The last time Watford was in the Premier League they reached the semifinals of the FA Cup, and they hope they can repeat their performance this season. They will begin their participation in the 2015-16 edition facing Newcastle in the third round. This game will be played on Saturday, January 9th at Vicarage Road at 15:00.
In the 2006-07, the Hornets were for the second time in their history playing in the English top flight, and they were one step away from the FA Cup final. They lost in the semifinal 4-1 to Manchester United with goals from Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and since then they have not overcome the fifth round.
The team led by Quique Sanchez has been one of the biggest surprises in the first half of the Premier League as they are located in the ninth place in the standings with 29 points, only seven away from the spots for the European tournaments of next year.
Despite their good position on the table, they have struggled to win at Vicarage Road this season. They have lost five of the 11 games played at home, scoring 11 goals and allowing 10. This will be the third straight match in their pitch, but they lost the past two against Tottenham and Manchester City, both by 2-1.
Before those defeats, the Hornets had a streak of four straight wins in the league, and they didn’t allow a goal in three of them.
In the Watford v Newcastle FA Cup Betting Tips, the Magpies have won two of the six games these teams have played in the FA Cup. The last time they met in this tournament was in 1989, and the Yellow Army won 1-0 at home.
In the first meeting of the season in the league, Watford won at St. James’ Park by 2-1 with two goals from Odion Ighalo. With that result, they ended a streak of seven games in a row without a victory in the series.
The Hornets are favorites at online sportsbook Bodog to win this match in front of their fans. They are listed with 1.87 Odds, while the Magpies are with 4.5, and the draw is with 3.75.
Newcastle have had a bad season, and they are in the relegation zone with 17 points. They have lost seven of the 10 games they have played on the road and are the worst offense so far with only five goals scored.
Steve McLaren’s squad has four straight games with no victory and has lost the last three without scoring any goal. Their last victory on the road was almost one month ago, when they surprised Tottenham at White Hart Lane by 2-1.
Watford are listed with 3.75 FA Cup Odds to win this game by one goal and with 5.25 to do it by two, while Newcastle are rated at 6.5 to get the victory by the minimum difference and the score draw is with 4.75.
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is the third best scorer in the league with 14 goals, and he is the favorite to score the first in this match. The African player is listed with 5.0 Odds, and he is followed by Troy Deeney with 6.0 and Obi Oulare with 6.55.
Watford’s last defeats have been against two of the best teams in the league, so take the Hornets to bounce back in the FA Cup and win this game. They will be in the fourth round of the tournament for the fourth time in the past six years.