Following last Saturday’s uplifting victory over West Ham, Newcastle will need to maintain their momentum when they meet Watford at Vicarage Road, especially as they slipped back into the relegation zone after Swansea’s win on Monday night.
The Magpies open as Skybet’s 3/1 underdogs after winning just two away league matches all season,
Watford won 2-1 when the pair met in September and recorded their only win in their last half dozen outings when beating Newcastle in the FA Cup recently; nevertheless, while the Hornets start as Betfred’s even money favourites to win, the draw, rated a 13/5 shot by William Hill, is worth considering. Given Newcastle’s increasingly precarious predicament, it promises to be tight. If Steve McClaren’s tactics are designed to frustrate their hosts, they’re capable of achieving a draw and punters who agree may fancy the 11/10 chalked by Stan James about the opening half ending all-square – bet365 post 2/1 against the first 45 minutes finishing goalless.
Those who suspect that such an outcome could establish a second half trend can get 10/1 (BetVictor.com) against it ending 0-0 at full time, while Winner.com offer a generous 5/1 against both halves concluding on level terms.
In other markets, Skybet price Newcastle at 5/6 to win when kicking off with an artificial one goal advantage, while those anticipating another close encounter can get 4/5 (Coral) against the fixture yielding fewer than 2.5 goals.
Meanwhile, punters may fancy Ladbrokes’ 7/1 for United to secure three points following a drawn opening half.
Stan James offer 14/1 against the game’s opening goal arriving after the 76th minute, while bet365 chalk 11/1 against a 1-0 away win.
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