Newcastle United host Watford on Saturday in a massive six-point affair. The Magpies are two points behind Watford in the race for Premier League survival. Eddie Howe’s side has been terrible, yet are still within reach of Premier League survival.

Watford have somehow kept their noses just above water in terms of relegation. The Hornets are 17th in the standings with 13 points from 18 matches. Claudio Ranieri’s team has not won a Premier League game since November 20th when they defeated Manchester United at home.

Both Premier League clubs are coming off of FA Cup third round losses. Newcastle United lost to lower league side Cambridge United 1-0, while Watford fell 4-1 to Leicester City. In the case of Newcastle United, the loss was humiliating as they were expected to topple a lower-league team.

The money power at Newcastle United hasn’t helped as yet. Newcastle United are in the hunt for new players, but the quality of players may not be what is needed to get the team away from relegation.

Newcastle United vs Watford Betting Odds

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Watford are at the bottom of the Premier League’s form table. The Hornets took zero points from the last 18 points available in the Premier League. Ranieri’s team scored just six goals and conceded 16 times across their last six matches in the league. Watford do have two games in hand; however, they must cash those games in as wins to improve their chances of survival.

Bookies’ best betting odds on a Watford win at full-time are at 13/5. Watford have lost three straight away matches in the league. Just six points from 24 points have been taken by Watford on their travels in 2021-22.

Newcastle United’s best betting odds on a win at full-time at home versus Watford are at 27/25. The Magpies took five points from the last 18 points available in the league. They were –9 in goal difference across those six games with 13 goals against and four goals for.

Howe’s team is undefeated in four of their last five home games in the Premier League. These teams drew 1-1 earlier this season at Vicarage Road. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 27/10.

Newcastle United vs Watford Team News

Howe come be without up to seven players for the fixture on Saturday at St. James’ Park. Isaac Hayden is ruled out of action following surgery on his knee. Callum Wilson is ruled out until March with a calf injury. Wilson is a big miss for Howe. He leads the team in goals with six in the league. 

Defenders Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis are both ruled out of the match with thigh injuries. Defender Javier Manquillo is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Goalie Karl Darlow is a major doubt. Defender Ciaran Clark could miss out too.

Ranieri’s squad is stretched with up to 11 players potentially missing the game. Imran Louza, Adam Masina, and William Troost-Ekong are at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Emmanuel Dennis is nearing full fitness and is likely to play on Saturday. Kiko Femenia could also make the team.

Watford’s Nicolas Nkoulou, Peter Etebo, Ismaila Sarr, Ben Foster, and Kwadwo Baah are all ruled out through injury. Midfielder Christian Kabasele is a major doubt due to a calf injury.

Newcastle United vs Watford H2H

Watford are undefeated in five straight games against Newcastle United. The Hornets’ last trip to St. James’ Park finished 1-1. Three of the last five matches between these teams finished 1-1. Earlier this season, Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff put the team into the lead in the 23rd minute. Watford’s Ismaila Sarr levelled the score in the 72nd minute to give the Hornets a share of the spoils.

Five of the last six matches in all competitions between these teams finished with under 2.5 goals. Six of the last nine matches in all competitions between Newcastle United and Watford finished with both teams scoring goals. Watford have posted an away record of 2W-0D-7L on the road this season in all competitions. Newcastle United’s home record is 1W-6D-5L.

Newcastle United vs Watford Prediction

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Without Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin becomes Newcastle United’s main goal threat. The Frenchman has four goals in 19 league games this season. He played all 90 minutes in Newcastle United’s loss to Cambridge United last weekend after overcoming a calf injury. Newcastle United need Saint-Maximin to be at his best against Watford for the team to get points. Our betting tips prediction is for the Frenchman to be rampant at the start at the score first.

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Five of the last six matches between Newcastle United and Watford finished with under 2.5 goals scored. These teams have not set the league on fire in the final third and our betting tips prediction is for a low-scoring game. Watford average 1.19 goals per match in all competitions. Newcastle United average 0.90 goals scored per game in all competitions. Our betting tips prediction is for fewer than 2.5 goals.

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Three of the last five matches between these teams finished with a 1-1 scoreline. Earlier this season, Sean Longstaff’s first half goal was cancelled out by Ismaila Sarr’s second half strike as the game ended 1-1. Our betting tips prediction is for another draw between these relegation fighters.

Newcastle United have had six matches from 21 in all competitions finished 1-1. Watford have had just one game in all competitions finish 1-1. That fixture that fixture that ended 1-1 was against Newcastle United. Our betting tips prediction believes a 1-1 draw could occur for a second time this season between Newcastle United and Watford.

A draw doesn’t hurt either side and could help both in the long run. Still, a win would be better for the Magpies, but they have just one win at home in 12 matches in all competitions at St. James’ Park.