Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has just announced the side for the game at Watford today and it looks like Jamaal Lascelles will partner Fabricio Coloccini in central defense and Chancel Mbemba will move to left back – in for the injured Paul Dummett.
Watford (4-4-2): Heurelho Gomes; Juan Carlos Paredes, Miguel Britos, Craig Cathcart, Nathan Ake; Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami, Ben Watson, Jose Manuel Jurado; Troy Deeney (c), Odion Igalho
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Allan Nyom, Sebastian Prodl, Adlene Guedioura, Almen Abdi, Ikechi Anya, Nordin Amrabat
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Chancel Mbemba; Moussa Sissoko, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Rolando Aarons; Georginio Wijnaldum; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere
It’s a first start for new signing Henri Saivet and he partners Jonjo Shelvey in a new central midfield for Newcastle.
Perez has been dropped for Rolando Aarons so perhaps Rolando has looked good in training.
That’s not a bad team assuming Lascelles can have a solid game alongside the experienced Newcastle captain.
As expected Florian Thauvin is back on the bench and his loan move to Marseille may not go through if we cannot get Andros Townsend or a suitable alternative through the door this month.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about today’s game:
“We’ve played Watford a couple of times and in the cup we were very unlucky.” “They have got a home game and they will be buoyed and confident because they have beaten us twice, so it is up to us to go there and give a good performance so we can get the right result.
“They haven’t won for a few games and need a win. Everyone has a little dip and they will be looking to come out of it, and we will be looking to go there and make sure they don’t.”
“It’s a difficult game for us. Watford are a very capable team and with their two strikers – Deeney and Ighalo, they are capable of winning any game.”
“They will be determined to turn their form around. They are dangerous opponents – we know that from the last time we played them – but it’s about what we do with our performance.”
“We want quality and we’ve got quality, you saw that against West Ham.” “What we’ve got is a couple of new signings and players who are starting to adapt well to the Premier League.“
“Gini Wijnaldum is a perfect example with his performances, and Chancel Mbemba has also got better as they’ve adapted.” “You’ve seen it with the teams who have come up as well. Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford have adapted to the league and have given it a good go.“
“The quality from top to bottom is close and there is always going to be a fine line between winning and losing in this league.”
Over 70% of fans think we will win this game today.
We need a win today.
Howay The Lads!!