Michael Owen has been looking ahead to Newcastle v Watford.
As he points out, Watford are dangerous opponents.
Last season they accumulated only 12 points in their 19 away games, winning three and drawing three.
This time around they already have 10 points from six games and as Michael Owen says, if they did win at St James Park they would have more points from seven away games this season than they got in the whole of 2016/17 on their travels.
Watford are very impressive going forward but with a shaky defence, overall there have been more goals in Watford matches this season than all but Manchester City and Liverpool.
In their 12 games there have been 40 altogether, 19 for Watford and 21 for their opponents. On the road they have been excellent and very consistent, all six away matches have seen them score two goals each time.
In 12 games, Newcastle have only scored three goals on a single occasion (West Ham at home 3-0) and have twice scored two goals (2-1 win over Stoke at home and 2-2 draw at Southampton).
So Newcastle need to do at least one of two things (or hopefully both…), restrict Watford to less than two goals and/or score at least two themselves.
Watford were back on top form last weekend when taking apart West Ham 2-0 at home and Michael Owen believes that ‘a draw might not be the worst result’ for Newcastle, as Rafa tries to get back on track after three defeats in a row.
Owen predicts a draw but one thing appears certain, with Marco Silva’s excellent attacking style of play, his Watford team seem set to ensure an open game on Saturday, one where Newcastle need to rise to the occasion and hopefully Mikel Merino will be back.
All four wins this season came with the 21 year old Spaniard on the pitch and he was badly missed at Old Trafford as things fell apart after a promising opening.
Michael Owen speaking to Betvictor:
“After a good start to the campaign Newcastle have now lost their last three PL games in a row and a draw might not be the worst result for the hosts as they try to settle the ship against a very good Watford side.
“The Hornets were too good for West Ham at Vicarage Road last weekend and, if they win at St James’s Park, they will already have picked up more points on the road this term than they did in the whole of last season.
“They may have to settle for a point on this occasion however.
“Recommendation: Game to finish in a draw at 12/5.”
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