Watford welcome Newcastle to Vicarage Road for both club's final game of 2018, as both sides look to avenge Boxing day defeats.
Javi Gracia's Hornets were narrowly beaten at home by Chelsea thanks to an Eden Hazard brace.
We take the positives and go into the next game! Thank you for the support. pic.twitter.com/2eGdsAEOAX— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) 27 December 2018
Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez's side were thumped 4-0 at his former club Liverpool, leaving the Magpies just five points above the relegation zone.
Looking to finish the first half of the season with aplomb, both sides will be gunning for maximum points.
Here's 90min's breakdown of the clash.
Where To Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 29 December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Vicarage Road|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday/Live Score|
Watford are likely to be without defender Christian Kabesele following a nasty looking collision with the woodwork last time out. The Belgium international received lengthy treatment, before being replaced and taken to hospital.
Good morning everybody .Hopefully nothing broken but still have big pain洛 Great gesture of the goal post who visited me at hospital 來 Thank you for your messages I hope to be back as soon as possible #watfordfc— Christian Kabasele (@chriskabasele27) 27 December 2018
Meanwhile, Benitez will look to freshen up his squad once more after his controversial decision to make six changes in the defeat on Wednesday.
Duo Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon are pushing for starts, whilst defender DeAndre Yedlin returns after a three-game suspension.
|Watford||Foster; Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue, Quina, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.|
|Newcastle||Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ritchie, Kenedy, Ki, Diame, Perez, Rondon.|
Head to Head Record
The sides have met on nine occasions in the top flight, with Watford boasting four wins in the last five against their opponents.
Sitting ninth on 27 points, Watford have shown vast signs of improvement this season under Javi Gracia.
Recent wins over Cardiff City and West Ham were particularly pleasing on the eye. Attacking duo Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu have been the stand-out players, with the former netting his sixth goal in 19 outings last time out - one more goal than he managed during the entirety of last term.
In contrast, the Tyneside outfit have largely struggled in another arduous campaign in the top flight. Poor form either side of a mini four-game unbeaten streak has seen Benitez's men slump to 15th and nervously looking over their shoulder as they face three of the top six in their next five games.
One positive is the form of on-loan West Brom man Rondon, who has single handedly given his side seven points from his four goals in 13 appearances.
Here's how each side has fared in their last five fixtures:
|Watford 1-2 Chelsea (26/12)||Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle (26/12)|
|West Ham 0-2 Watford (22/12)||Newcastle 0-0 Fulham (22/12)|
|Watford 3-2 Cardiff (15/12)||Huddersfield 0-1 Newcastle (15/12)|
|Everton 2-2 Watford (10/12)||Newcastle 1-2 Wolves (09/12)|
|Leicester City 2-0 Watford (04/12)||Everton 1-1 Newcastle (05/12)|
As alluded to, free-scoring Watford have most importantly defeated the sides closest to them in the division.
Meanwhile, as well as the unpredictibility of Benitez's lineup, his side look stark of confidence at this present time.
Having scored 13 more goals than their opponents, the Hornets are the most likely victors in this encounter.
Prediction: Watford 3-1 Newcastle
Source : 90min