Brighton v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 31, 2019
AMEX Stadium - Premier League
Chris Hughton's Brighton welcome Watford to the south coast, with the Seagulls looking to turn their fortunes around following a poor run of form.
Watford won 2-0 at Vicarage Road when these two sides met back on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with Roberto Pereya scoring both goals.
Brighton won 1-0 when they faced each other at the AMEX Stadium last season.
Brighton should be able to welcome back defender Bernardo after he recovered from a thigh injury, but Jose Izuierdo and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both out of action.
Watford will have key midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure back from injury, but Sebastian Prodl and Kiko Femenia are both sidelined through injury
Brighton v Watford Preview and Predictions
Hughton's side surrendered a two goal lead away at Fulham in their last game, eventually losing 4-2, in their third Premier League defeat in a row. The Seagulls need to get back on track after that poor sequence of results has reentered them into the relegation battle in the coming weeks.
Watford, who also threw away a lead in their last game, are not in great form either, with just one win in their last four Premier League games. Javi Gracia's side have also impressed in their away games, and they are unbeaten in their last four league games on the road, ahead of this weekend.
Given Watford's relatively solid away form and Brighton's need for points this weekend, the likelihood is that they will cancel each other out - and a draw is priced at 11/5. Neither side are in great goal scoring form at the moment, with three goals each in their last three league games. With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored is at 10/11.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Brighton need to get points on the board in the next month if they are to stave off any lingering doubts over a potential relegation scrap before the end of the season. Watford are aiming for a Europa League spot, and a point will help them keep going towards that.
Glenn Murray to score first at 9/2
Murray netted twice inside the first 20 minutes in their defeat away at Fulham, and the veteran striker has scored 10 goals so far this season, twice as many as any player in either squad - other than Pereya, who has 6.