Preview - Newcastle United vs Watford 03 November 18

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Match Day 11
Newcastle United vs. Watford
Saturday, November 3rd 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: D L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.60
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Joselu (2)

Last five matches form: D L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Roberto Pereyra (5)

It has been a truly abysmal start to the season for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side. So bad, that they are one of only two sides in the division without a win in their opening ten games. Their next chance to get that elusive first three points of the season on the board comes at home this weekend as Javi Gracia's Watford come to town.

Watford have been one of the big surprises of the season to date. Starting in flying form, they then suffered something of a mini slump but have since bounced back with wins over Wolves and Huddersfield in their two most recent games.

Watford did the double over Newcastle last season, winning 2-1 at Vicarage Road and thumping the Magpies 3-0 in this fixture.

Florian Lejeune and Jamie Sterry are on the injured list for the home side, with Tom Cleverly, Sebastian Prodl and Daryl Janmaat missing out for Watford.

Newcastle did pick up a point on the road last weekend at Southampton to stop the rot a little, and were unlucky to lose against Brighton in their most recent home game. The facts remain though that have lost all five of their home games so far this season, have failed to score in four of their past five matches and look a side in dire straits. On what we have seen this season, Watford must be pretty heavily favoured to take the points.

Prediction: Newcastle United 0 - 2 Watford


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  9 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 9
Possession: 43% - 57%

Etienne Capoue, Will Hughes, Stefano Okaka, Jose Holebas and Andre Gray were all booked for Watford in this one with referee Craig Pawson also taking the name of Fabian Schar of Newcastle United.

A closely fought encounter at St James' Park. Watford were the better side before the break, but Newcastle shaded it after the interval with substitutes Ayoze Perez, Ki Sueng-yueng and Fabian Schar all having a positive impact on the game.

What chances there were in the opening period fell to the visitors, but a combination of wayward finishing and a couple of decent stops from Martin Dubravka saw us head into the break locked at 0-0.

Watford carried on where they left off in the second half with Roberto Pereyra striking the bar four minutes after the break. Newcastle slowly began to gain a foothold in the game after that though.

The only goal of the game came in the 65th minute. Ki sending in a wicked delivery from a free kick on the left corner of the eighteen-yard box which was met by Ayoze Perez to bullet an excellent flicked header past the motionless Ben Foster. Perez has been a little unfairly been the subject of some stick from the fans of late but went some way to winning his way back into their affection s here.

It was backs against the wall stuff from the Magpies in the closing stages, with Stefano Okaka guilty of missing a golden opportunity to equalise when blazing over from around six yards. 1-0 final score.

A simply huge win for Newcastle United this one as they pick up three points for the first time this season at the eleventh time of asking. With Cardiff losing at home to Leicester City the Magpies move out of the bottom three. Watford drop down to eighth.

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