Watford will host Newcastle United at the Vicarage Road Stadium on Matchday 6 of the 2021/22 Premier League season. Watford have had a decent start to the league campaign and are currently 11th with six points from the first five games. Newcastle United sit in the relegation zone at 18th with just the two points from their first five league games of the season.
Both teams have scored six goals in the first five games, but Xisco Munoz’s Watford have overachieved their low xG of 4.83, which is the second-lowest xG in the league so far. But their six goals have come at the correct moments to earn them two victories in the first five games. Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United have had a decent xG of 7.02 and scored six goals, but are yet to win a game so far this season, and have lost both their away games to Aston Villa and Manchester United this season.
Watford have had one of the least shots on goal in the Premier League in the first five matches with just 45 shots. They have been able to score six goals from their 17 shots on target. their opponents this weekend have had a total of 59 shots on goal, with 19 on target and six goals too.
Watford have had the fifth-highest crosses from the right flank, as they have been brilliant down the right-hand side, especially with impressive performances from right-winger Isimaila Sarr and Spanish right-back Kiko. The Magpies have a decent number of crosses from both wings, but have not been dominating games, and are yet to pick up a victory so far.
Newcastle United have had a problem in putting in decent attacks and have the least number of forward-passes in the entire league after five games of the season with just 538. The hornets also do not have many such passes with the second-lowest of 568. It will be a game with two teams who have not been doing great going forward, but The Hornets have been able to clinch two victories with the same amount of goals as the Magpies.
The thing that has kept Watford ahead of other Premier League teams at the 11th spot has been their defence which has just conceded eight goals in the first five games, as the Hornets have won two and lost three of their first five games. They have been focused on defence and have the third-highest number of clearances in the league with 123, while Newcastle United have had a total of 105 clearances.
Steve Bruce will be dedicated and will want his Newcastle United side to pick up their first victory and kickstart their season. On the other hand, The Hornets have had a positive start, and they will hope to build upon their start and try and finish as high as possible in the league standings.
Watford’s Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1): GK: Ben Foster. RB: Jeremy Ngakia, CBs: Troost-Ekong and Kabasele, LB: Danny Rose, CDMs: Juraj Kucka and Moussa Sissoko, RAM: Isimaila Sarr, CAM: Tom Cleverly, LAM: Emmanuel Dennis, ST: Joshua King
(Injuries: Kiko and Joao Pedro)
Newcastle United’s Predicted Starting XI (3-4-3): GK: Karl Darlow, RWB: Javier Manquillo, CBs: Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandes and Isaac Hayden, LWB: Matt Richie, CDMs: Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock, RW: Miguel Almiron, ST: Joelinton, LW: Allan Saint-Maximin
(Injuries: Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Wilson, Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummet)