Newcastle are one of just two teams in the Premier League who are without a win so far this season. After only managing 3 points after 10 games and sitting just off the bottom of the league the pressure is starting to build on this Newcastle side as their slump continues week through week.
Last weekend’s goalless draw away at Southampton will have been seen as a good result for the fans, but it is fair to say that the performance was lacklustre to say the least. Newcastle lifted themselves off the bottom spot with the point, but Southampton dominated the highlights as Newcastle struggled to create against the south-coast side. In the second half Newcastle saw themselves soaking up an entire half’s worth of Southampton pressure as Redmond, Stephens and Long all missed chances to take the lead.
Southampton’s closest effort was in the first half through midfielder Mario Lemina. Bertrand’s low cross was guided goal-bound by Lemina who’s effort struck the outside of the near post and bounced out for a goal-kick to Newcastle’s relief.
This weekend is the first of two consecutive home games for Newcastle, the perfect opportunity to try and build off last weekend’s positive result.
Their opponents are in-form Watford, who have won 6 of their first 10 and currently occupy 7th position in the table. Last weekend Watford won 3-0 against bottom-of-the-league Huddersfield scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes.
Pereyra opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a superb solo goal. Deulofeu doubled Watford’s lead less than ten minutes later with a powerful shot from a tight angle beat the keeper at the near post. Isaac Success sealed the game for Watford in the 80th minute after Femenia passed the ball across the face of Lossl’s goal leaving the Nigerian with an easy finish.
This weekend the Magpies will hope to pick up their first home points of the season after losing all of their opening five games at St. James’ Park. After a run of ten games without a win Newcastle fans will hope that November will bring some better form for their side after the horror start to season (ignore the Halloween pun).
Newcastle predicted line-up: Dubravka; Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Peres, Muto
Watford predicted line-up: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Mariappa, Masina; Deulofeu, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra; Success
Predicted final score: 1-1