Chris Wood's Watford record analysed ahead of Newcastle United debut

By Kieran King

Chris Wood could be in line to make his Newcastle United debut when they host Watford this weekend.

The New Zealand international made the £25m move to the Magpies from Burnley on Thursday and has become Eddie Howe's second January signing following the arrival of Kieran Trippier last week.

Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League after winning just one of their opening 19 matches but they will be hoping Wood can help fire them to safety.

With Callum Wilson out until March, the 30-year-old can provide the Magpies with a focal point up front heading into the second half of the season.

Wood has registered in time to feature when the Magpies face Watford in a pivotal clash at the bottom of the division, with the Hornets two points above their opponents in the table.

It's safe to say it's an important game for both sides and Wood will be keen to get off the mark in his first game at St James' Park, but he must improve on his goal record against Watford.

Chris Wood scored on his first appearance against Watford back in August 2011. (Getty Images)

The former Leeds United talisman has scored just three goals in 15 appearances against the Hertfordshire side.

However, Wood found the net in his most recent meeting with the Hornets after he netted the second goal in a 3-0 win for Burnley at Vicarage Road in November 2019.

In actual fact, he hasn't actually scored at home versus Watford, with his two other goals coming in away matches with Birmingham City in 2011 and Leicester City in 2013.

Despite struggling to find the net against the Hornets, Wood boasts a pretty impressive winning record in the fixture, earning seven victories and losing just four times in 15 games.

He has been involved in some memorable matches when he's faced Watford, which included a 2-1 win back in April 2018 as Burnley finished in seventh in the Premier League.

There's no doubt that Saturday's game could be vital in the battle to stay in the top-flight and Newcastle can climb out of the bottom three with a victory against Claudio Ranieri's men.

The Magpies are searching for their first win since a 1-0 success over Wood's former club Burnley, while Watford have lost their last seven matches in all competitions.


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