Newcastle United play Watford at St. James Park on August 31, 2019, in English Premier League action.
Newcastle United is one of England’s most consistent football clubs. The Magpies have spent 86 years of their history playing in the Top Flight. They have won a total of four League titles, six FA Cups, one Charity Shield, one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and a UEFA Intertoto Cup. Overall, they have the 9th most trophies won by any English Club. After winning The Championship in 2017, they finished 10th in the league in their first year back in the Premier League. In 2018, they finished 13th and avoided relegation and after hiring Steve Bruce on July 2019, they finished third in the preseason tournament 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy.
Here are the players for Newcastle United as of July 31, 2019:
1 GK Rob Elliott, 2 DF Ciaran Clark, 3 MF Paul Dummett (vice-captain), 4 MF Ki-Sung Yeung, 5 DF Fabian Schar, 6 DF Jamaal Lascelles (captain), 7 MF Jacob Murphy, 8 MF Jonjo Shelvey, 9 FW Joelinton, 11 MF Matt Ritchie, 12 GK Martin Dubravka, 13 FW Yoshinori Muto, 14 MF Isaac Hayden, 18 DF Federico Hernandez, 19 DF Javier Manquillo, 20 DF Florian Lejeune, 22 DF DeAndre Yedlin, 24 Miguel Almiron, 25 DF Jamie Sterry, 26 GK Karl Darlow, 29 GK Nathan Harker, 30 MF Christian Atsu, 36 Sean Longstaff, 41 GK Freddie Woodman, 57 DF Achraf Lazaar, MF Rolando Aarons, MF Jack Colback, MF Henri Saivet, FW Dwight Gayle
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 8/16/19
Watford has played in the top four tiers of the English Football system for such a long time but the club has yet to bag a major football trophy. Javi Garcia arrived in January 2018 and led the club an 11th place finish, their best finish ever in the Premier League and got a contract extension. Watford recorded the most points earned in team history during the previous season and Garcia led Watford to their second FA Cup Final appearance in club history after his team defeated the Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Here is the player of Watford F.C. as of August 1, 2019:
1 GK Heurelho Gomes, 2 DF Daryl Janmaat, 4 DF Craig Dawson, 5 DF Sebastian Prodi, 6 DF Adrian Mariappa, 7 FW Gerard Deulofeu, 8 MF Tom Cleverley, 9 FW Tom Deeney (captain), 10 FW Isaac Success, 11 Adam Masina, 12 MF Ken Sema, 14 MF Nathaniel Chalobah, 15 DF Craig Craig Cathcart, 16 MF Abdoulaye Doucoure, 17 FW Adalberto Penaranda, 18 FW Andre Gray, 19 MF Will Hughes, 20 MF Domingos Quina, 21 DF Kiko Femenia, 22 DF Marvin Zeegelaar, 25 DF Jose Holebas, 26 GK Ben Foster, 27 Christian Kabasele, 29 MF Etienne Capoue, 30 GK Pontus Dahlberg, 33 FW Stefano Okaka, 35 GK Daniel Bachmann, 37 Roberto Pereyra, DF Dimitri Foulquier, MF Tom Dele-Bashiru, MF Dodi Lukebakio, FW Cucho Hernandez, FW Filip Stuparevic
Newcastle head to this match as the soccer betting favorites against Watford. They enter this matchup having won half of their last eight games played while Watford has won just thrice over the same number of games played. Head to head, these teams have played each other in a total of 15 matches. Newcastle has won five of those games and Watford six while these teams figured in a draw in four other occasions. In their last meeting last January 26, 2019, Watford defeated Newcastle 2-0.
Newcastle spent nearly £60m this summer, including a club-record £39m for forward Joelinton of Hoffenheim, and another £16m for winger Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice. The two acquisitions join forces with the undervalued Miguel Almiron in what they hoped would be an interesting offense. But that has not been the case so far.
Newcastle has looked listless in their first two losses to Arsenal and fellow promoted side, Norwich. It’s too early but with a suspect defense, they look lost right now and it won’t be a surprise if they lose to a Watford side that has their number.
Watford’s loss to Everton last Saturday stretched further their Premier League losing streak to five games, with their only EPL wins since April coming against Fulham and Huddersfield Town. However, the Hornets played well against Everton but could not recover from a bad start. Watford also lost Troy Deeney to a knee injury and he will be out for six weeks.
Both these teams are struggling like now but it looks to me like Javi Garcia’s boys are playing with more purpose and determination. That said, I’m picking Watford to beat Newcastle on 8.31.19. Prediction: Watford