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    Watford v Newcastle United: FA Cup Match Preview

    By Alex Easley
    Obbi Oulare could make his debut for Watford on Saturday.
    Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores might be ringing the changes and rest key first-team players when Newcastle visit Vicarage Road in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

    Obbi Oulare is just one of many potential players to be brought in and could make his debut is Flores decides to rest captain Troy Deeney or his strike partner Odion Ighalo.

    Jose Holebas may also start but Nathan Ake remains suspended after his sending off against Tottenham last month, Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand are also out.
    Watford captain Troy Deeney could be rested by Quique Sanchez Flores.
    As for Newcastle, Jack Colback is a doubt for the visitors after he suffered a hamstring injury in the defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

    Vurnon Anita is definitely out, while midfielder Rolando Aarons and striker Emmanual Riviere are back in contention as Steven Taylor is closing in on a return to action.

    Magpies head coach Steve McClaren is hopeful that Papiss Cisse’s groin injury is not as serious as first feared and he could return to training next week, however goalkeeper Tim Krul, defender Massadio Haidara and midfielder Gabriel Obertan remain on the injured list.

    Hornets’ boss Flores will be making his debut in the FA Cup, he did admit that it is not his priority this season, he said:

    "I am looking forward to this competition, because it's very important in England,

    “This is a historic competition, so of course we are thinking about the next match.

    "We will try to be competitive again. We want to win. It's not our main target this season, but we do want to win and dedicate it to the fans."
    Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores says the FA Cup isn't the priority for his side this season.
    McClaren in his press conference this week stated: “With the position we are in, it doesn’t matter if it’s cup or league. It’s an important game and one we want to go and win.

    “We need a win. We need to gather momentum and tomorrow is an opportunity to do that. Arsenal is the standard and the level.

    “We’ve got one or two players who have got niggles and it’s a big risk, so we need to decide if we play them.

    “Tomorrow will be the strongest strongest team we can put out without taking a risk (on anyone).”


    Watford have been drawn to face Newcastle in the FA Cup on three previous occasions, with the Hornets progressing in the most recent tie in 1989.

    Watford have won only one of their last six FA Cup games (L4 D1), with the solitary victory over Bristol City in 2014 coming in a replay at Vicarage Road.

    Newcastle have failed to score in their last three FA cup games away from home.

    The Magpies have lost their last four FA Cup ties, reaching the fourth round only three times in the last nine seasons.


    Newcastle United 1 (Janmaat), Watford 2 (Ighalo 2) - Premier League, September 2015

    Watford 1 (Hoskins), Newcastle United 2 (Coloccini, Carroll) - Championship, February 2010

    Newcastle United 2 (Lovenkrands, Pancrate), Watford 0 - Championship, December 2009


    Watford: WWWDLL

    Newcastle United: WWDLLL

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