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With yet another victory at the weekend, Marco Silva’s Watford side is making huge strides in the top flight this season but they face a stern test just days later when they welcome Manchester United on Tuesday. The Hornets stand in the 8th place, just 4 points off a top-4 spot and a victory in this game could well see them as genuine contenders for a place in Europe.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side are fresh off a thumping victory at the weekend and will not settle for anything less than three points.
Isacc Success, Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart and Nathaniel Chalobah remain sidelined for this tie against Manchester United. Miguel Britos limped away in the game at the weekend but is expected to be fit for this tie. Troy Deeney, however, is expected to make the bench, coming back from an injury.
Gomes remains Silva’s preferred choice in goal and should keep his place in the side for this tie.
After a decent showing at the weekend, Mariappa has been effective in a back-3 and should start this game on the right-hand side of the backline.
Standing at the heart of the backline, Christian Kabasele will have to put on a solid show against the likes of Romelu Lukakau in this game.
Back to training after picking up a niggle at the weekend, Britos should keep his place in the side, to complete Watford’s backline.
Femenia put in a solid performance away from home against the Magpies, Femenia should retain his place as a wing-back on the right-hand side.
After yet another impressive performance, the youngster has established himself in the first-team and should start this game as a part of the midfield.
One of the best players for Watford against Newcastle, Doucoure, will have his work cut out against a world-class midfield of the visitors.
The former Manchester United man has been effective this season and could be the danger man in the middle of the park for the Red Devils.
Having put in a match-winning performance at the weekend, Zeegelaar should keep his place as a left wing-back against United.
The Brazilian has been the most productive player for Watford this season and should start in an attacking role through the middle.
Though Deeney is back in training, Gray has been leading the line effectively and will hope to get the better of Lindelof and Smalling in this clash.