Tip Newcastle - Watford
Prediction published on January 13, 2022 at 2:55 AM - Modified on January 13, 2022 at 3:55 AM
Newcastle entertains fellow strugglers Watford at St James Park in this Matchday 20 encounter in the Premiership. The hosts are in 19th position with 11 points while the visitors are in 17th position with 13 points. Newcastle’s wretched season hit a new low when they lost to League One team Cambridge in the last match. They will be hoping that the FA Cup exit will allow them to focus solely on surviving the drop. Newcastle will be encouraged by their last league showing when they held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw. A win in this match will see them move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. This match is already being billed as a potential relegation battle with the loser most likely to face the chop this season. Newcastle have won just one of their last ten league matches against Watford with that win coming in November 2018.
Watford are precariously placed just two points above the relegation zone and a loss in this match will see them enter the dreaded drop zone. Thye have lost their last seven matches across all competitions with their last win coming in November when they beat Manchester United 4-1. They have just two wins in their last 18 matches. Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 28 league matches a run that dates back to February 2020. They have won on two of their last four visits to St James Park and this is the same number of wins they had in their previous 14 visits.
Key points Newcastle - Watford
Three of Newcastle’s last eight matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Newcastle have kept one clean sheet in their 21 matches this season.
They have only won once at home in their last 12 matches.
Watford have conceded 20 goals in their last seven matches at an average of 2.9 goals a game.
Watford have not had a drawn match away from home in the league this season.
Conclusion Newcastle - Watford
Both teams will be desperate to avoid defeat in this relegation battle. Watford are in the better position with a game in hand and two points above Newcastle. This match should be very cagey with goals hard to come by. We are backing Newcastle to win or draw this match with under 2.5 goals being scored.
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