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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Counter-attacking Hornets can add to Newcastle's woes

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Richarlison wheels away after scoring for Watford against West Ham
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Newcastle v Watford

Three successive defeats have dragged Newcastle into the bottom half of the Premier League and their descent towards the relegation battle could continue with a defeat to Watford.

There was criticism of Newcastle's lack of summer spending and their squad has looked stretched following injuries to key men Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu.

Watford impressed in their televised 2-0 success at home to West Ham – ending a three-game losing sequence – and could cause Newcastle a lot of problems on the counter-attack with the pace of Richarlison and Andre Gray.

1pt 5-2 bet365, Betfred, Hills

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Team news
Mikel Merino and Paul Dummett have returned to training and could feature but Isaac Hayden is banned and Jamaal Lascelles (foot) and Christian Atsu (groin) are out.

Kiko Femenia is available despite suffering cramp in the 2-0 win over West Ham but Isaac Success, Craig Cathcart and Nathaniel Chalobah are injured and Troy Deeney completes a three-game ban.

Key stat
Watford have scored at least two goals in ten of their 13 fixtures this season.

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Watford have score at least two goals in ten of their 13 fixtures this season
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