Watford vs Newcastle
Watford have now picked up their first win of this Premier League season, much to the relief of the Watford fans. The Hornets beat Swansea 1-0 in their 5th game of the season thanks to a cool finish from Odion Ighalo but it ended up being a tense affair following the sending off of Valon Behrami in the 63rd minute.
This means that Watford have won 1, drawn 3 and lost 1 in their first 5 games of the season, with the loss coming at the hands of Manchester City. The Hornet’s defensive record is also very impressive having picked up 3 clean sheets in their first 5 games.
Watford currently sit 13th in the table coming into their clash with Newcastle United, with 6 points from 5 games
I think it’s fair to say Newcastle haven’t had the start they were hoping for this season. The Magpies are yet to pick up their first win of the season having lost 3 and drawn 2 of their first 5 games.
John Roder has already described this clash as a “must-win match for Newcastle,” so undoubtedly there will be some pressure on the players at St James’ Park.
As a result of their poor start Newcastle United currently sit at the bottom of the table with 2 points from their first 5 games.
Watford’s missed player will certainly be Valon Behrami who is suspended for this match following the sending off against Swansea City. The Swiss midfielder has impressed early on at Vicarage Road due to his great work defensively.
Etienne Capoue and Valon Behrami have both started in the centre of midfield for all of Watford’s first 5 games but this partnership will now have to split up and this may play into the hands of Newcastle United.
Newcastle may miss their striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who is also suspended. Their new signing is yet to make an impact at St James’ Park following his £13 million move to the club. However this has not been helped by his poor disciplinary record, which has led to him not being able to play in a run of games.
Mitrovic is yet to get off the mark for Newcastle, which may be part of the reason the Magpies have struggled to find the net, only scoring twice and failing to score in their last 4 games. However in fairness Watford’s scoring record isn’t much better with 3 goals in 5 games.
I believe for Watford their key man will be Etienne Capoue who will have to do a job in that centre of midfield especially given that he will be playing alongside a new partner. Capoue has played the creative midfielder role so far and in doing so has displaying some very good passing. In my opinion Capoue will need to create from the midfield in order to give the Hornets the chance to threaten in Newcastle’s half.
The partnership of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney will also be a deciding factor of the game as those two will need to continue on from their strong performance against Swansea City.
For Newcastle’s key player I have again gone for a central midfielder in Jack Colback. The midfielder has been impressive from what I have seen so far and has an incredible 90% pass accuracy this season. He has started in all of Newcastle’s first 5 games and could be the key at St James’ Park this saturday in my opinion.
A close second would go to Georginio Wijnaldum , Newcastle’s £14.5 million signing. The player has shown positive signs that he could be an attacking threat, through creating some chances and scoring once for the Magpies.
I predict a very tight game as it is difficult to know who could come out of this game the winner. This is a match where I feel a draw, a Newcastle win and a Watford win are all equally likely, which is quite an unusual event. If Newcastle don’t score in the first half I think the Hornets will come out on top. As time ticks on without a goal the Magpies will be under more and more pressure and when the crowd are on your backs it is much harder for the home side.
All things considered I am going to predict a 1-0 Watford win but as I say the game could go one of many ways and so I wouldn’t bank on this one.