Match Day 4
Newcastle United vs. Watford
Saturday, August 31st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. James' Park
Last five matches form: L W L L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.11
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Fabian Schär (4)
Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.55
Top Scorer (18/19): Gerard Deulofeu (10)
It's a battle of the bottom two at St. James' Park this coming weekend as Newcastle United - fresh from that stunning success at Spurs - welcome Javi Gracia's Watford - who are without a point from their opening three games.
Newcastle just shaded this fixture in the league last season, winning this game 1-0 and picking up a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road. Watford did win 2-0 here in the FA Cup though.
What to make of Newcastle United? Fairly abject in defeat to Arsenal, and awful when losing to Norwich, they then consented to put in a truly heroic display of guts and determination to come away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with all three points. It was backs to the wall stuff in London, and the question here will be if they can achieve similar success when having to push the pace themselves.
Watford started last season in flying form, but that seems a long time ago now, with three defeats in their opening three games this term. The fact they have conceded three times in two of those games must be particularly concerning to Gracia.
Watford's best display came in their one away game to date, when only going down narrowly. They will likely set up to make themselves tough to break down here.
This may not be a thriller and a low scoring draw wouldn't surprise. If Newcastle are able to defend as well as they did last weekend though, they may just edge it.
Prediction: Newcastle United 1 - 0 Watford
Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 13 - 13
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 49% - 51%
Isaac Hayden and Paul Dummett were booked for the home side, with referee Graham Scott also taking the names of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Craig Dawson and Craig Cathcart of Watford.
One of the most even games of the day on the stats came at St. James Park. With little to nothing to separate these two in terms of possession and efforts on goal it wasn't too surprising to see the game end in a draw. Both sides did have their chances to win it, but neither can really have too many complaints about only coming away with a point.
It was a dream start for Watford who took the lead in just the second minute - in fairly fortuitous circumstances. Tom Cleverley's effort from range taking not one but two deflections before running perfectly into the path of Will Hughes in the right of the area. Simple finish from Hughes into the bottom left from around seven yards out on the right.
Newcastle really ought to have equalised almost immediately when Christian Atsu picked out Miguel Almiron all alone seven yards from goal. Terrible first touch from the Paraguayan though and Ben Foster mopped up.
The home side did get themselves back on level terms four minutes before the break. Emil Krafth playing the ball in from the left and it being nodded down to Fabian Schär around eight yards out and to the left. The centre-back firing into the bottom left. Foster getting a hand to it but unable to keep it out. 1-1 at the break.
Martin Dubravka was probably the busier of the two keepers in the second half, with a rasping drive from range from Isaac Hayden being about as close as the home side came. 1-1 it finished.