Newcastle face Watford today, having banked an unexpected three points at Tottenham last weekend, in contrast to the visitors this weekend, who made it three defeats from three.

With that win for the Magpies, and the 100 per cent losing record for the Hornets, Newcastle will have a weight of expectation on their shoulders for this game.

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That brings a different pressure to that from the Capital a week ago, meaning Steve Bruce will find we have gone from playing with nothing to lose, to having everything to lose.

But Newcastle are suffering from an injury crisis, which will give heart and hope to Watford.

It could see Bruce patching up as many of the walking wounded as he can, knowing there is an international break following the game.

Here is how the Geordie Boot Boys team and the experts see it going:

Mark Lawrenson – BBC Sport

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Lawro acknowledged the feat of getting a result at Spurs last week, and urged Toon fans to “just support the team”, and “get behind” Bruce.

He added: ” I have really liked what I have seen of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron. If they get the service they look like they can score goals.

“For Watford, it is played three, lost three. I don’t think they will win this one but I don’t think they will be bottom of the table for too long.”

Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Watford

Charlie Nicholas – Sky Sports

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After making his weekly comments about the fans wanting rid of Ashley, Nicholas credited the work-rate of Joelinton, and the rest of the team.

He went on to say: “If they could go and win this weekend, against a team that are toiling, then this will be great.

“Watford have had a shocker of a start, and there is always the question as to how much time Javi Gracia is given,” he added, before implying the early season form of some of their big-name players.


Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Watford

Robbie Savage – Daily Mirror

Savage has gone for Newcastle – on the back of their win at Tottenham last week – to beat a struggling Watford side.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Watford

So that’s what the pundits think, but how about the Geordie Boot Boys team?

Paul Nicholson

The first 20 minutes will be key to the outcome of the game. An early goal for Newcastle, and the crowd behind them, could see any confidence drain away from the visiting Watford players.

If the Hornets can keep it compact early on, and quieten the home fans, they may grow in stature and believe they can pinch a point, or three.

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Newcastle have injuries, but it could help them move to a more attacking formation, and it may work in their favour, which is why I think a goal in the opening quarter of the game will see Newcastle dominate.

Prediction: Newcastle 3-0 Watford (and Miguel Almiron to grab his first goal)

James Rutherford

Confidence should be high after two great performances against strong opposition. While the penalties didn’t go our way against Leicester, we still played well.

Like Paul said, the first 20 minutes will be key. Watford might be nervous after their poor start and we need to capitalise.

Fingers crossed Joelinton is fit and he can add to the goal he scored last week at Spurs.

Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Watford

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