Watford vs Newcastle
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium (Watford).
Watford offered a strong resistance to Chelsea in the last fixture of the Premier League Boxing Day schedule, but they left the pitch empty-handed losing 1-2 after Eden Hazard’s brace for the Blues. The Belgian superstar broke the deadlock in the first half stoppage-time, but only for Ricardo Pereyra to level it up just two minutes later. Nevertheless, Hazard made no mistake from the spot to set the final score before the hour-mark.
Chelsea thus ended Hornets’ two-game winning streak. The hosts fell to 9th in the Premier League ladder, but will have a nice opportunity to return to winning ways on Saturday when bottom-half Newcastle United come to visit Vicarage Road.
Watford vs Newcastle: Head-to-head
A victory for Watford would them level with Newcastle on number of wins in their H2H record.
The Hornets were on a five-game winning thread against the Magpies before falling 1-0 in this term’s visit to St. James’ Park in November.
Watford won 5, drew 4 and lost only 2 of 11 home matches against the Magpies.
Watford vs Newcastle: Prediction
Javi Gracia has reasons to be optimistic about Saturday’s affair. His men scored goals regularly in recent weeks. Watford bagged eight in last four league matches and they should be able to maintain the two-goals-per-game record here against Newcastle.
The visitors lack such attacking potential as the 14-goal tally sees them boast the second weakest attacking record in the league. Only Huddersfield Town have scored fewer so far (12). Newcastle ruined the generally fine defensive form by conceding four goals in a dreadful performance against runaway leaders Liverpool at Anfield.
Newcastle scored just seven goals in nine away matches this season. We see this tie as a perfect opportunity for Watford to return to winning ways and we’ll go for the home win bet at the odds of 1.85.
Watford vs Newcastle: Bet Tips
Watford to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
Watford Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.83 (5/6).