Newcastle vs Watford: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10:00
St. James’ Park Stadium
Watford travel north for their FA Cup fourth round tie against Newcastle at St James’ Park but both sides might have other priorities.
Newcastle fans have been waiting a long time for some silverware – the last time they won the FA Cup was in 1955. But Rafa Benitez will think that a home tie against fellow Premier League side Watford is a good draw for the Magpies. They may be concentrating more on staying in the top flight but a good cup run could do wonders for their confidence.
Watford have never won anything more important than the old Second Division and a Championship Play Off final but they have made it to the FA Cup final – losing to Everton in 1984. Javi Gracia will still believe that his side could make an outside run for a Europa League spot – even if the online betting sites don’t seem to be so confident – so it would not be a surprise if he fields a second string for this one.
Newcastle needed a replay and extra time to see off a spirited Blackburn Rovers in the third round so will be hoping that they can get the job done in 90 minutes against Watford. Rafa Benitez’ side face Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the league after this cup tie so some of the big players might be rested for Watford’s visit.
Watford navigated a potentially tricky third round match away at Woking without too much trouble and would have liked a home draw in the fourth round. Instead they have a long journey up to Newcastle and it may soon be evident to see whether the Hornets are really up for this. Expect a 2-1 home win here.
- Newcastle to win
Newcastle are a good price for the home win considering they are facing a side who are more focused on the Premier League, with the Magpies buoyed by beating Cardiff.
- Both teams to score
Neither of these sides are setting the goal scoring charts alight but with some potentially inexperienced defensive units on show there could be goals at both ends.
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These two sides have already played each other twice in the league this season – with Newcastle coming away with four points. The last time they met in the FA Cup was in 2016 when Watford ran out 1-0 winners.
- This is the first Premier League side Newcastle have faced in cup competition this season after losing to Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup and beating Blackburn in the third round of this competition.
- Javi Gracia was just 14 when Watford made it to the FA Cup final in 1984 – and still playing youth team football for Athletic Bilbao.
- Newcastle finished FA Cup runners up in successive years in the early 1990s but haven’t made it past the fourth round in the last 12 attempts.
- Although Watford have gone out at this stage in the last two years they did make it to the semi-finals in 2016 where they eventually went out to Crystal Palace. They beat Newcastle in the third round that season.