The referee for Newcastle United’s Premier League encounter with Watford this weekend has been announced, and it spells somewhat positive news for Steve Bruce as he looks to build on the momentum from beating Tottenham Hotspur.
The Magpies have a poor record against the Hornets in recent years, with the Vicarage Road natives only tasting defeat in one of the last eight fixtures between the two sides across all competitions (11v11).
United’s win came in the last Premier League game to be played between Newcastle and Watford at St James’ Park, when a 65th-minute Ayoze Perez strike settled the fixture in favour of the hosts.
Hopes of Newcastle repeating that result may have been somewhat boosted amid news of the referee appointment, with the Premier League confirming that Graham Scott will take charge of proceedings on Saturday afternoon.
Assistants Neil Davies, Adrian Holmes and fourth official Michael Salisbury will join Scott in the North East, while Craig Pawson has been appointed as the VAR.
The key decision over who will officiate the Hornets’ trip to St James’ Park spells somewhat positive news for the Magpies, as Watford have not won a league game with Scott in charge since December 2015, when they beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light (TransferMarkt).
In the following seven top-flight fixtures where the Oxfordshire resident has held the whistle over Watford games, the Hertfordshire side have taken just a single point and have conceded at least two goals in all bar the 0-0 draw with Brighton.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have taken two wins, two draws and succumbed to two defeats across all competitions while Scott has been in charge during the same period (TransferMarkt), with both defeats dealt to the Tyneside outfit by Liverpool.
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