Rafa Benitez could look to make some changes for the trip to Watford following two consecutive 1-0 defeats. But he will be without the suspended Islam Slimani after the forward was charged by the FA for violent conduct following an incident against West Bromwich Albion last weekend. So Dwight Gayle should continue as the lone striker, with Joselu providing the back-up option. The Magpies boss does have Jacob Murphy as a viable starter out wide, although Christian Atsu remains an injury concern. Isaac Hayden is the alternative in central midfield, with Mikel Merino an injury doubt. At the back, Ciaran Clark and Javier Manquillo are the players most likely to push for recalls though changes appear unlikely.
Yedlin – Lejeune – Lascelles – Dummett
Ritchie – Shelvey – Diame – Kenedy