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Can The Hornets finally win?

Last updated: January 21, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWLLD
Away form: WDLLL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Watford are on a run of 4 consecutive defeats in The Premier League. The Hornets haven’t recorded a victory since 20th December when they beat 3-0 Liverpool at home. They lost their last game 0-1 to Swansea on Monday after missing a big number of chances in front of Swansea’s goal. Now, after such a bad results Watford are back again in the relegation battle. In addition, Watford have conceded 8 goals in their last 5 Premiership matches.

Newcastle will give their best to take the three points from their visit to Vicarage Road. The Magpies won their last game 2-1 against West Ham at St. James’ Park. Newcastle played brilliantly in the first half and led 2-0 with goals, scored by Ayoze Perez and Wijnaldum. The Hammers managed to score only once in the Magpies’ net (Jelavic 48’). Jonjo Shelvey made his debut for Newcastle and played at top level.

The Hornets and The Magpies met in the third round of The FA Cup at Vicarage Road and despite Newcastle showed better performance, Watford won 1-0 and passed through. Troy Deeney opened in the 44th minute after a terrible mistake in Newcastle’s defence.


Team News

Nathan Ake’s suspension has expired and the midfielder can start again for Watford. The Englishman was sent off against Tottenham.

The Swedish defender Joel Ekstrand has finally recovered from his knee ligaments injury. He won’t be selected in the squad by Quique Sanchez Flores for the next match.

Newcastle’s defender Steven Taylor has recovered from his hamstring problem. Taylor appeared twice in The Premier League this season.

Steve McClaren can’t use 8 of his players. Among the sidelined lads are Obertan, de Jong, Anita, Krul, Williamson, and Cisse. Haidara is suffering from a groin strain.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “I think football has been cruel with us in the last few matches.”

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “Now they are fighting for 95 minutes. It was appreciated by the crowd, appreciated by everybody and that’s the standard that we have set.”


Expected line-ups:

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Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Prodl, Nyom, Capoue, Jurado, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Behrami, Berghuis, Cathcart, Anya, Paredes, Arlauskis, Ibarbo.
Injured: Gilmartin.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Dummett, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Colback, Shelvey, Ayoze, Mitrovic
Subs Aarons, Saivet, Darlow, Mbabu, Gouffran, Tiote, Toney.
Injured: Riviere, Thauvin, Anita, Williamson, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

capoue Capoue this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
22 1946 0 1,3 1 1 4 0
Wijnaldum this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
22 1940 9 1,9 3 2 1 0

So far this season

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Watford this season Newcastle this season
12 League Position 18
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 6-2 vs. Norwich
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (1)
4 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (7)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 1-6 to Man City
Ighalo (13) Top scorer Wijnaldum (9)
Deeney (5) Assist Leader Sissoko (5)
Y41, R2 Discipline Y40, R3
7 Failures to score 10
8 Clean Sheets 4
9 Both Teams to Score Games 10
10 Over 2.5 Games 11
12 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • Newcastle have lost 13 of their last 16 away Premier League games. The Magpies have won 2 matches away from St. James’ Park this season.
  • 4 of 9 matches between Watford and Newcastle at Vicarage Road have ended with a draw. Newcastle have won twice, while The Hornets have recorded 3 victories.
  • There has been the option ‘Over 2.5 goals’ in Watford’s last 3 home games in the Premier League. The Hornets lost 1-2 two consecutive home matches.
  • Newcastle won for the last time against Watford at Vicarage Road on 27th February 2010 in a Championship match. The Magpies won 2-1. Coloccini and Carroll were the goal-scorers.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/01/16 The FA Cup Watford 1-0 Newcastle T. Deeney 44′
19/09/15 The Premier League Newcastle 1-2 Watford Ighalo 10′
27/02/10 The Championship Watford 1-2 Newcastle Coloccini 4′
05/12/09 The Championship Newcastle 2-0 Watford P. Løvenkrands 20′
13/05/07 The Premier League Watford 1-1 Newcastle K. Dyer 29′