Pundit Picks Newcastle Over Watford – However That Was Before Injury Update

Mark Lawrenson has picked Newcastle to defeat Watford on Saturday by a score of 2-1.

Here is what Mark says about the match in BBC Sport.

“It was a great win for Newcastle at Tottenham and what I would say to Newcastle fans is just support the team. Steve Bruce got a great result at Spurs, get behind him.

“I have really liked what I have seen of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron. If they get the service they look like they can score goals.

“For Watford, it is played three, lost three. I don’t think they will win this one but I don’t think they will be bottom of the table for too long.”

This prediction was made before Steve Bruce issued the concerning injury report this morning. During his press conference, Bruce stated that Matt Ritchie will be out for up to two months. He also set Allan Saint-Maximin’s return to be three to five weeks away.

Ritchie and Saint-Maximin join Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, DeAndre Yedlin, and Florian Lejeune as definite misses for the Watford match. While it seems like Joelinton and Jamaal Lascelles will return after missing the Cup tie on Wednesday, there are three other players who are doubts for Saturday. Emil Krafth, Miguel Almiron, and Jetro Willems will all be assessed during training today for their fitness for Watford.

If all of these players miss this game, it could be a very tough one for Newcastle. We, however, have noticed that Steve Bruce is very coy during his press conferences so we do hope that most of the players listed as doubts will be fit to play.

We think Miguel Almiron and Jetro Willems will be declared fit. We are not as concerned with Emil Krafth since we have adequate cover for him in Javier Manquillo. Though we do think that Krafth will also be fit for the important match against Watford.

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