Here is the predicted Newcastle team v Watford.
The starting eleven appears to be pretty obvious, well at least it is to me.
A combination of a very decent performance against West Ham and Steve McClaren’s injury/fitness round-up on Saturday afternoon, seem to give us/me all the evidence needed to pick the likely starting eleven.
The only changes must surely be those forced on the Newcastle boss, from the side he picked against West Ham,
McClaren said today that neither Jack Colback or Paul Dummett would be available for tomorrow’s match, so who to replace them?
In an interview with BBC Newcastle the United boss appeared to not even consider playing Rolando Aarons as a left-back or wing-back and he indicated he’d be playing a back four, not a 3-5-2/5-3-2 that he did against Watford in the FA Cup two weeks ago.
So Jamaal Lascelles looks nailed on to play left-back, unless Daryl Janmaat is moved across to the left and Lascelles (or Mbemba) go on the right. It would be Lascelles’ first ever Premier League start for Newcastle, to go with the five PL appearances off the bench so far, including against West Ham last Saturday.
With Colback not available for either full-back or midfield, it looks as though we will see Henri Saivet make his first Premier League start as well, partnering the other new signing Jonjo Shelvey.
I have shown the formation as a 4-4-2 with Perez partnering Mitrovic and Wijnaldum out wide left.
This is how the club showed the team layout when announcing the side v West Ham, though the reality then and almost certainly tomorrow, is that Perez will play more on the left and Wijnaldum through the middle.
Whether you would call it a 4-4-2 is also doubtful as Mitrovic usually is always far more advanced than whoever the next Newcastle player is.
My predicted Newcastle team v Watford:
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