Watford will look to further extend their cushion to the Premier League relegation zone when they welcome already-safe Newcastle United to Vicarage Road on Saturday.

A 2-1 win over basement boys Norwich City last time out extended the gap between Watford and the bottom three to 3 points.

The 17th placed Hornets are level on points with West Ham, who are also in action Saturday lunchtime as they travel to Carrow Road themselves.

Danny Welbeck’s sensational overhead kick settled the affair against the Canaries, ending Watford’s 6-game wait for a win in the process.

The three points proved valuable for Nigel Pearson, with nearest chasers Bournemouth holding Spurs on Thursday evening.

A win against Newcastle could be a massive boost in the fight for top flight survival, with the Magpies themselves already considered safe.

Steve Bruce’s side have surpassed the ‘magic 40’ point mark, so often considered enough for Premier League survival, and have done so since the restart with a new-found vigour.

Newcastle were tipped for relegation in the early running of this campaign, but have since performed consistently enough to remain a top flight side.

With Newcastle out of danger and the Europa League places out of reach, they have played with an increased freedom – something which has resulted in fluctuating scorelines, with a 2-2 draw with West Ham sandwiched between a 1-4 win at Bournemouth and a 5-0 loss at Manchester City.

Watford could arguably have had a better chance of staying up had Gerard Deulofeu been available, but the Spaniard, along with teammates Daryl Janmaat and Isaac Success, won’t feature against the Toon.

Troy Deeney hasn’t scored since Project Restart began, but will no doubt want to set that record straight against a side he’s never netted against in a Premier League game.

For Newcastle United, Allan Saint-Maximin could make a comeback after being left out against Manchester City, and Miguel Almiron may also start after being benched for the 5-0 loss at the Etihad.

Andy Carroll, Jamaal Lascelles and Issac Hayden are all doubts for the long trip to Hertfordshire.

Watford v Newcastle United is a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday, July 11.

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