Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 22, 2017
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Back to back defeats without scoring is not the start to Premier League life Brighton wanted. They must get at least a point on the board here or face accusations they are out of their depth. For Watford last week’s comfortable win at Bournemouth on the back of a point from six shared goals with Liverpool means Marco Silva’s men have already struck gold.
Brighton have the edge on Watford having won 43 to Watford’s 35 but have won none of the last five. The clubs haven’t met for two seasons but in their last five meetings there have been two 1-1 draws with Watford winning the other three meetings by a two goal margin each time.
Marco Silva has assembled such strength that going into their Carabao Cup game with Bristol City Troy Deeney, Etiene Capoue and new boy Will Hughes were still to start. Good cup performances would have these three pressing their claims for a Premier League place.
Brighton are strengthened by the return of Anthony Knockaert after ankle ligament trouble and is 19/2 for the first goal. The Seagulls also hope to land 21-year-old Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena having agreed a fee with FC Zurich but their main hope will be record signing Jose Izquierdo, pulled out of a potential cup debut to focus on being ready for The Hornets.
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion Preview and Predictions
Will this be the time Brighton belatedly show the style that took them to automatic promotion or if they fail again will a season of struggle be signalled with a third loss after two 2-0 defeats? The good news for Chris Hughton’s Seagulls is they aren’t facing moneybags Manchester City or the previous season’s champions Leicester. However Watford have made a bright start with their new signings already gellingt
In recent years Troy Deeney has been the man The Hornets have buzzed around but the Golden Boys talisman has been benched with big money buys Andre Gray and the physical magician Richarlson already looking inspired signings by Marco Silva.
With home advantage Watford are strong favourites at 19/20 while Brighton are at 7/2 with the odds on a draw at 13/5.
Albion have a midweek Carabao Cup tie against Barnet which seems the ideal opportunity to restore confidence and they will hope to take advantage and proceed to Vicarage Road with the intention of showing that after their long wait to play in the Premier League they are where they belong. Manager Chris Hughton is an astute tactician and while people might be ready to write off Brighton this is their chance to kick start the season.
The match to end as a 1-1 draw at 6/1.
Brighton’s improved firepower should help them break their duck against a defence that conceded three times in their previous home game but Watford’s strikers won’t be denied.
Watford to won 2-0 at 17/2
Brighton will be sick of that 2-0 score-line but are struggling at the higher level and Watford’s front two look lethal.