After a comfortable afternoon full of goals and individual brilliance last Saturday, it’s time to turn our attention to the Hornets’ trip to a winless Newcastle this coming weekend.
Individual stunners from Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu followed by a well worked Isaac Success goal gave Watford all 3 points in what proved to be a largely untroubling afternoon against a Huddersfield side fighting for their first win.
This Saturday sees Gracia’s side face the same kind of threat as last week, with Newcastle rooted in the bottom 3 without a win all season. Prior to the season, many a pundit would have suggested both teams having contrasting fates compared to how the season has started. Watford sit in a flattering 7th position ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Everton, meanwhile Newcastle are 19th, kept off the base of the table on goal difference.
However, despite undeniably having a poor start to the season, Newcastle have not been blown away by any side and have stayed competitive in every game. This shows the threat they must posses and that a win could be just around the corner. The likes of Jonjo Shelvey have obvious quality and on any given day can be the difference. The main threat of Huddersfield was in Watford complacency, and I believe a similar threat exists this Saturday. Newcastle are not a bad team and any lapses in concentration will result in defeat at St James Park. However, last weekend showcased just how much talent Watford posses, especially in midfield.
The talent of the likes of Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu in tandem with the impressive Etienne Capoue and PSG target Abdelouye Doucoure are the best outside the top 6. A resurgent Isaac Success effectively spearheaded the attack last week after a run of games where Troy Deeney and Andre Gray offered little, and Watford finally have a squad capable of winning even when playing in 2nd gear.
I expect Watford to field the same team as last Saturday with Isaac Success keeping his place ahead of Gray. Despite impressive form in our last two outings, Christian Kabasele may be restored alongside Craig Cathcart while Nathaniel Chalobah and Daryl Janmaat remain absent.
In a game of many goals, I expect Gracia’s side to leave St James park with all 3 points in a 3-0 win.
Watford: Foster; Navarro, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Success.
Newcastle vs Watford, Saturday 3pm, St James Park