Brighton v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 19, 2017

- Grant Whittington

American Express Community Stadium – Premier League

Brighton host Watford this weekend in the Premier League, with both sides suffering their worst run of results so far. Having been widely praised earlier in the season, neither team has a win in their last five games, with Brighton just three points above the relegation zone.

Past Meetings

The two sides’ first meeting in the Premier League came on the third match-day of the season, and ended with a scoreless draw. In the Championship, however, Watford have very much had the better of the two sides, winning three and drawing two of the last five encounters.

Team News

The Brighton treatment room is very quiet at the moment, with Steve Sidwell the only man out not available for Chris Hughton.

Marco Silva on the other hand, has a severely limited squad to choose from, with Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Craig Cathcat, Younes Kaboul, Stefano Okaka and Kiko Femenia all out. To make matters worse, the manager will also have to do without Captain Troy Deeney following a red card in his last match, joining teammate Marvin Zeegalaar. On a more positive note, Isaac Success and Miguel Britos could make their return from injury against Brighton, after a long spell on the sidelines.

Brighton v Watford Preview and Predictions

The relegation battle this season is closer than ever, however, if asked a month ago who would be part of it, very few would’ve picked Brighton. However, having taken just three points from their last seven matches, it looks like the Seagulls will be candidates in many mid-season predictions.

In their last run out, a 0-0 draw with Burnley, Brighton certainly showed signs of a revival, hitting the post and missing a penalty against a side that has been widely praised. Unfortunately, nearly isn’t going to keep Hughton’s side safe, and goalscoring has been a real concern in recent weeks, having scored just one in their past six games.

Having enjoyed a strong run of form in October, both Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray have gone off the boil, which is reflected in their being 12/5 and 21/10 respectively to score anytime.

Watford remain four points above their weekend opponents, and wont be too worried about the threat of relegation, but, having spent time in the top four this season, will resent having to look down rather than up. Recent results have been poor for the Hornets, with consecutive losses to Crystal Palace and Huddersfield.

Injuries have doubtless played a part in this decline, especially during a hectic winter schedule, however, it is worth noting that it happened around the time that Marco Silva was approached for the Everton job. Whether or not the manager has lost faith in his players, or potentially vice-versa, could well be made clear in this match.

With Brighton 6/4 favorites, Saturday’s match will definitely not be decided on form alone, and could provide the spark for either team’s resurgence for the second half of the season.

Recommended Bets

1-1 to be the final score at 5/1

Neither side is playing well at the moment, and will both be content just to end a run of loses - particularly as the busy Christmas and New Year period gets under way.

Richarlison to score anytime at 13/5

With Deeney out, a lot of impetus will be on the Brazilian to take up the attacking burden and he has already more than carried his end this season.

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