Watford will be looking to boost their survival hopes this weekend when they host Newcastle at Vicarage Road.
Last week Nigel Pearson’s side became the first team in the bottom four to win a game since the resumption of the season. His men will now be intent on extending their four-point advantage over the drop zone.
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Who will win the game?
This is a tough game to call. On one hand you have a Newcastle side which has been in decent form but, they are coming into this game on the back of a 5-0 drubbing by Manchester City.
On the other hand, you have a Watford side who are battling relegation, are desperate for points and come into Saturday’s game having just beaten Norwich in what is their first win in five games.
The last two league games between these two clubs both ended in draws and it’s fair to say that a third tie wouldn’t raise many eyebrows.
Which team will score the first goal?
If anyone is to score first, it’s going to be Newcastle. Putting aside their loss to Man City, the Magpies scored ten goals in four Premier League games. Watford have only managed four goals from their last six games and they haven’t scored first in a game since their 3-0 win over Liverpool back in February.
Will the away club record a clean sheet?
Newcastle have recorded just one clean sheet from their last nine Premier League away games. What’s more, Watford have managed to score in all five of their most recent home games; whether they’ve won, lost or drawn. With that in mind, a clean sheet for the visitors seems unlikely.
How many shots will Troy Deeney take?
Deeney is Watford’s top scorer with six to his name so far this season. The player averages 1.6 shots per game however, he hasn’t managed to register an attempt on goal in his last two appearances. Nevertheless, with Newcastle conceding ten goals in four games, the forward will certainly be keen to exploit their defensive vulnerabilities. With that in mind, at least two shots would be a reasonable estimate.