Newcastle vs Watford: match preview

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Newcastle v Watford

Match Details

  • Saturday 3pm
  • Venue St James’ Park
  • Last season Newcastle 1 Watford 0
  • Referee Graham Scott

Newcastle host Watford this saturday in what could already be a “6 pointer” only a few games in to the season. The magpies are coming off a good win in the league away to spurs and a cup knockout with injury woes against Leicester.

Matt Ritchie will miss the game for Newcastle after suffering ankle ligament damage in the midweek defeat to Leicester in the Carabao Cup and he could be sidelined for around eight weeks. Allan Saint-Maximin is also set to be out for up to five weeks after aggravating a hamstring injury at Tottenham last Sunday.

Allan Saint-Maximin will face a spell on the sidelines for Newcastle

Steve Bruce also has doubts over wing-backs Emil Krafth and Jetro Willems, as well as Miguel Almiron, but fellow striker Joelinton is expected to be fit. Florian Lejeune (knee), Dwight Gayle (hamstring) and Andy Carroll (ankle) are out.

Watford are coming from three losses in three games. Watford head coach Gracia will bring back a whole host of players after they were rested in midweek, including Andre Gray who opened his account for the season against West Ham United.

With Troy Deeney out of contention with a knee injury and the recent poor results, Gracia could change formation in order to accommodate Sarr being used in a wide position of a three rather than as an out-and-out midfielder.

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Previously Watford took the spoils (highlights below), but are coming into this game as the underdogs with the bookies backing Newcastle as the favourites, but if the match is too close to call maybe you’d prefer to chance your luck at which you can play now or head on over to check the other casino sites at .

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  • Newcastle avoided defeat in both Premier League meetings with Watford in 2018-19 (W1 D1 L0), after losing all four matches in the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons.
  • Watford have lost their last six Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 3-16, their joint-longest losing run in the top-flight (also May 2017). The Hornets last lost seven consecutive league games back in February 1973, in the third tier (9 games).
  • Newcastle have lost three of their last four Premier League games at St James’ Park (W1), after winning the previous five in a row on home soil.
  • Watford have lost their first three Premier League games this season; only in 1933-34 and 1934-35 have they lost their opening four league fixtures of a season (both in Division Three South).
  • Watford won their first four Premier League games last season. Only one team in English top-flight history has won their first four league games one season and lost their first four the next – Stoke City in 1905-06 (finished 10th) and 1906-07 (finished 20th and relegated).
  • This will be Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s first Premier League meeting with Watford. He lost his last match against them in all competitions, going down 0-1 at home with Hull in April 2013 in the Championship.
  • Watford’s Andre Gray has scored in both of his Premier League starts against Newcastle, with the Hornets winning both such games (November 2017 and May 2018).

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