Brighton are yet to win a match in 2020 but do come into this one having secured a good point away to West Ham. The Seagulls host second-bottom Watford on Saturday and will be hoping to grab their first win of the year.
The Hornets threw away a two-goal advantage over Everton last time in a devastating 3-2 loss. Nigel Pearson will need to get his team up and buzzing for this to avoid slipping deeper into the drop zone.
Will either side manage to claim the points? Find out our predictions here.
Brighton vs Watford – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Amex Stadium
Kick Off Time: 17:30 GMT
Referee in Charge: Kevin Friend
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1. Subscribers can also catch the action on the go via the BT Sport app.
Brighton vs Watford – The Form Guide
Brighton fought back from two goals down to stun West Ham in London on Saturday. The Hammers looked to have secured all three points until the Seagulls fought back. Veteran striker Glenn Murray popped up with the equaliser in the 79th minute to make sure his side got a share of the spoils.
This was the third draw in the three games for Brighton, with losses in the other two. They haven’t quite got going this year yet and despite being 15th in the table are only two points from safety. This is largely down to their poor defensive record of late, keeping only one clean sheet in the last 13 games.
Watford did not fare as well as their rivals last weekend. Pearson’s side were in control of the first half and deservedly took a two-goal lead on the 42nd-minute mark. However, they somehow found themselves even going in at the break. They conceded two poor goals from a defensive point of view and were further punished for their sloppy play when Everton hit a stoppage-time winner.
This is the first time boss Nigel Pearson has lost back-to-back league games in this stint in charge. The Hornets pressed well and competed for much of the game, but it was lack of concentration that cost them. Pearson will be looking to avoid another defeat as to keep in touch with the other relegation-threatened sides.
What is the Team News?
Defender’s Shane Duffy and Dan Burn look set to sit this one on the sidelines for Graham Potter. Both are recovering from injuries and are expected to be rested ahead of the winter break, to give them time to recuperate.
Winger Jose Izquierdo is the only other absentee for the Seagulls. It is not yet known when he will return to the side.
Watford have a few players definitely ruled out. Defender Craig Dawson, Kiko Femenia and Daryl Janmaat won’t be fit in time.
There are doubts over Tom Cleverley, Ismaila Satt and Nathaniel Chalobah as well. All three of those players would be considered first-team choices, so it could be a real blow if they don’t make it in time.
Glenn Murray may be called back to the starting XI following his goal-scoring appearance at West Ham
Brighton Predicted Line-up: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Bernardo, Connolly, Stephens, Propper, Mooy, Trossard, Murray
Watford Predicted Line-up: Foster, Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Wellbeck, Capoue, Pereyra, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney
Brighton vs Watford Latest Odds
Watford have won only once in their last five matches with Brighton, and haven’t beaten them away since 2005. The Hornets are priced at 5/2 (3.5) to get their first win here in 20 years, and we think it’s decent value. The home side are being offered at EVS (2.0) with MoPlay and given home advantage, this makes sense.
If you fancy the draw, you’ll get odds of 9/4 (3.25) currently with MoPlay and that could hold some betting value.
Brighton vs Watford Score Prediction
In the last five meetings between these two sides, one team hasn’t scored. There has been one 0-0 and the others have been wins to nil. Brighton have conceded six in their last two and Watford five, and both have scored four times in that time too.
Because of that, we think that this will be the game that both teams find the net. Brighton start as the favorites, and although they came back to grab a draw in London they didn’t play particularly well. On top of that, they were poor in the game previous to that which was a 3-1 loss to Bournemouth.
Watford, on the other hand, were very unlucky to lose to Everton and it was moments of madness that cost them the points. Not only in the Everton game but also in the 2-1 loss to Aston Villa the week before when they were stung by another goal in stoppage time.
With this in mind – we’re tipping Watford to win. A 2-1 win for Watford at 23/2 (12.5) is our pick.
Brighton vs Watford Betting Tip
Glenn Murray scored the goal that earned Brighton a point last weekend. Remarkably, his goal contributions for the Seagulls now counts as over 26% of all of Brighton's Premier League goals. In saying that, this was his first of the campaign and Brighton have scored 29 from other players, including seven from top scorer Neal Maupay.
Watford have scored only 23 goals this campaign, but those have been coming in more recent games with their improved form. Pearson has done an excellent job since taking over, and beating Watford is no longer expected.
The Hornets recent performances have merited more rewards of late, while Brighton have had a few lucky escapes. Therefore, we're backing Watford.