Newcastle Field Strong Side – Only One Change

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Steve McClaren has just announced the Newcastle team for the 3rd round FA Cup tie at Watford today and there’s just one change from the side that narrowly lost 1-0 at Arsenal last week with Kevin Mbabu coming in for Jack Colback in midfield.

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Mbabu, Sissoko, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Perez
Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Sterry, Thauvin, Toney, Gouffran, De Jong

It may be a 3-5-2 formation for Newcastle today with Janmaat and Mbabu being the two wing-backs – and it’s a huge opportunity for young Mbabu to impress in this game.

So Steve is playing his strongest team with Jack Colback nursing a slight knee injury and we thought there would be three or four changes – but Steve is going all out for the win.

Good for him!

This is what McClaren has said about the Watford strikers and the club who have surprised a lot of people this season with their excellent start in the Premier League:

“I came across Deeney and Ighalo in the Championship last season and they were a large reason why Watford were promoted.”

“They are doing very well and have a good team behind them, as well.   They scored plenty of goals in the Championship and they have managed to step up and deliver in the Premier League.”

“Watford have surprised everybody.” “Credit to what Quique Flores has done in carrying on the good work from last season and it’s going to be a tough game for us on Saturday.”

“It’s one of the toughest away fixtures we could have asked for. We’re coming up against a Watford team in very good form, so it won’t be easy to win the game – but we will go there to win it.”

Not many fans think we can win this game today – about one out of four to be exact.

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It would be a shock and a great win if the lads can pull this one off.

Howay The Lads!!

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