Paul Merson has been looking ahead to the game on Saturday at St James Park.
Newcastle in 19th place with three points and no wins take on 7th placed Watford who have 19 points and six victories already.
Looking at the form of previous contests, as usual Newcastle do nothing by half.
The last five games between the two clubs have seen five wins for Watford, Newcastle last avoiding defeat in February 2010 when they won 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
That was the final game in a seven match run for Newcastle that went back to 1993, NUFC winning five and drawing two over a period of 17 years.
Paul Merson reacts to the contest by declaring ‘Newcastle fan’s won’t be happy with this’ as he forecasts a 2-0 away victory.
To be honest, safe to say that nobody is really bothered whether Merson forecasts a 2-0 defeat or 10-0 win for Newcastle.
Only bottom club Huddersfield have scored less than Newcastle’s six goals and not a lot of comfort to be taken in the fact that Watford (12) have conceded almost as many as Newcastle (14).
The 16 goals the Hornets have scored are proof of how dangerous they are and if Newcastle can’t find at least a couple of goals they are likely to be in trouble.
Paul Merson says he ‘can’t see where Newcastle are winning a game or even scoring a goal’ and difficult to argue with him on that point(s).
Salomon Rondon is the only apparent change that can be made to try and improve those stats and he will start on Saturday if fit.
The home matches against Leicester and Brighton have seen Newcastle doing ok or better until conceding, one from a penalty and the other via a deflection.
Getting the first goal and lead will almost certainly be crucial to Newcastle’s chances.
Rafa’s team have only led in a game for 63 minutes this season and those minutes all came in the game at Old Trafford.
Watford in comparison are dangerous but not unbeatable.
Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:
“Newcastle fans won’t be happy with this…but I’ve got to go for Watford.
“At the moment I just can’t see where Newcastle are winning a game or even scoring a goal.
“I think Watford are the most underrated team in the league, alongside Bournemouth; both very good.
“They’re fast on the counter-attack, they’re big and strong.
“Newcastle have to come out and try to beat somebody at some point, but I’m going 2-0 Watford.
“Prediction is Newcastle 0 Watford 2.”