Newcastle United v Watford, Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

Rafa Benitez Newcastle United

Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

St. James’ Park - Premier League

Newcastle need to end a run of three defeats against a Watford team who ended their own run of three defeats with victory over David Moyes’ disjointed West Ham last Sunday.

Past Meetings

The clubs last met in 2015-16 when Watford beat Newcastle three times in league and cup but only by a single goal each time, 2-1 home and away in the Premier League and 1-0 at home in the FA Cup. Before that the clubs hadn’t met since 2010.

Team News

Watford’s main selection issue concerns manager Marco Silva, who is wanted by Everton. If the former Hull boss swaps Vicarage Road for Goodison Park Watford could be in disarray when they come north. Brazilian creator Richarlison may also have his head turned as he draws interest from elsewhere.

Watford’s injury list is still lengthy but they put that to one side to beat The Hammers.

Missing Isaac Hayden through suspension, Newcastle will hope to have Jamaal Lascelles back after he missed the weekend’s hammering at Old Trafford and will hope the injury prone Dwight Gayle has no reaction to his recent exertions.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliott has come in for some criticism from the fans recently but is likely to keep his place.

Newcastle United v Watford Preview and Predictions

Newcastle are 11/9 to win with Watford 47/17 for victory and the odds on a draw 12/5. The clubs haven’t drawn in the five games played in the last 10 years.

After a good run Newcastle are now in the bottom half after losing their last three games and another failure against Watford would have worries on Tyneside growing. Breaking his natural habits of playing one up front, Rafa Benitez has gone with a two-pronged attack in the last two games but as that ploy has failed it will be a major surprise if he doesn’t revert to one man up front at the weekend. A low scoring game is more likely as the home side look to keep things tighter.

Newcastle have failed to score in five of their 12 games so far with Dwight Gayle’s first ever Premier League goal last weekend being their only strike in their last three matches.

Newcastle’s home record is the same as Watford’s away record with three wins, one draw and two defeats. The Hornets have looked much more likely to score away then The Magpies have at home though, Watford having scored 12 goals in their six away games compared to Newcastle’s seven from their six home matches.

Recommended Bets

Dwight Gayle to score first at 5/1

Fit again Gale scored first at Manchester United last week and in front of his own fans last season’s Magpie top scorer is a good bet to be first off the mark.

Daryl Janmaat to score first at 35/1

Always a risk to back a full back to score first but Janmaat is good going forward and away to his old club with a point to prove is worth a punt at these odds.