Mark Lawrenson has turned his expert analysis to Watford v Newcastle.
A win for Newcastle would almost certainly guarantee a top half finish, whilst victory for Watford would make them mathematically safe from relegation.
Watford haven’t won a game in the last nine weeks and haven’t scored a goal in over five hours of football.
Despite this, Mark Lawrenson has forecast an easy 2-0 win for Watford.
Lawrenson’s reasoning for this is that the Newcastle players are all already ‘on the beach’ after reaching safety.
The consecutive defeats to Everton and West Brom were poor but in the two games, Newcastle could just as easily have won, or at least drawn both games.
Matches with very few clear chances either way, Everton and West Brom only managed three shots on target between them and yet scored two goals and picked up six points.
Newcastle haven’t beaten Watford since 2010 and indeed have lost every game since, although that only numbers four in all competitions, as the pair have rarely been in the same division.
However, before that quartet of defeats, Newcastle actually had five wins and a draw in the previous half dozen matches.
Newcastle had also previously only failed to score in one Premier League match since the turn of the year, so in reality it wouldn’t take much for the Magpies to bounce back to winning form.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Watford actually played quite well in their defeat by Tottenham last week but they have now gone seven games without a win.
“Newcastle lost at home to West Brom and it is a bit like they are on the beach since they hit the 40-point mark.
“Very difficult for Magpies manager Rafael Benitez to change that because, deep down, he will know they are safe and it is job done.
“The players will know it too and the thing about the Premier League is that, if you are not quite at it, you get turned over.
“That is why I am backing Watford here.
“Prediction – Watford 2 Newcastle 0.”
Singer-songwriter, and Newcastle fan, James Bay has also given a prediction for all Premier League matches, including Watford v Newcastle:
“In many respects I am very happy with the way the season has gone – we have stayed in the Premier League.
“But there are definitely some other changes that I want to see at the club, which is what the rest of our fans are saying as well.
“Rafa Benitez has done a fantastic job with a club owner who will not give him a chance financially.
“He is the bright light, the hope, for the club at the moment but he needs more money to spend.”
“Prediction is Watford 0 Newcastle 2.”
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