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No wonder Watford are so looking forward to playing Newcastle United today…

3 weeks ago
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Watford are really looking forward to this one.

No, not especially because Steve Bruce is in charge of Newcastle United, though obviously that certainly is a massive help.

Nor is it particularly because seven Newcastle players are ruled out of this one – Dubravka, Wilson, Woodman, Shelvey, Dummett, Willock and Lascelles.

Instead, it is the fact that you have a whole host of underlying stats /omens that point to this not ending well for NUFC.

Here are just a few of them…

Newcastle United have never ever won a top tier away match at Watford.

Watford have accumulated more Premier League points (19) against Newcastle United than they have done against any other PL club.

In all competitions, home and away, the last ten matches between the two clubs have produced seven wins for Watford, two draws and just the one Newcastle win (3 November 2018).

Even when it comes to Newcastle’s biggest (only real?) asset…

‘Allan Saint-Maximin has been directly involved in three goals in his last three Premier League matches for Newcastle (two goals and one assist), as many as in his previous 12 for the Magpies. This is the first time in his Premier League career he has been involved in a goal in three consecutive appearances.’

Watford have got their own star act…

‘As well as being Watford’s top scorer in the Premier League with three goals this season, Ismaila Sarr has created the most chances (nine), had the most shots (13) and completed the most dribbles (16) of any player for the Hornets this term.’

Today at Vicarage Road increasingly feels like everything is against us BUT just sometimes you get the best and biggest surprises when you least expect them.

I have a feeling today that there will be no middle ground, Newcastle might sneak a win, or else Brucey’s boys could be set to be on the end of a right hiding.

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