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Relegation for Newcastle this season is unthinkable considering their new-found wealth, and it would not be a surprise to see a few more signings arrive at the club before the end of the January transfer window.
Chris Wood has recently followed Kieran Trippier through the door, but the latter could not help his side record a victory over Cambridge United in the FA Cup last weekend, with Eddie Howe‘s team suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to the League One outfit in the third round of the competition.
Newcastle were impressive in their last Premier League match, though, holding Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, which moved them onto 11 points for the season.
The Magpies are currently 19th in the table, two points behind 17th-placed Watford, and they still have more than enough time to move out of the relegation zone, but the bottom four sides, which also include Burnley and Norwich City, could potentially be cut adrift in the coming weeks.
Howe’s team have only lost one of their last five home Premier League games, but they have not beaten Watford in England’s top flight since November 2018, with the points being shared in a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road earlier this season.
Wood is available for selection on Saturday, and the New Zealand international is expected to lead the Newcastle line, with Callum Wilson among those on the sidelines for the Magpies.
Federico Fernandez, Isaac Hayden and Jamal Lewis are also absent through injury, while Javier Manquillo will miss the relegation six-pointer through suspension.
Ciaran Clark should recover from COVID-19 to feature in the middle of the defence, while Joelinton is again expected to start in central midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff.
As for Watford, Nicolas Nkoulou, Peter Etebo and Kwadwo Baah will miss the contest through injury, while Kiko Femenia, Emmanuel Dennis, Ben Foster and Christian Kabasele are all doubts.
The Hornets will also be without Imran Louza, Adam Masina, William Troost-Ekong and Ismaila Sarr due to their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Hassane Kamara is in line to make his debut for the visitors at left-back, while fellow new arrivals Samir and Edo Kayembe could also be in the squad.
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Ranieri will be hopeful that key attacker Dennis can shake off a knock to feature in a wide area, while Josh King should again lead the line for the Hertfordshire outfit.
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Trippier, Clark, Lascelles, Ritchie; Fraser, S Longstaff, Shelvey, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin; Wood
Watford possible starting lineup:
Bachmann; Femenia, Sierralta, Cathcart, Kamara; Kucka; Dennis, Tufan, Sissoko, Sema; King