Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead to Saturday’s match at St James Park.

Newcastle in 11th position facing Watford in 8th, a win for the Magpies would take them to 17 points, one behind the visitors.

If they are to do that then Newcastle need to deal with a Watford side which is built to attack, Marco Silva putting together a very entertaining team which both scores (19) and concedes (21) goals.

All six Premier League away games have seen Watford score twice but they come up against a Newcastle team that haven’t conceded twice at home, apart from when reduced to 10 men against Spurs.

Lawrenson predicts Newcastle will get the better of the visitors on that stat but still not win, the BBC Sport pundit predicting a 1-1 draw.

He believes that Rafa will be desperate to avoid a fourth defeat in a row and indicates maybe a more defensive set-up than Rafa has gone with in the last two games.

At Old Trafford, Newcastle played very well for the first 30/35 minutes and led 1-0, looking pretty comfortable, only for two goals late in that first half to undo the good work.

Rather strangely, Mark Lawrenson believes the mistake Newcastle made ‘was probably taking the lead’.

I think giving Man Utd the time and freedom to create and score four goals was more of a problem…

Watford are good to watch but before bouncing back with a win at home to West Ham last Sunday, they had lost three in a row themselves.

Leading at Chelsea with 19 minutes to go they collapsed to lose 4-2, then lost 1-0 at home to Stoke, before leading 2-0 at Goodison only to collapse again and lose 3-2.

The Hornets have talent going forward but definitely can be beaten, though for that to happen you have to feel Newcastle have to probably score at least two goals, something they have done only once (2-2 at Southampton) in the 10 weeks since beating Stoke 2-1 at home.

A lot rests on Dwight Gayle for me, who is now looking fully fit and capable of doing it in the top tier.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“I was very impressed by Watford after watching them beat West Ham.

“The Hornets use the ball well, especially down the flanks, and they have plenty of ideas when they come forward.

Newcastle’s mistake against Manchester United was probably taking the lead.

“They did create another very good chance when they were 1-0 up, but Jacob Murphy missed it, and they were well beaten in the end.

“That made it three defeats on the spin for the Magpies, and I do not think their manager Rafael Benitez will want to risk a fourth.

“I am expecting this game to be very tight, and the points to be shared.

“Prediction: 1-1.”

Newcastle v Watford Match Betting:

Newcastle win 6/5 Draw 12/5Watford 13/5

NUFC to win and both teams to score 7/2Watford to win and both teams to score 6/1Game to end 0-0 15/2

All Newcastle v Watford betting HERE

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  • TheNutJob

    I`m more worried about wor kid fixing the Kodi box for tomorrow than Lawro`s ramblings

    • Leazes Ender

      Its black friday buy a new one.

    • Clarko

      Reported.

      • Wor Lass

        Should that have said Retorted?

        • Clarko

          I don’t know if that’s serious, a mistake or a “joke”.

          Anyways, lets check in, since 17th of October, the day in which I called you out about constantly (and randomly) writing comments about me, dropping my name in your comments and so forth you have mentioned my name 0 times. You went from 17 times in 50 days to 0 times in 38 days.

          Question, were you aware of just how obsessed you were with me before I pointed it out? Or did me pointing it out lead to your awareness of just how creepy you were being?

          I’m just glad you’ve nipped it in the bud, I was genuinely starting to feel a little uneasy about all the messages.

          I hope you find whatever it is you’re looking for 👍🏿

          • Wor Lass

            Perhaps you meant Retarded. Thanks for reappearing, I`d almost forgotten about you. Have you been too busy masterminding Mike`s sale strategy?

          • Clarko

            You went from 17 times in 50 days to 0 times in 38 days.

            #CaughtOut #RobertJohnBardo

          • Wor Lass

            Have you counted any comments I may have inadvertently posted on the Chronic? You`re always happy when you`re quoting stats, aren`t you. Here`s another one for you – there are two “f”`s in “off”.

          • Clarko

            You just go on and on spouting incomprehensible, irrelevant, drivel. Have fun Bob.

            #RobertJohnBardo

  • Wor Lass

    Classic “Lawroism”! Just think how bad it could have become if Murphy had scored – all self-respecting pundits know that 2-0 is the “worst lead in football”. What a gang of bull`s kn*ckers they are.

    • Pelican

      Maybe Lawro has somewhat of a point? Taking an early lead gives Man Utd the incentive to chase the game with plenty of time to turn around the deficit. It is difficult to know, but Lawro hardly makes a debase point. I know it is fashionable to scoff at everything pundits say these days…

      • Wor Lass

        Most of the pundits are complete buffoons – Merson being the prime example. Actually, I quite like Lawro as long as he`s not got his Anfield specs on.

  • Leazes Ender

    What a load of tosh.

    BetVictor is ion offshore company……Pay your Taxes BetVictor

  • Rich Lawson

    ”The mistake we made was taking the lead” at Old Trafford ? The mistake I made was jumping out my chair when it happened ? I shall try to conduct myself better in the future and not get excited when we go one up against anyone !

  • gallowgate26

    I wish they would just go back to predicting defeats. These positive results that they’ve been forced to predict through gritted teeth, are killing our form.