Newcastle and Watford set to compete in six-pointer

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London, England, 7th November 2021. The Premier league winter ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-1310-0109

This weekend’s upcoming clash could play a huge role in whether one of the two teams that take to the field on Saturday afternoon is able to remain in the Premier League next season.

Newcastle United and Watford are set to go head to head at St. James’ Park in what can only be described as a six-pointer, with both clubs clearly desperate for points to try and salvage any hope that they may have of remaining in the top-flight.

According to the Betway Sportsbook, a price of 21/20 has been provided to the Magpies to make them the favourites to obtain all three points on the day; something that is desperately needed by Eddie Howe and his squad of players.

Indeed, last weekend will have been one of the most embarrassing moments the club has faced recently as they were humiliated and dumped out of the FA Cup by Cambridge United in one of the biggest shocks of the round.

Since taking over, Howe has only seen his team win just once in the eight games he has had in charge at St. James’ Park so far, and things will need to change extremely quickly if they are to survive the drop.

The Magpies have been working hard to try and bring in the right recruits to try and strengthen their chances, with Kieran Trippier having recently been acquired.

Watford have also been making a number of additions to their squad throughout the January transfer window and have been boosted by the fact that they are able to keep Emmanuel Dennis at Vicarage Road instead of losing him to the AFCON competition.

However, Claudio Ranieri’s side needs serious help and to improve massively on the pitch if they are to be able to pull off what many would be an exceptional escape.

Like Newcastle, the Hornets were dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend, thus allowing them to channel all of their focus onto the Premier League, but with their last victory coming in the incredible home performance against Manchester United in November, they have since gone on a run of six Premier League games without picking up a single point.

Admittedly, they have not had the easiest of fixture lists recently, with Chelsea, Manchester City, West Ham United, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur having all been faced, although some would suggest that they were unlucky not to have obtained anything from a few of those games.

Newcastle are thought to be favourites to win on Saturday, but it is a game both need to win.