Kick-off: 1500, 29/12/2018
Stadium: Vicarage Road
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What Trueform says for Watford vs Newcastle
Watford again played well in defeat against Chelsea and should have the edge over Newcastle on current Premier League form, according to our Trueform ratings.
The Magpies were put to the sword by Liverpool at Anfield last time, having previously played out a drab draw against Fulham on Tyneside.
We reckon the Hornets have far more to offer here and 83/100 for a home win is our opening Watford vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
After accounting for Cardiff and West Ham, Watford were denied a hat-trick of victories by the magic of Eden Hazard at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.
Roberto Pereyra volleyed the Hornets level in first-half injury time, but Hazard struck his second goal from the penalty spot to sink the hosts.
Javi Gracia suggested his team were unfortunate not to be awarded a spot-kick themselves when Gerard Deulofeu went down following a tangle with David Luiz at 1-1.
He also said: “We know it’s difficult playing against Chelsea, because they are a very good team, but I think we’ve tried.
“I’m proud of the effort of my players and we try to do better and get a better result in the next game.”
Deulofeu had netted in the two earlier victories and always seems dangerous when in possession at the moment.
Looking at the Watford vs Newcastle odds, the 24-year-old former Barcelona winger is worth backing at 2/1 to score at anytime here.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Kabasele, Sema, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Rafael Benitez felt Newcastle acquitted themselves well against his former club Liverpool, but still ended up on the wrong side of a 4-0 hammering.
“We started well,” insisted the Spaniard. “In the first minutes, we had our chance. We didn’t take our chance, we made a mistake and gave them hope and belief.
“We were in the game against a very good team, we had some moments when we were pushing, but we went in at half-time 1-0.
“Second half, a soft penalty changed everything and now I have to explain why we conceded four goals.”
Turning out again just three days after being given the run-around on Merseyside will be tough on the Magpies.
We fear they may fade as the game goes on again, so 15/4 for a draw at half-time and then the Hornets to prevail completes our Watford vs Newcastle betting tips.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Dummett, Lascelles, Fernandez, Yedlin, Diame, Ritchie, Hayden, Kenedy, Muto, Joselu.
WATFORD 1-2 Chelsea – Roberto Pereyra
Liverpool 4-0 NEWCASTLE
Head-to-head: Newcastle 1-0 Watford, Watford 2-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-3 Watford
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