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Pick & Share Your Watford XI To Beat Newcastle

 • by Tom Bodell
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With Everton’s pursuit of Watford head coach Marco Silva finally at an end the attention switches to the Hornets’ Premier League clash at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Silva was subject of three approaches from the Toffees and, although the Portuguese refused to commit his future to Watford, the Hornets were adamant they would not let the 40-year-old meet the Merseysiders.

So the focus moves back to a fine start to the new Premier League campaign and a trip to winless-in-three Newcastle next up for the Hornets who beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday.

Silva caused a surprise by handing left-back Marvin Zeegelaar his first start in place of José Holebas – who was only named as a substitute – and the Dutchman overcame an early elbow from Andy Carroll to impress. He should keep his place.

Also on the bench was Sebastian Prödl. The Austrian defender was back from a hamstring injury but despite being Watford’s reigning Player of the Season he could be forced to settle for a back-up role once more.

Another player who should be left out is Roberto Pereyra. His place in the side was taken by man-of-the-match Will Hughes who scored the opener and assisted Richarlison‘s second.

Kiko Femenía is a doubt after being withdrawn with a knock against the Hammers and if he misses out Watford will be without a senior right wing-back.

Nathaniel Chalobah (knee), Younès Kaboul (hamstring), Craig Cathcart (knee), Isaac Success (hamstring) and Tommie Hoban (knee) are all long-term absentees.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Watford side it believes is most likely to start, but you can also give it a go yourself.

Just click ‘create your own’ on the lineup at the top of the page and pick the XI players you would choose, and you can also see their stats per 90 minutes once you’ve picked them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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