Match Betting (1x2)

After slumping to defeats against Arsenal and Norwich City, things were already starting to look bleak for Steve Bruce at Newcastle United, although the former Birmingham manager is highly experienced and he showed resilience to help his Magpies team land a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Bruce will therefore be warmly received by the Toon Army for Saturday’s clash against Watford, with the home side trading as slight favourites to follow up that surprise win over Tottenham with another victory in this clash.

Paddy Power have 7/5 about a win for Newcastle, with the team likely to be feeling positive after beating one of the best teams in the division, although they will be up against a side who feel as though they need to deliver after a slow start.

Watford are sitting bottom of the Premier League table after three straight defeats and the Hornets are 2/1 with BetVictor to claim a maximum haul at St James’ Park, with Javi Gracia knowing that his job could be under threat if results don’t start to arrive.

Perhaps these two teams will cancel each other out and the draw is trading at 11/5 with bet365, with this result likely to please the visitors more.

First Goalscorer

Joelinton was an expensive summer recruit and the Brazilian is up and running after scoring the only goal of the game at White Hart Lane. He’s got the potential to be adored on Tyneside and bet365 offer 6/1 that he breaks the deadlock for the second game running.

Miguel Almiron is another dangerous player for the home side and BetVictor have 9/1 that the attacking midfielder scores the opening goal of this game, although Watford also have a number of attacking players who will be searching for goals.

It has to be admitted that the Hornets created any number of chances against West Ham in their last game before losing 3-1 although the absence of Troy Deeney is a big problem and the scoring responsibility is likely to fall to Andre Gray who is trading at 13/2 with bet365 to score first.

Ismaila Sarr could be risked by Gracia after the £25 million signing made a substitute’s appearance in the previous match and the Senegal forward is a 9/1 chance with Coral to break the deadlock.

Both Teams to Score

This is a tricky market to call for the match between Newcastle and Watford. Do the Magpies look to keep things tight and manage a slender victory? Or does Steve Bruce send the team out with lots of attacking intention against a side who are low on confidence?

The first thing to note is that Newcastle have scored in their past two matches although they have notched one in either game, while Watford drew blanks in their first two games before scoring what would turn out to be a consolation strike against West Ham.

Therefore, choosing “No” on the Both Teams to Score market would seem to be the preferable choice, with BetVictor going 11/10 about this particular betting option and odds-against would seem to be the value position.

Alternatively, if you feel as though both teams are vulnerable from a defensive point-of-view, then bet365 have 4/5 about “Yes” on the Both Teams to Score market instead.

Over / Under Goals

William Hill offer 11/10 that there are Over 2.5 Goals in this encounter, with the bookies taking a dim view that this will be a high-scoring encounter. On face value, it would appear likely that this could be a match with a cagey opening, although an early goal for either team could really open things up.

However, the Under 2.5 Goals option might appeal more at odds of 4/5 with BetVictor, while some customers might even want to go for Under 1.5 Goals at 12/5 with bet365 which means you need there to be either one goal or no goals in this game.


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