After escaping the relegation zone for all of two days last weekend, Newcastle United attempt to move clear of the bottom three again tomorrow when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets have already beaten Steve McClaren’s side twice this season – ending their FA Cup run three weeks ago after defeating the Magpies 2-0 at St James’ Park back in September.

Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have been on a poor run of late though, losing four on the bounce to slip to 12th in the table.

McClaren will be hoping new signing Jonjo Shelvey can reproduce a performance like the one he turned in against West Ham last week, when the England man orchestrated a fine 2-1 win for his new side.


Paul Dummett limped out of the West Ham game with a hamstring injury and although the seriousness of the knock hasn’t been confirmed, the nature of those kinds of injuries indicates that he’ll struggle to be fit.

However, Steven Taylor has had no reaction to his own hamstring problem while training with the first team and could make his return to the squad.

Papiss Cisse, Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan and Vurnon Anita all remain injured, while Siem de Jong won’t make the squad thanks to a nasty eye injury picked up in training.

Henri Saivet is on standby to cover Dummett’s potential absence, with Jack Colback moving to left-back.

Watford have new signing Nordin Amrabat available after his move from Malaga but defenders Tommy Hoban and Joel Ekstrand are still injured.


Watford currently sit bottom of the Premier League form table, having picked up just four points from their last six games. Newcastle are third bottom after collecting five.

The last time these two met at Vicarage Road, Newcastle claimed the three Championship points when Fabricio Coloccini and Andy Carroll scored in a 2-1 win.

Stretching all the way back to the 1923/24 season, Newcastle have won just four of the 21 meetings, with Watford taking the points eight times.