Newcastle United v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Newcastle United v Watford

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Saturday, August 31, 2019


St Jame’s Park

Punter's Pick

Newcastle look generously priced to pick up all three points at 6/4 with Bet365 and should be seriously considered at this price against their out of form opponents. Neither team is particularly dazzling going forward at present, so 2.5 goals and under at ⅘, again with Bet365 should also be looked at.

Newcastle United play host to struggling Watford, with the visitors still pointless this season and their manager already facing the possibility of being the first managerial casualty of the new campaign.

Gracia feeling the heat already

A disastrous run of defeats stretching back to last season had seen the Hornets slip to seven successive losses, a run only halted by a midweek Carabao Cup victory against Coventry City. Prior to that the latest defeat was a grim 3-1 reversal at home to London rivals West Ham United last weekend, meaning the Hornets had endured a run of just two goals scored and 22 goals conceded before a win against lower league opposition at least halted their dreadful recent record.

Another defeat against Newcastle United will ramp up the pressure further on manager Javi Gracia, who although on the surface seems quite calm with the current situation, must privately be fretting over his future given Watford have not been adverse to changing managers on a regular basis since returning to the Premier League.

Newcastle off the mark in spectacular style

Watford’s opponents on Saturday have endured a difficult start themselves, with the upheaval of Rafa Benitez departing in the summer, being replaced by a manager under pressure before he even started the season in the shape of Steve Bruce. Back to back defeats against Arsenal at home and Norwich City away only served to increase anxiety amongst fans. However a classic smash and grab win against Champions League finalist Tottenham last weekend got them off the mark for the season, with the added bonus of record signing Joelinton scoring his first goal for the club.

Manager Steve Bruce will be hoping that the win will serve as a springboard to kickstart the season and to pick up their first home win of the campaign against lowly Watford, especially with a tough trip to Anfield to come in their next game immediately after the break for international fixtures.

Team News

The hosts look set to be without long term injury casualties Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejuene. They could be joined on the sidelines by Allan Saint-Maximin, the French winger limped off with a hamstring problem in the first half of their win against Tottenham.

Last Sunday’s match winner Joelinton came off during the second half in the midweek penalty shootout loss against Leicester City, but is expected to be passed fit to start. Fullback Emil Krafth also came off in midweek and is a doubt.

Watford will continue to be without influential captain Troy Deeney. The forward and captain has undergone knee surgery that will rule him out for several weeks, although his replacement last week Andre Gray did at least find the net in a rare recent Watford goal. Record signing Ismaila Sarr started and scored in the midweek win against Coventry City, and should be in line to make his first Premier League start.

Newcastle to grind down the Hornets?

In a strange way this match represents a more difficult challenge for the home side then it did against Tottenham, as they will be forced to come out and attack against a counter attacking side. However the form and confidence of Watford remains fragile, and their midweek win against a lower league team will do little to paper over the cracks increasingly showing. The hosts should fashion enough chances to help themselves to back to back wins and heap further pressure on the beleaguered Javi Gracia.

Punter's Pick

Newcastle look generously priced to pick up all three points at 6/4 with Bet365 and should be seriously considered at this price against their out of form opponents. Neither team is particularly dazzling going forward at present, so 2.5 goals and under at ⅘, again with Bet365 should also be looked at.

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