Newcastle United have guaranteed their Premier League survival in a hugely impressive first campaign back in the top flight, but will still want to beat Watford to help ensure a top half finish – a feat that the club have managed just twice in the last decade.
The Magpies were disappointing throughout their 1-0 home defeat to bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion last weekend, and Rafa Benitez will want his side to bounce back with a solid performance, if only to demonstrate his side have not clocked off early after securing safety well in advance of the season’s climax.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Toon side it believes will start the game.
Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.
And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.
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