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Watford vs Newcastle LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture today

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Follow the latest updates live from the Premier League clash between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road.

Watford can take a large step away from relegation with a victory this afternoon, with Nigel Pearson’s side sitting precariously three points above the drop zone with both Bournemouth and Aston Villa in hot pursuit. Newcastle meanwhile have pulled themselves clear of the relegation fight and sit comfortably in 13th place, safe on 43 points and already turning their attentions towards another season of Premier League football.

As well as Watford’s clash with Newcastle, Norwich host West Ham from 12:30pm in another relegation clash, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all in action later in the day. Follow the live updates below.

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David Moyes, speaking to BT Sport: "It's a big opportunity, one of a run of games where we have to pick up points. We need a bit more quality, and we need to not concede goals. If we do that, we've got a great chance of staying up."

Newcastle appear to have returned to the days of Kevin Keegan and become the Premier League's new entertainers.

This could turn out to be a bad day for several teams at the bottom of the Premier League. Norwich, of course, will be relegated if they lose, though it seems a matter of when rather than if their place in the Championship for next season will be confirmed.

Aston Villa and Bournemouth could also find themselves in a bad situation if both West Ham and Watford win today. That would take the latter two sides to 34 points, six clear of Bournemouth and seven ahead of Villa. It would put serious pressure on them to win their games tomorrow, and these are not teams in good form.

In a couple of hours, then, things could be looking pretty bleak for the current bottom three.

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Watford are also unchanged from their visit of Carrow Road. Nigel Pearson's side weren't particularly convincing in that game, but the only real concern was grinding out a victory, and that's what they did.

Newcastle bring Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, Javier Manquillo and Dwight Gayle into the starting XI after their 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, which was a humbling return to reality for Steve Bruce and his players after a decent run of form.

Norwich name an unchanged starting XI after a battling display at Watford. That made it six league defeats in a row, but clearly Daniel Farke liked what he saw.

West Ham, meanwhile, make just one change after their 1-0 defeat against Burnley on Wednesday: captain Mark Noble is back in, replacing Andriy Yarmolenko. This is a big game for the Hammers, who could put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three with a win.

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Hello and welcome to the Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League action. It's another busy Saturday in the top flight, with key games at the bottom and top end of the division.

To start off, though, attention turns to the relegation battle. Norwich, in effect already down, host a West Ham side still looking to pull clear of the bottom three. And Watford are at home against Newcastle, hoping to widen the gap to 18th-placed Bournemouth.

When is it and what time is kick-off?

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The game will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch.

Confirmed line-ups

Watford: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina, Capoue, Hughes, Sarr, Doucoure, Welbeck, Deeney.

Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Cleverley, Chalobah, Cathcart, Joao Pedro, Gray, Pussetto, Pereyra.

Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Saint-Maximin, Schar, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Gayle.

Subs: Joelinton, Muto, Krafth, Yedlin, Lazaro, Darlow, Atsu, Bentaleb, Matthew Longstaff.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

What are the odds?

Watford – 5/6

Draw – 11/4

Newcastle – 4/1

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