Kick-off: 1500, 31/08/2019
Stadium: St James’ Park
Newcastle kick-started their Premier League campaign with a shock win at Tottenham last weekend and now get the nod to see off struggling Watford.
The Hornets enjoyed a confidence-boosting EFL Cup triumph over Coventry on Tuesday but are yet to pick up a point from three top-flight fixtures.
That could lead to a nervous display at St James’ Park and 3/2 for the Magpies to take advantage is our initial Newcastle vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
After opening up with losses to Arsenal and Norwich, the sceptics were quick to suggest that Newcastle were doomed to a tough time under Steve Bruce.
However, Joelinton’s 27th-minute strike put them ahead against Spurs and a determined defensive display did the rest.
Bruce said: “If we can get to six points, that will be a wonderful start for us. That’s been my aim.
“The players, since I walked through the door – apart from a horrible performance at Norwich – have tuned into what we’re trying to do.
“Defensively, we look rock-solid. We have got to still improve offensively with the ball, but hopefully that will come.”
Wednesday’s EFL Cup loss to Leicester on penalties was frustrating, but several key players will be back here.
United won 1-0 in this corresponding fixture last November and 7/1 for a repeat of that result stands out from the Newcastle vs Watford odds.
Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Krafth, Ritchie, Hayden, Almiron, Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford enjoyed a welcome reprieve from their league woes when cruising to a 3-0 triumph over Coventry, with Ismaila Sarr, Darryl Janmaat and Adalberto Penaranda on target.
Javi Gracia made 11 changes for that Vicarage Road contest, but said: “It was good for our confidence, the confidence of all of our players.
“We need something like this, getting a good result to change a little bit the dynamic and feeling better in all the competitions.”
Sarr marked his first start since a £25million deadline-day move from Rennes with a 37th-minute opener, but both he and Danny Welbeck may still need more time to sharpen up.
In top-flight fixtures, the Hornets have lost to Brighton, Everton and West Ham, netting only once in the process.
We think 3/1 for them to taste defeat without scoring again is worth adding to our Newcastle vs Watford betting tips.
Last Watford EPL line-up: Foster, Dawson, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Cleverley, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Gray.
NEWCASTLE 1-1 Leicester (2-4 on pens) – Yoshinori Muto
WATFORD 3-0 Coventry – Ismaila Sarr, Darryl Janmaat, Adalberto Penaranda
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-2 Watford, Watford 1-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-0 Watford, Watford 2-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-3 Watford
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