3 changes and a new formation: How Newcastle should line up vs Watford
3 changes and a new formation: How Newcastle should line up vs Watford - opinion
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3 changes and a new formation: How Newcastle should line up vs Watford - opinion

Steve Bruce will be pondering what changes to make to his lineup when Newcastle face Watford on Saturday.

The Magpies drew their last game against Leeds – an enthralling game at St James’ Park that could easily have gone either way.

Newcastle are still chasing their first win of the season, and will pray they get it at Vicarage Road. But how will they go about getting it?

This is how we think Newcastle should line up vs Watford…

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Four at the back against Watford

It’s been clear for a while that five at the back isn’t working.

Bruce finally ditched it against Leeds, moving Isaac Hayden into midfield after half an hour.

We need to continue with a back four against Watford. It allows us to be much more attacking, while Hayden looks a lot more comfortable in front of the defence rather than part of it.

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Left-back could be an issue, especially if Matt Ritchie starts up against Ismaila Sarr. It might be unlikely, but Paul Dummett should start if fit.

Elsewhere, Federico Fernandez should replace the out-of-form Ciaran Clark.

Should Newcastle line up in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1?

Personally, I would go with the latter because of one man – Miguel Almiron.

A 4-2-3-1 system would allow him to play centrally behind the striker, which is his best position.

In a midfield three he’s lost, while on the right he struggles too due to being heavily left-footed.

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This change will only likely happen if Joe Willock misses out. The summer signing has been pictured wearing a protective boot, meaning he may miss our next game. However, Daily Mail reporter Craig Hope claims that the boot is just a precaution.

His potential injury could help Almiron, and it could also give Ryan Fraser an opportunity.

Ryan Fraser opportunity

With Almiron playing centrally, that creates an opening on the right. There are two candidates – Fraser and Jacob Murphy.

The former has struggled since joining Newcastle, but in the his defence he’s had limited opportunities to start.

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But if we finally use a system that needs proper wingers, Fraser could finally start to prove his worth.

A front four of Joelinton, Almiron, Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin should certainly be capable of causing Watford problems.

How NUFC should start vs Watford: Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett; Hayden, Longstaff; Fraser, Almiron, Joelinton; Saint-Maximin.