Watford vs Newcastle United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11 July 2020
Kick-off at 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Vicarage Road.
The Hornets are the last safe team at the moment, and they do have a buffer of four points over the cut-off. However, the two teams below them have a game apiece in hand, and Nigel Pearson’s men should aim for nothing but a victory this weekend.
It helps that they have a good h2h record against the Magpies, and especially so at this venue. Moreover, Steve Bruce’s men are low in confidence after the 5-0 thrashing they had at the hands of Manchester City this Wednesday.
This defeat has also practically ruled out the team from contention for the European spots. As such, expect Watford to have the upper hand this Saturday. Count on them to do their best to ensure their safety.
Watford vs Newcastle: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Magpies had failed to keep clean sheets in nine of the past ten encounters.
- They had recorded six of the preceding seven overall wins.
- Since 2006, they have lost just one PL fixture against this rival.
- Since 1990, not once have they failed to score at home.
- They had also won three of the former four clashes at this venue.
Watford vs Newcastle: Prediction
The Hornets recorded a 2-1 win at home the last match-day, against Norwich. The hosts took full advantage of the fact that they were pitted against the weakest team of the lot, and secured a much-needed three points.
Meanwhile, Bruce’s men lost 5-0 on the road the past game week, against former champions Manchester City. On top of conceding these many goals, they also had to face the humiliation of being forced to slot one goal into their own nets.
As things stand, Pearson’s men have the upper hand. They are fighting for their survival, and had secured an important win the last match-day. On the other hand, the European dream looks over for their counterparts, and they might not have enough motivation left to play hard.
Moreover, they have always come short against this opponent over the years. Especially at this venue, the hosts have been the stronger team in h2h games. In fact, the Hornets won three of the preceding four h2h games at this venue, and the last they lost such a fixture here was back in 2010.
The defeat before that had come long back in 1990. Furthermore, the Magpies have a 100% winless record in PL games at this stadium, and they have not kept a clean sheet here in the last three decades. And finally, Bruce’s men have a total of just five league wins this whole season on the road.
Taking into account these stats, expect Watford to deliver the better performance at the Vicarage Road.
Watford vs Newcastle: Betting Tips
Watford to Win @ 1.83 (5/6)
To Score in First Half @ 1.83 (5/6).