer dealings with Kone from Lorient.
    What an absolute sh@t club they are

  • Slank

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #39

    As much as I hate to say it but the FA Cup is currently not our priority.

    Therefore, McClaren could start some players who have hitherto spent lengthy periods on the bench. The problem is that he will be roundly condemned by the local media and many fans.

    My team:

    Mbabu – Lascelles – Colo – Dummitt
    Tiote – Gini – De Jong
    Sissoko – Mitrovic – Thauvan

    McClaren needs to give De Jong and Thauvan a full 90 minutes. We need to see how they perform over the full 90 minutes and not as substitutes.

    Gini needs another run out in the middle alongside Tiote. They were both very good against Arsenal, hopefully it wasn’t a one-off.

    Would like to see Mbabu in the right back position which should be more suited to him than on the other wing.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #40

    is relegation classed as winning somthing


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