Rarely is it the case that the opening game of the season has such an immense impact on two teams set to compete. Both had tense back-and-forth openers. Watford won and continues to have reasonable success, while Newcastle lost and hasn’t won a game since. That’s a huge influence on Premier League predictions today.
As a result, Watford comes into this game as the bookmakers’ favourites. But do our Premier League predictions agree? Is it the case of a couple of results derailing logical Premier League tips predictions? Or are Newcastle really in as bad a place as some odds suggest? Join us as we help you figure it all out.
Not only was that first game against Aston Villa extremely important to the trajectory of Watford’s season, but it was also a sensationally fun and entertaining game to watch. You got to see Watford in all their glory – warts and all – throughout that 3-2 contest. In addition, you were able to get a sense of their attacking depth, with three different players breaching Villa’s defences.
It’s an important game to this Premier League prediction weekend, but let’s not forget they followed up with three losses and inconsistent, if occasionally brilliant, performances. They again got their mojo back with two goals from Sarr and a 3-1 victory over Norwich, making their season look like a sandwich made of victory bread with largely disappointing fillings.
It says a lot that although Watford’s season thus far has had enough flaws to cast doubt upon Premier League predictions today, Newcastle would feel much happier were they able to emulate. They lost their opening thriller: a 4-2 back-and-forth affair against West Ham. More than that, they’ve failed to win a game thus far this season.
In short, it’s been a pretty miserable time, but with some glimmers of light in terms of performances against the likes of Tottenham and Southampton. There is a sense that the Magpies need a win right now – and that pressure could either make or break them in this match.
Considering these are two clubs with deep and storied histories, you might assume they have countless contests to review from over the last century or so to illuminate your Premier League prediction weekend. That isn’t actually the case. In fact, they’ve each only won 16 games apiece in all these years.
However, that isn’t what matters to Premier League tips betting. What counts in terms of tips is that Newcastle have failed to beat Watford on the last four occasions, drawing twice. The Hornets won their last contest in 2020 with a close fought 2-1 victory. In short, the historical edge, by a slither, is in the home side’s corner.
If you want the key to better betting, it’s all in statistics and research. It really is as simple as that: the more you know, the better your predictions are likely to be. But where to start? I think in the case of Watford vs Newcastle, there’s no better place than with our statistical highlights.
For all their flaws, both teams are capable of fighting hard here. That’s why our pick for the best betting tips we can give you right now is to back both teams to score.
Watford would be the natural pick for winners in this match –that’s certainly what the bookmakers think. We actually believe that it will be a great deal closer than that. Newcastle are under immense pressure right now, especially with fans’ disapproval of the direction of manager Steve Bruce, and they’re going to come out fighting. If we were pressed, we would probably have to agree that Watford has the edge.
But, we think a smarter bet, considering Watford’s ability to go back-and-forth and the pressure on the Magpies, would be for both teams to score. Keep in mind too that this is an ideal market to add additional bets onto if you want. So, if you do fancy a team to win or even a draw, there’s no reason you can’t combine that with our Premier League predictions.