Mohamed Diame recalled for Newcastle's home game against Watford

Mohamed Diame has been recalled for Newcastle United's home game against Watford.

Saturday, 25th November 2017, 1:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 11:57 am
Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame

Rafa Benitez, without the suspended Isaac Hayden, has picked Diame ahead of fit-again Mikel Merino for the game (3pm kick-off).

Merino is among the substitutes at St James's Park.

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Otherwise, Benitez's starting XI is unchanged from the side that was beaten 4-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.

Newcastle are looking to end a run of three successive league defeats.

Meanwhile, former United defender Daryl Janmaat is on the Watford bench.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Newcastle team: Elliot; Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Murphy; Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Newcastle subs: Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Merino, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic.

WATFORD: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Watson, Carrillo, Capoue, Pereyra.