Brighton vs Watford prediction: Brighton 1-1 Watford
The new-manager bounce Watford experienced earlier in January seems to be well and truly over. The Hornets head into Saturday’s match on the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions.
These two sides are separated by three points at the lower end of the table, making this an early relegation six-pointer.
Brighton are still searching for their first win of 2020 in all competitions.
Brighton vs Watford: Who will win?
Brighton have only won one of their last 10 Premier League matches.
Six of Brighton’s last seven home league matches have featured two or fewer goals. Bet on under 2.5 goals at 10/11.
Glenn Murray opened his league account for the season last weekend and could start again on Saturday. Murray is 9/2 to open the scoring and 7/5 to score anytime.
Brighton vs Watford Premier League match preview
While half of the Premier League enjoys their winter break, Brighton host Watford at the Amex on Saturday.
Brighton came from 3-1 down to earn a point at West Ham last weekend. Goals from Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray secured a 3-3 draw, ending Brighton’s run of three straight away defeats. The draw keeps them 15th in the table on 26 points, two above the relegation zone.
Brighton have experienced mixed form at home this season, picking up 17 points from their 12 matches at the Amex. In fairness to the Seagulls, only four teams have lost fewer matches at home than them (3).
Can Watford rebound from the Everton comeback?
Watford gave up a two-goal lead at home to Everton last time out. Watford looked to be heading into half-time with a comfortable lead, thanks to goals from Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra. Yerry Mina had other ideas, scoring a brace in first-half stoppage time.
Despite going down to 10 men, Everton scored a late winner through Theo Walcott.
Watford remain 19th in the table, two points from safety and three behind Saturday’s opponents.
Watford’s away form is the third-worst in the division, with just two victories on the road. Only Norwich have scored fewer goals away from home than Watford (10).
These two sides have met five times in the Premier League, with Watford only winning on one occasion. Brighton were 3-0 away winners in the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season.
Florin Andone and Neal Maupay were on target that day. Last season’s corresponding fixture at the Amex ended in a goalless draw.
Brighton team news vs Watford
Graham Potter has a number of attacking options to choose from, but will be tempted to stick with the side which took a point at West Ham.
Glenn Murray made a scoring return to the starting eleven last weekend and could keep his place.
Anthony Connolly and Neal Maupay were unused substitutes, as were Steven Alzate and Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Solly March came off the bench at the London Stadium and could benefit from potential rotation
Dan Burn has a shoulder injury and is expected to miss out. Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Shane Duffy is back in training and could feature on the bench.
Watford team news vs Brighton
Nigel Pearson will be without defensive trio Daryl Janmaat, Kiko Femenia and Craig Dawson.
Nathaniel Chalobah is doubtful. The midfielder will be assessed after being forced off with a back injury against Everton.
Tom Cleverley and Ismaila Sarr are further injury doubts for the Hornets.
Nathaniel Chalobah was forced off through injury in the 3-2 loss to Everton last weekend with a back problem and the midfielder, along with Tom Cleverley and Ismaila Sarr, will be assessed.
Fit-again Danny Welbeck replaced Chalobah last weekend and could start on the right, with Roberto Pereyra moving centrally.
Winger Ignacio Pussetto made his Premier League debut last time out, coming off the bench to replace Gerard Deulofeu. Will Hughes and Andre Gray will be hoping for minutes after being unused substitutes against the Toffees.
Brighton predicted line-up vs Watford
Watford predicted line-up vs Brighton
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.