Predicted Newcastle United line-up to face Watford in the league
Newcastle United would be aiming to finally win a league game this season when they face Watford at St.James’ Park this Saturday. Rafa Benitez’s men got a valuable point away from home at Southampton last week, but they are still searching for their first three-pointer of the campaign.
The Magpies now face an in-form Hornets team, who are seventh in the table. Watford have already won six of the 10 games played. Therefore, it won’t be easy for the home side by any means.
Ciaran Clark is injured and the Saturday game might be too early for him. Ayoze Perez has a knock and wouldn’t be involved in this game. Florian Lejeune is out for long-term.
Probable Newcastle United XI
Manager: Rafa Benitez
Martin Dubravka (GK)
Where would Newcastle be without him? Dubravka comes up with stellar performances and he is doing that on a consistent basis this season.
DeAndre Yedlin (RB)
The American full-back has been defensively decent but the Magpies would be hoping for more on the other end of the pitch.
Jamaal Lascelles (CB)
The captain is a secure presence at the back and is leading the team to the best of his abilities.
Federico Fernandez (CB)
His partnership with Lascelles is slowly flourishing, which is good news for Benitez and the Newcastle fans.
Paul Dummett (LB)
He is another player who is doing his defensive job as per requirement. However, a bit more on the attacking front would be a welcome bonus.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM)
If the Magpies are to win this game, Shelvey should be in good form. His creativity and vision are vital to the team.
Mohamed Diame (CM)
Diame has been solid in central midfield, if not spectacular. A good foil for Shelvey in a midfield pivot.
Matt Ritchie (RW)
The former Bournemouth man is trying his best to create chances for the team but the final product is lacking. He is still one of the key players in the team.
Christian Atsu (LW)
Kenedy really struggled to harness any impact against Southampton. Maybe starting with Atsu could change something.
Yoshinori Muto (SS)
Perez has been atrocious this season. Muto had no service to work with last weekend and hence he may start as a support striker against Watford and look to do more.
Salomon Rondon doesn’t look match fit yet. As a result, we could see Joselu leading the line.