Two sides that have had their struggles in the early stages of this season meet on Saturday, as Newcastle United host Watford at St. James’ Park. Steve Bruce picked up his first win as Magpies boss last time out away to Tottenham, while Watford have lost each of their first three games of the season.
Newcastle United played out by far their best game under Steve Bruce last Sunday as they upset Tottenham Hotspur in their first visit to their new stadium. Joelinton finished off an excellent team move to open his account for the Magpies with what proved to be the game’s only goal in the 27th minute of the contest. Defensively, this is also the most solid this Newcastle team have looked in the early weeks of the season as they went on to keep their first clean sheet a week after succumbing to a Teemu Pukki hat-trick at Norwich. Now, they will hope to become the fourth team to take three points from Watford this season.
It’s hard to put a finger on why Watford have had such significant struggles in the early weeks of this season, especially when you consider the solid campaign they had last time around. Three games into the season they sit bottom of the Premier League table having lost each of their league outings so far, conceding seven goals and scoring just one in the process. At home, they have already conceded six goals in just two games, while Andre Gray remains the only player to score for them in the league. However, they did pick up a 3-0 win against Coventry City in the League Cup in midweek.
Newcastle will be in a confident mood off the back of their victory over Tottenham, while Watford have really had their struggles in the early weeks of this season.
The Brazilian opened his account in a Newcastle shirt last weekend and will be looking to expose a Watford defence that West Ham’s Sebastien Haller had plenty of joy against last time out.
Only Norwich have conceded more goals than Watford after three games.
Watford are the joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League alongside Everton.
Newcastle have just one win in their last eight games against Watford in all competitions.
Newcastle’s hefty injury list sees Florian Lejuene, DeAndre Yedlin, Allan Saint-Maximin, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll all likely to miss out. Jamaal Lascelles and Joelinton should shake off knocks to feature.
Watford captain Troy Deeney is set to miss at least the next few weeks with a knee injury, so Andre Gray should continue in attack after scoring against West Ham last week. Club record signing Ismaila Sarr will also be pushing to start after scoring against Coventry in midweek.