Watford vs Newcastle United: Premier League match preview, team news, manager quotes and confirmed teams


Watford vs Newcastle United: Premier League match preview, team news, manager quotes and confirmed teams

A win for Newcastle over mid-table Watford would give them valuable breathing space in the Premier League relegation battle.

Watford, though, can climb up to seventh and go two points behind Manchester United with a victory at Vicarage Road.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and Watford boss Javi Gracia

The Magpies won the reverse fixture 1-0 in November with Ayoze Perez scoring the only goal of the game.

Team news

Watford will be without Christian Kabasele against Newcastle.

The defender was hospitalised after colliding with a goal post during the defeat to Chelsea, though he appears to have escaped serious injury.

Yoshinori Muto of Newcastle United is fouled by Watford’s Etienne Capoue

Andre Gray (leg), Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Adalberto Penaranda (foot) were all absent on Boxing Day and remain out. Will Hughes is back in the starting XI.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Watford after a five-game absence, but only fit enough for the bench.

Shelvey’s recovery from a thigh injury is timely for manager Rafael Benitez, with Ki Sung Yueng now away on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup.

Benitez has only keeper Karl Darlow (elbow) and defender Ciaran Clark (ankle) missing, with Florian Lejeune still not ready after a lengthy lay-off to a knee injury.