Newcastle vs Watford Preview & Prediction
When is Newcastle vs Watford taking place? Newcastle vs Watford will take place on Saturday 15th January, 2022 at 15:00 (UK)
Where is Newcastle vs Watford taking place? Newcastle vs Watford will take place at St. James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne
Where can I get tickets for Newcastle vs Watford? Ticket information for Newcastle vs Watford can be found on each club’s official website
What TV channel is Newcastle vs Watford on in the UK? Newcastle vs Watford will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Newcastle vs Watford in the UK? Newcastle vs Watford cannot be streamed live in the UK
- Despite the presence of new star signing Kieran Trippier, Newcastle season slumped to a new low last weekend after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Cambridge at St. James’ Park and a reaction is simply a must in this crucial relegation six-pointer.
- Manager Eddie Howe has bolstered his attacking options with the signing of Burnley striker Chris Wood who may go straight into the starting line-up for this one should be passed fully fit, when taking into account the injury to forward Callum Wilson
- Following a horrendous run of seven consecutive defeats in all competitions, this feels like a defining match in Watford’s season away to a Newcastle side who would go above the Hornets should the visitors lose again.
- Claudio Ranieri is without several players due to a combination of injuries and international duty however, he could be handed a huge boost by the presence of both goalkeeper Ben Foster and striker Emmanuel Dennis in the starting line-up should the two pass late fitness tests.
THE TEAM NEWS
PREDICTED XI (3-5-2): Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Schar; Trippier, Willock, Shelvey, Joelinton, Fraser; Wood, Saint-Maximin
UNAVAILABLE: Fernandez (Injured), Hayden (Injured), Lewis (Injured), Manquillo (Suspended), Dummett (Injured), Wilson (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Dubravka (Injured), Clark (Fitness), Darlow (Fitness), Wood (Fitness)
PREDICTED XI (4-4-2): Foster; Cathcart, Kabasele, Sierralta, Kamara; Kucka, Cleverley, Sissoko, Sema; King, Dennis
UNAVAILABLE: Baah (Injured), Etebo (Injured), Louza (International duty), Masina (International duty), Nkoulou (Injured), Sarr (Injured), Troost-Ekong (International duty)
QUESTIONABLE: Dennis (Fitness), Foster (Fitness), Kabasele (Fitness), Kiko Femenia (Injured)
Without question the biggest fixture of the season so far for each of these two sides, neither can afford to lose a match that could be looked at as relegation defining come May. After exiting the FA Cup in such humiliating fashion last weekend, it would be a surprise if we didn’t see a vastly improved Newcastle performance, similar to the showing which saw them pick up a point against Man Utd. Home advantage in a match like this is also a massive boost for the Magpies with the Geordie crowd playing a big part in driving their side on against the Red Devils. When taking into account the vast number of absentees within the Watford squad, it’s difficult to see the Hornets arresting their terrible recent form, especially at the back with them having shipped 14 goals across their last five in all competitions. The last time Newcastle competed in a ‘relegation six-pointer’, they emerged triumphant against Burnley and with the presence of new signings Trippier and Wood alongside the home crowd, back them to overcome Watford, but do so via the draw no bet market.
Tip: NEWCASTLE DRAW NO BET