Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Watford

In-demand Watford boss Marco Silva insists his only focus is on his team ahead of their trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

Silva has been heavily linked to the Everton vacancy in the past weeks, with The Toffees having a reported ten-million-pound bid rejected for the Portuguese coach.

After three straight league defeats, The Hornets got a well-earned home win over West Ham last time out, just their second victory at Vicarage Road this season.

Silva admitted that he is ‘working as normal’ and believes that ‘this is the moment for the owners to talk to each other about the situation.’

 

When asked about the current speculation surrounding him, the Watford head coach failed to give a definitive answer on his position. He said ‘No, what I am sure about is that I will be committed every day that I work at this club’. Silva, who has only been at the Watford helm for twelve games, did reiterate that, ‘Nothing has changed because I will work 100 per cent for this club’.

The Hertfordshire club travel to the north-east in eighth place but have lost their last three away games after previously being unbeaten away from The Vic. They have been boosted by the return of Austrian defender Sebastien Prodl and influential midfielder Roberto Pereyra, who have both shaken off hamstring injuries ahead of this clash. Silva will be again without new signing Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) and young Nigerian forward Isaac Success (leg), who are still a few weeks from full fitness.

 

Newcastle will be lifted by a bid headed by Amanda Stavely to takeover the club from current owner Mike Ashley. However, Toon boss Rafa Benitez called for fans to keep realistic on their transfer budget for January, even if the proposed takeover is successful.

When addressing supporters on the takeover news, Benitez said, ‘My message (to the fans) is that we can do nothing. Stay behind the team, support because they can make the difference in some games.’

‘Another message that is very clear for the fans is not that a new owner will come and spend £100 million in the transfer window. No chance.’

On the pitch, the Spaniard’s side have struggled of late after an encouraging start on their return to the top flight. With only 1 win in their last 7 league games, Newcastle go into their encounter with Watford low on confidence, but will know a win could lift them into the top half of the table and just one point behind The Hornets. Summer purchase Mikel Merino and defender Paul Dummett could both be set for a return from injury, but Isaac Hayden will miss the game through suspension.

 

 

 

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