Football

Watford vs. Newcastle United

sportsmole: Buoyed by a much-needed win last time out, Watford will be looking to climb clear of the Premier League relegation zone when they host Newcastle United on Saturday lunchtime.

The Hornets beat bottom side Norwich City in midweek and are four points above the drop, while Newcastle – thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City – are jostling for position in mid-table.

Nigel Pearson praised the “strength” of his Watford side to dig deep against doomed Norwich and pick up all three points in a vital 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.

That win, which came courtesy of Danny Welbeck’s spectacular overhead kick, ended the Hornets’ six-game wait for a victory in the Premier League.

After beating Liverpool 3-0 at the end of February to claim one of the shock results of this or any other top-flight campaign, Watford accrued one point from the next 15 available.

It was a run that left Pearson’s men at serious risk of dropping into the Championship, but the win over Norwich gives them a healthy four-point buffer on the two sides below them.

However, Aston Villa and Bournemouth do still have a game in hand to play on Thursday, against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Watford still have work to do if they are to stay afloat, and with Manchester City and Arsenal to face in their last two games they could do with a victory on Saturday.

There is perhaps no kinder fixture for Watford than the visit of Newcastle, either, with United stuck in mid-table and possibly already thinking of their shortened summer break.

Steve Bruce’s men won three games in a row either side of the coronavirus-enforced hiatus to ensure that relegation would not be a concern for them this season.

Results since then have been largely mixed, with a 4-1 away win at Bournemouth coming a week before a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Man City, summing up their inconsistent nature.

United were truly dreadful at the Etihad Stadium and could have lost by even more in the end, the Magpies struggling to adapt to a five-at-the-back system.

Bruce was without Allan Saint-Maximin, in fairness, while Jamaal Lascelles, Andy Carroll and Isaac Hayden were also absent from the matchday squad due to injury.

Still, there can be no excuse for the type of display produced by the Toon and they have to quickly pick themselves up for this trip to Hertfordshire.

Source: Published by sportsmole

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KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
1 month ago

Tough match

Nice eze ngozi blessings
Nice eze ngozi blessings
1 month ago

Nice one

Kelvin Ijeh
Kelvin Ijeh
1 month ago

It is going to be a tough match

Samuel Naasor
Samuel Naasor
1 month ago

I tink it’s going to be a draw match

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

very important match

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

I see Watford winning

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
1 month ago

Newcastle need to work hard

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

Interesting match Newcastle will win or draw

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

This match will be tough

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

Sure win for Watford

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

A match to see

Thompson Timothy
Thompson Timothy
1 month ago

Good match

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

Need to come out and win

Pablochidiebere
Pablochidiebere
1 month ago

Win for Newcastle

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Tight game

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

Must watch

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

It will be draw

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
1 month ago

Newcastle to win 3-1

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Nice update

Samuel aniedi
Samuel aniedi
1 month ago

Nice

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
1 month ago

Its gonna be a tight match

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Am seeing draws

Ogbeche peter
Ogbeche peter
1 month ago

Newcastle win

victor okonkwo
victor okonkwo
1 month ago

Watford striaght winning

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

A must win for watford

Onusiriuka Ezichi
Onusiriuka Ezichi
1 month ago

Tight game o

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Watford will win

Amarachi
Amarachi
1 month ago

Nice update

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Newcastle wins

Mohammed Nma madiwu
Mohammed Nma madiwu
1 month ago

Fantastic

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Newcastle united is going to win

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
1 month ago

They will play draw

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
1 month ago

Watford will win no dought

Isaac Akusuk
Isaac Akusuk
1 month ago

This match will not be in watfords favor

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
1 month ago

Nice one

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
1 month ago

The match might end in a win by Watford or draw

Nwakanma Florence Ogechi
Nwakanma Florence Ogechi
1 month ago

Tight game

Esther areo
Esther areo
1 month ago

Nice match

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

Newcastle will win

Sanusi Maryam
Sanusi Maryam
1 month ago

Good luck

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

It will be a tough game but it will end in a draw

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

Interesting

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

A must watch

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
1 month ago

Interesting

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
1 month ago

True fact

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
1 month ago

I bet it’s going to be a very tough match.

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

Watford will come out victorious

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Tough match.

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
1 month ago

I bet it’s going to be a very tough encounter.

Usaini Stephen
Usaini Stephen
1 month ago

Good