Newcastle v Watford Match Info
Date: Saturday January 26th 2019
Kick-off time: 3.00pm GMT
Venue: St. James Park, Newcastle
Newcastle v Watford Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches
05 May 2018 – Watford 2-1 Newcastle United – Premier League
03 Nov 2018 – Newcastle United 1-0 Watford – Premier League
29 Dec 2018 – Watford 1-1 Newcastle United – Premier League
Full head to head record
Newcastle wins: 16
Watford wins: 14
Newcastle v Watford Stats
- Newcastle have not reached the FA Cup Fifth Round since 2006
- Watford have lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions
- The Hornets have also lost only one of their last seven meetings with Newcastle
Newcastle v Watford Match Preview
Newcastle United have a fight on their hands to remain in the Premier League this season. The Magpies managed to cope with the step up fairly well last season to secure a mid-table finish despite a backdrop of unhappy supporters continuing to protest against the club’s ownership and a lack of financial investment in the playing squad and given those circumstances it’s perhaps unsurprising that this year the Tyneside club find themselves in 17th place at this stage of the campaign.
It’s been a long wait for the North East side to win a major domestic trophy and that wait stretches on with their record in the FA Cup being abysmal in recent years as league positions have been considered more important than progress in domestic cup competitions. Can they secure a route through to the final 16 stage of the FA Cup for the first time in 13 years by winning this fixture on Saturday afternoon at odds of 21/10 with Unibet.
Watford have enjoyed a fine campaign in the Premier League so far this year. Many pundits and tipsters were backing them for a difficult campaign following their poor form in the second half of last season, but Spanish boss Javi Gracia has managed to turn things around and has them playing some terrific football and they may even be in with a chance of qualifying for Europe if they can keep up the kind of form that has them sitting in 7th place with 23 games on the board.
With no danger of slipping into the relegation dogfight, it would make sense for the Hornets to focus on this domestic cup competition as some potential silverware and another route into Europe this season. After eventually overcoming a dogged Woking outfit in the Third Round, the Hertfordshire club make the trip to St James’ Park on Saturday as favourites for the three points once again at odds of 7/5 with Betway.
Given Newcastle’s desperate record in the FA Cup, we think there’s value in backing the visitors here. Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers managed a draw at St. James’ Park in the last round and given the quality in their squad and the confidence that will have come from the five game unbeaten streak they have enjoyed prior to this trip, we can’t see the Hornets losing this one. We’re backing the away win but with the security of the draw no bet option at 8/11 with BetVictor.
This could be a low-scoring affair. Both of these sides looked strong defensively in their last Premier League outings, each keeping clean sheets with Newcastle beating Cardiff and Watford being held to a goalless draw by Burnley. The last two Premier League meetings between the two clubs have seen less than three goals scored too which is why we’re backing under 2.5 goals again in this tie at odds of 4/5 with Betfred.
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