Sunday, January 16, 2022

Bitesize Prediction: Newcastle vs Watford – 15/01/22

Competition: Premier League

Market: Over 1.5 goals

Odds: 4/11 @ 888sport

In what is a real relegation six-pointer this weekend, Newcastle will welcome Watford to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon for what could be a nervy affair.

Starting with the hosts, crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of League One outfit Cambridge last weekend, there is no doubt that Newcastle find themselves in the midst of a nightmare. While Eddie Howe’s side might have managed to bring a couple of new arrivals through the door at St. James’ Park, the Magpies are still battling it out in the drop zone. Coming under more scrutiny for their woeful display on home soil last time out, the former Bournemouth boss has failed to hand his new squad much of a boost. Despite grabbing a point against Manchester United when signing off 2021, Newcastle are in the midst of a five-match winless run across all formats. Likewise, it should also be noted that Saturday’s hosts have recorded just a single Premier League victory so far this season.

As for the visitors, also crashing out of the FA Cup last weekend thanks to a 4-1 drumming away at Leicester, Watford are another side who find themselves in the midst of an extended struggle. With growing pressure on Claudio Ranieri’s position, the Hornets hold just a two-point buffer from slipping into the drop zone. Continuing to gain a reputation for their rather glaring issues at the back, the Londoners have lost each of their last seven matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to November 20th. With their nightmare run stemming all the way back to their stunning 4-1 win against Manchester United, don’t be surprised to see what could be a nervy affair this weekend. With seven of Watford’s last eight contests finishing with over 2.5 goals, we’re backing a similar outcome here.

Bet: Over 1.5 goals at Newcastle vs Watford 4/11 for Saturday’s Premier League contest @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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