Steve McClaren indicated there would be one or two changes to his Newcastle team v Watford due to ‘niggles’.
In the event the NUFC starting eleven v Watford shows only…one:
Elliot, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Mbabu, Perez, Mitrovic
The United boss bringing in only Kevin Mbabu for Jack Colback, who McClaren said was struggling yesterday.
However, NUFC say that the team will line up in a 3-5-2 (5-3-2 or 4-6-0…?) with Janmaat and Mbabu as wing-backs.
On the bench:
Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Gouffran, Thauvin, de Jong, Toney
On the other hand, Watford have left out four, including Capoue and top scorer Idion Ighalo (phew!), though they are both on the bench.
“I want to play and be on the pitch, I want to be in the squad but it is the manager’s decision.
“When you look at the situation we’re now in, we have to put the Premier League first, but I think all the players want to play.”
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