Mark Lawrenson predicts Newcastle v Watford

Newcastle United will face Watford at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted on BBC Sport that Newcastle United will win against Watford at home this weekend.

Newcastle will face the Hornets at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and Liverpool legend Lawrenson has backed Steve McClaren’s side to win 2-0 and pick up all three points.

“Watford got a great result against Swansea last week and they will set themselves up to be hard to beat at St James' Park, then look to threaten on the counter-attack,” the former Liverpool star wrote on BBC Sport.

“I am still backing the Magpies, though. They are bottom of the table and have struggled for goals so far this season - they have only scored two in their first five games which makes them the lowest scorers in the Premier League - but I think they will change that on Saturday.”

Big game

Newcastle have made a disappointing start to the season and find themselves at the foot of the Premier League table with just two points from five matches.

Watford, who got promoted from the Championship at the end of last season, have picked up six points from their six games.

Playing at home will give the Magpies an advantage, but they will need to be on top of their game right from the start.

Conceding an early goal could be disastrous for a Newcastle team already low on confidence.

Watford are among the relegation candidates and will know that even a point at St. James’ Park is a huge positive for them.

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