Watford vs Newcastle: Hornets can sting Magpies

Watford vs Newcastle: Hornets can sting Magpies

Kick-off: 1500, 25/09/2021

Stadium: Vicarage Road

Even at this early stage of the season, Watford’s clash with Newcastle has the makings of a relegation ‘six-pointer’.

With both of these sides earmarked as candidates for the drop, Steve Bruce will have to end a four-match winless run against the Hornets if he is to keep quiet the murmurs of discontent in the north east.

However, we think the Magpies will struggle once again and like the look of the home team to justify favouritism in this one at 7/5 as our first Watford vs Newcastle prediction.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

It felt like a long time between victories for Xisco Munoz’s side as three straight Premier League defeats followed their opening-day success over Aston Villa.

That all changed at the weekend, though, as they recorded a 3-1 victory away at Norwich and the Hornets can pull clear of the drop zone with another win here.

Last season’s 13-goal hero Ismaila Sarr bagged himself a brace at Carrow Road to take his tally to three for the season and the Senegalese star will be hoping to give the Vicarage Road faithful plenty more to cheer.

The 23-year-old is backed at 5/1 to grab the first goal in the Watford vs Newcastle odds and he can help the hosts to three points.

Last Watford EPL line-up: Foster, Rose, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Kiko, Cleverley, Sissoko, Kucka, King, Sarr, Dennis.

Full-back Kiko Femenia could be fit despite a niggling knock. Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is not expected to feature due to a knee injury and, while Joao Pedro has recovered from a similar issue, this game is set to come too soon for him.

A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds

The season is already looking like a long slog for survival for Newcastle and they are still without a victory this term.

Zero clean sheets and only two points to show from their opening five games makes grim reading for the supporters on Tyneside and the pressure continues to mount on under-fire Bruce.

One slight positive for the Magpies is that their away record is much better than the form shown at St James’ Park and Bruce will be hoping the journey south revives their fortunes.

Second-half capitulations have been the story of Newcastle’s season so far, with three of both Manchester United and West Ham’s four goals against them coming after the break.

They were also leading up until the final kick of the match when drawing 2-2 with Southampton on matchday three.

With the first 45 not so much the problem, we fancy the two sides to go in level at half-time and the last of our Watford vs Newcastle betting tips is available at 21/20.

Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Almiron, Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles (thigh) and key midfielder Joe Willock (toe) are ruled out. Striker Callum Wilson (thigh) also remains in the treatment room, as do keepers Martin Dubravka (foot) and Freddie Woodman (hip), defender Paul Dummett and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (both calf).

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Last EPL result:

Norwich 1-3 WATFORD – Emmanuel Dennis, Ismaila Sarr (2)

NEWCASTLE 1-1 Leeds – Allan Saint-Maximin

Head-to-head: Watford 2-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-1 Watford, Newcastle 0-2 Watford, Watford 1-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-0 Watford

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