Charlie Nicholas has given his ‘expert’ opinion on Watford v Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has already got his team to safety and even if Watford lost today, they could still end up mathematically safe after this weekend’s results.

Charlie Nicholas suggests this set to be a pretty boring match.

He has gone for a 1-0 win to Watford with the next most likely outcome a goalless draw.

On very recent form it backs up his argument, as the Hornets have gone more than five hours without scoring, whilst the Magpies have also failed to score in their last two matches.

However, Watford are ninth top scorers (25 goals) at home and only West Ham outside the top nine in the table have scored more away goals than Newcastle’s 17.

So whilst it may be a bit too much to expect a classic, it is likely to see one or two more goals than the Sky Sports pundit predicts.

In the past when Newcastle have had to get a result and are playing teams with nothing to play for, the fear always has been that this means the opposition could be more relaxed which allows them to actually play better.

That certainly hasn’t been seen in these two games against Everton and West Brom and comments from Rafa Benitez this week, appear to indicate that he doesn’t believe Newcastle have got that hidden quality which can replace the ‘intensity’ which has been the bedrock of their fight to safety.

So will this be a stroll in the Sun for Rafa’s boys or will he have been successful if getting them wound up again?

Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports [in place of Paul Merson…]:

“I think Javi Gracia is fighting for his job and could see that motivation be the difference here.

“I have gone for a narrow home win but it could easily be 0-0 with neither side having much to play for.

“Prediction is Watford 1 Newcastle 0.”

Watford v Newcastle v Match Betting:

Watford win 29/10Draw 23/10NUFC win 21/10

Both teams to score in 1st half 7/2Ritchie to score first goal 13/1NUFC win 1-0 8/1

All Watford v Newcastle betting HERE



  • Billmag

    Good judge I believe he forecast us to be relegated, another Sky plonker.

    • Peaky

      Aye,so did Paul Ince…..pair of tossers….

      • Leicester Mag

        Sadly it’s 1-0 after 2 minutes 😡

        • Peaky

          Said the other day I can only see one point from our last 3 games….1-1 v Chelsea…

  • MadMag83

    He’s right so far.

  • Leicester Mag

    Mag doing a sterling job main match post closed to comments. Kin useless

    • nufcslf

      Very odd, I was starting think it was only me that was blocked. Sad that for the first 28 mins there isn’t a lot to comment on….Oh 2 nil….like the past two matches since being safe.

    • Peaky

      Aye,what’s going on there ?

  • Leicester Mag

    2-0 utter shyt!

  • Peaky

    You can guarantee the team bottom of the form table and on a terrible run always come up trumps against us….NUFC the ‘gift that keeps on giving’…load of shyte….

    • nufcslf

      Happened a lot this season. Terrible when a bit of form and 4 wins on the trot is defines your season. What pysh take.

  • Tino o

    Perez needs to stop playing for Watford it’s not fair 12v10

    • Tino o

      Hes realized

  • nufcslf

    Well done keeper, but what a shyt penalty that was, especially the rebound.

  • Tino o

    The ref and linesman are a pair of cnts

  • nufcslf

    Just as well there are plenty of options on the bench to turn it around in the second half……………

    • Peaky

      😂🤣😂

    • mentalman

      hayden and merino should come on

  • Peaky

    My early season prediction of 41points and 15th isn’t going to be that far away the way we are finishing this season..

    • nufcslf

      You’ll be fatty’s best friend if he reads your comment.

  • Billmag

    Manquillo is pants which we have all pretty much know that he’s limited, but I tell you what Dummett is ending the season poorly.

    • mentalman

      did you see manquillo not even try to get back for the second goal.

      Dummett is being dragged down to the level of the rest of them, this is what happens when you know you don’t need to perform

      • Billmag

        Couldn’t pick him out at first till they showed the replay, lazy defending.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Only Dubravka is putting in a performance……the rest have been sht……….get them fired up Benitez ffs….this could be an embarrassing result otherwise.

      • nufcslf

        You wouldn’t guess that this is their job and should be fighting for their places. Terrible and we are all still watching it………

        • Kneebotherm8

          Rafa should cancel their fckn holidays and get them in for training instead …….

          • nufcslf

            Agreed.

      • mentalman

        i hope we’ve got the deal for him tied up because i could see a number of clubs making a move for him

        • Kneebotherm8

          Couldn’t agree more…

  • mentalman

    perez and gayle doing absolutely nothing and yet its murphy coming off

    • Kneebotherm8

      Glad Perez didn’t come off we’ve got a lifeline…………somehow…

      • mentalman

        i’d have taken gayle off and tried someone else at 10 so perez would have still been on

        • Kneebotherm8

          I agree with your earlier comment that Gale and Perez were playing Shyte and Murphy was having a terrible first half too…….Rafa obviously wanted to keep his main striker on,the alternative being Hoss.
          Gayle continued to be crp in the second half,missing a gilt edged chance,proving Rafas efforts to get better striking options in are more than justified.
          Perez obviously improved second half scoring a cracking goal and so very nearly getting the equaliser…
          I’ve no doubt Murphy will get another chance he,like many others,had a sht day at the office…certainly in the first half..

          • mentalman

            We definately need to invest heavily up front, the only problem is we need a new number 9 and 10. If money is spent i can see it being one or the other and not both. Therefore i would have took gayle off moved perez to 9 and tried shelvey merino or ritchie in the no10 role with a view on next season and to be perfectly honest we couldn’t have done much worse

          • Kneebotherm8

            I’d love to see Merino tried in the number 10 role….

  • Kneebotherm8

    Glad to see Murphy off………..he’s having a mare……

    • mentalman

      no worse than any of the others

      • Kneebotherm8

        Agreed but he had to change it………………Perez just scored anyway…….get in..

    • nufcslf

      He’s one of those young player’s that you want to take his chance and run with it and more than often is just sh*t. Shame.

      • mentalman

        he needs more game time for next season, he should play as much as possible in the remaining games

        • nufcslf

          Agree and hope that might happen and he does take off. Loads of skill and should influence matches more. Like his goal at Man City. More of that please.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Good cross by Manquillo…….excellent finish by Ayoze

    • mentalman

      shame he can’t defend, he’s put a few quality balls in much better than yedlins usual attempts

    • nufcslf

      Seems better with the outside of his foot that hitting ot full on.

  • nufcslf

    Shame that deflection didn’t go in. Better second half at least.

  • mentalman

    rafa starting to bring on his favourites

  • mentalman

    has gayle touched it this half?

  • nufcslf

    Proper forward with those balls from Shelvey would help. Gayle should be shot for not finishing that.

    • mentalman

      he just doesn’t seem willing to have a shot

      • nufcslf

        Poor, first, second and third touch and never got it settled to have a shot.

        • mentalman

          most strikers would have flung a foot or leg at it, gayle seems to want to wait for it to sit perfectly before he hits it

          • nufcslf

            Sad thing being the pass was accurate enough not to fluff it at all.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Shocking touch by by Gayle……..should have scored……terrible..

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ayoze unlucky…….

  • mentalman

    if rafa had/would change it up top we could win this

  • nufcslf

    My money is on the second goal not happening, prove me wrong……

  • mentalman

    diame going off i guess we are settling for no points

    • nufcslf

      Aren’t we losing 2-1…….

      • mentalman

        typing two comments at once got myself mixed up.

        We are obviously happy with a 1 goal loss

        • nufcslf

          Just mucking about.

  • nufcslf

    Well there’s the first of 3 possible losses. What was that first half performance other than enough to lose the match.