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Brighton vs Watford betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

This article provides a preview, match predictions, and betting odds for  Brighton vs Watford in the Premier League on August 21, 2021
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Brighton vs Watford betting tips

This article covers Brighton vs Watford betting tips and predictions. These are the betting odds:

o – Brighton 0.7/1

o – Draw 2.5/1

o – Watford 4.75/1

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.


Brighton vs Watford: Match details

Match: Brighton vs Watford

Competition: Premier League

Date: August 21, 2021

Kick-off time: 5:30 pm, August 21, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: American Express Community Stadium

Brighton vs Watford betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

WATFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 28: The Watford crest is seen prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on October 28, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)


Betting prediction: Brighton 1-1 Watford

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Both Brighton and Watford secured three points on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, and this match-up presents a tricky one to predict. Three goals against a very solid Aston Villa side is impressive from Xisco’s Hornets, and the likes of Ismaila Sarr and Emmanuel Dennis could provide huge headaches for Graham Potter’s Seagulls. Conversely, Brighton is very difficult to break down, though much of their success will likely come down to their ability to tuck away the chances they create. On balance, a 1-1 draw at the Amex Community Stadium seems fair.

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Correct Score: Brighton 1-1 Watford (6/1 odds)

A scoring draw really does seem quite likely here. Both sides opened the season with wins while hitting multiple goals during proceedings. No one would expect Watford to keep many clean sheets this season, but they do have quite a few attacking options that could hurt you. Though they bagged two against Burnley, unless Brighton arrests their underperforming data from last season, it’s hard to see them regularly scoring more than a goal or two a game without an efficient finisher.

To Score Anytime: Ismaila Sarr (4.5/1 odds)

After bagging Watford’s second goal against Aston Villa last weekend, Ismaila Sarr looks good early doors in the season, and as threatening as ever. Pace, technical quality, and a penchant for driving play into the final third to get into a decent scoring position, Sarr could be a real thorn in Brighton’s side if he works the seams between Potter’s lines.

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Brighton vs Watford – recent form and head to head statistics

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Watford FC form
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City - 1:4
Norwich City vs Brighton & Hove Albion - 0:0
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal FC - 0:0
Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion - 1:1
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Swansea City - 2:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
Everton FC vs Watford FC - 2:5
Watford FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:5
Leeds United vs Watford FC - 1:0
Watford FC vs Newcastle United - 1:1
Watford FC vs Stoke City - 1:3
Last 5 games for Brighton & Hove Albion
October 23, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 4 Manchester City
October 16, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Norwich City 0 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
October 2, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 - 0 Arsenal FC
September 27, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
September 22, 2021 EFL Cup 21/22 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 - 0 Swansea City
Last 5 games for Watford FC
October 23, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Everton FC 2 - 5 Watford FC
October 16, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Watford FC 0 - 5 Liverpool FC
October 2, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Leeds United 1 - 0 Watford FC
September 25, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Watford FC 1 - 1 Newcastle United
September 21, 2021 EFL Cup 21/22 Watford FC 1 - 3 Stoke City
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Watford FC Premier League 21/22 form
Brighton & Hove Albion Watford FC
9 Matches played 9
4 Matches won 3
93 Goal attempts 83
34 Shots on goal 36
35 Shots off goal 31
50 Corner kicks 35
50% Average ball possession 41%
24 Shots blocked 16
23 Cards given 20
72 Free kicks 101
10 Offsides 13
7 Goals by foot 9
2 Goals by head 3
9 Goals scored 12
9 Goals conceded 17
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Watford FC statistics for most recent head to head matches
Brighton & Hove Albion Watford FC
22 Matches 22
11 Home Matches 11
11 Away Matches 11
22 Total Goals 20
1 Average Goals Scored 0.91
7 Wins 7
7 Losses 7
8 Draws 8
Last 5 games & match results between Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford FC
August 21, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 - 0 Watford FC
February 8, 2020 Premier League 19/20 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 1 Watford FC
August 10, 2019 Premier League 19/20 Watford FC 0 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion
February 2, 2019 Premier League 18/19 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 - 0 Watford FC
August 11, 2018 Premier League 18/19 Watford FC 2 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Brighton vs Watford: Match preview

Despite a solid opening weekend result against Burnley, Brighton boss Graham Potter still has a problem. And for once, it is not the ever-lasting issue about finding an efficient finisher.

There is an abundance of midfielders at the Amex Community Stadium this season, and while that may seem like a plus-point in a Premier League fixture program that is so often unforgiving, for a manager like Potter who does rely on stability while not rotating his side unless he truly needs to, this presents both a problem, and in turn avenues for solutions.

It remains important to be flexible in the Premier League, even if you do not have Europe on offer, and forced rotation based on continental fatigue and the additional match congestion. But perhaps striking the right balance, week in week out, could be the way forward for the Seagulls this term, as they look to prove that the club’s project under Potter will not end in vain.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Conor Gallagher during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. (Photo by Andrew Couldridge/PA Images via Getty Images)

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma (left) and West Bromwich Albion’s Conor Gallagher during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. (Photo by Andrew Couldridge/PA Images via Getty Images)

When you have that many options, you not only need to keep each player happy with appearances, but you have to find a way to make it work. That becomes even more difficult when you utilize two central midfielders, with one in Yves Bissouma who is untouchable in the matchday XI. If Potter considers tactical tweaks that could see Brighton deploy a three-man midfield, this could go a long way to open up avenues for others to fight for time on the pitch. Be that as it may, this early in the season, changes make little sense.

Watford in dreamland after matchday one win over Aston Villa

It all came off so brilliantly for Watford last weekend as they kick-started new life in the Premier League with a 3-2 win against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road, including debut goals for Nigerian center forward Emmanuel Dennis and Cucho Hernández, while Ismaila Sarr was at his most influential once more.

Brighton vs Watford betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford FC at Vitality Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Under former Spain U21 midfielder Xisco, Watford could turn a head or two this season, after the Hornets brought in no less than nine players in the summer window, offering an additive blend of youth and experience.

There is generally so little that you can take away from a matchday one win, especially when coming up against a stubborn opponent in the mold of Brighton, so perhaps the most important aspect of the early days of Xisco’s regime is to allow his most influential players to express themselves while also finding the right tactical balance that can give his team credible chance creation while not leaving them terribly exposed at the back.

History has shown many times that promoted clubs that successfully avoid an immediate return to the Championship often do so by making sure that they are stout at the back, while using pace and incisive play when on the ball to hit their opponents quickly. Watford did this successfully against Villa, seeing just ~38% of the ball but bagging three goals courtesy of a match-leading 13 shots. As long as this balance remains, Watford should be just fine and could certainly be in line for at least a point on their travels tomorrow.


Brighton team news vs Watford

Graham Potter may not feel a need to change too much from the side that came back to earn all three points against Burnley last weekend.

Brighton’s selection issues persist, however, with Danny Welbeck, Tariq Lamptey, Dan Burn, and Kjell Scherpen all unavailable.

Joêl Veltman should at least make the bench after recovering from Covid-19, while Aaron Connolly could also make the bench if he returns from a personal matter.

Watford team news vs Brighton

Watford boss Xisco will look to keep things moving after the Hornets opened their Premier League campaign with a 3-2 win against Aston Villa.

Though he regains Kiko Femenia and Josh King, the Spanish manager will be without João Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah, and could also contend with summer signing Juraj Kucka missing proceedings as the Slovakian midfielder is listed as a doubt. Loan acquisition Ozan Tufan could replace him and make his competitive debut for Watford if he makes the grade.



Predicted Brighton line-up vs Watford

Brighton vs Watford betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds


Predicted Watford line-up vs Brighton

Brighton vs Watford betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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The Premier League table as it stands:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 7 1 1 23 3 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 6 3 0 27 6 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 6 2 1 20 4 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 5 2 2 16 10 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 4 3 2 9 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 5 0 4 9 13 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 4 2 3 16 15 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 4 2 3 15 14 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 4 2 3 15 15 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 4 2 3 10 13 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 4 1 4 9 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 3 3 3 11 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 3 1 5 13 15 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 3 1 5 12 17 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 1 6 2 11 14 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 1 5 3 8 12 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 1 4 4 8 16 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 0 4 5 7 15 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 0 4 5 11 20 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 0 2 7 2 23 -21 2
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Brighton vs Watford betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

What time is kick off between Brighton vs Watford?

16:30, Saturday 21 August 2021

What is the prediction for Brighton vs Watford?

Brighton 1-1 Watford

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