Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Brighton Hove Albion v Watford

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Saturday, February 8, 2020


Amex Stadium

Punter's Pick

Watford have come up with a method and style to pick up results since Nigel Pearson took over, whilst Brighton have all but ground to a halt – the away side look an appealing 5/2 with Betfair to pick up all three points against a nervous and edgy home side who only have six wins all season to their credit.

Neither side looks particularly secure at the back, so there should be plenty of excitement and goals on offer – Bet365 are offering 10/11 on 2.5 goals and over, with both teams to score at 4/5 also looking a realistic outcome.

A tasty teatime treat at the Amex Stadium on Saturday sees a proverbial six pointer between relegation haunted Brighton and Watford, in a game neither side dare loses in their quest to remain in the top flight.

Time for substance over style for home side?

Brighton have drawn plenty of praise for their style of football this season, with new manager Graham Potter overseeing a real shift to a possession based game compared to the direct approach favoured under his predecessor Chris Hughton. Although easy on the eye, the change in style has not translated into favourable results, with Brighton’s haul of six wins in the league this season only above Norwich (four) and ironically Saturday’s visitors Watford (five).

Unfortunately for Potter plaudits do not equal points, and with his side sitting just two points outside the relegation zone the question remains will the Seagulls manager hold his nerve and stick to his principles, or will some style have to be sacrificed in the relegation run in to secure vital points?

Watford meltdown to leave mental scars?

Watford contrived to through away a two-goal lead last weekend at home to Everton to lose 3-2 to a late Theo Walcott strike, their misery compounded by the fact they were playing against ten men for a large part of the game. That defeat mean they only have one point to show for their last three games played, as some of the optimism and bounce effect of appointing Nigel Pearson as manager begins to wear off.

A win against Everton would have lifted the Hornets out of the relegation places, such is the congested nature at the bottom, so they will feel the damage can be repaired, starting with this fixture against Brighton. The question will be can Pearson rally his troops after the disappointment of last weekend, with many of his players appearing crestfallen at the final whistle.

Team News

Brighton will again be without the services of Jose Izquierdo through injury, but Shane Duffy and Dan Burn are making progress in their recovery from injury, with Burn having an outside chance of featuring on Saturday. Glen Murray will also be pushing for a place in the starting XI after coming off the bench and rescuing a point against West Ham last weekend.

It is mixed news for Watford, with veterans Tom Cleverley – out of contention since October through injury, and Danny Welbeck back in the mix for a place in the starting XI. Ismaila Sarr is likely to be ruled out again with a hamstring problem, alongside defensive trio Daryl Janmaat, Craig Dawson and Kiko Femenia.

Watford to turn the tables?

The reverse fixture on the opening day of the season saw Brighton run out comfortable 3-0 winners at Vicarage Road, and although they would love a similar result at home, Watford are likely to provide a much sterner test compared to the shambolic performance back in August. Despite the disappointing loss against Everton last weekend, the Hornets have been picking up points against the teams in and around them, and it would be no surprise if they turned over a Brighton side without a win in their last six league and cup games.

Punter's Pick

Watford have come up with a method and style to pick up results since Nigel Pearson took over, whilst Brighton have all but ground to a halt – the away side look an appealing 5/2 with Betfair to pick up all three points against a nervous and edgy home side who only have six wins all season to their credit.

Neither side looks particularly secure at the back, so there should be plenty of excitement and goals on offer – Bet365 are offering 10/11 on 2.5 goals and over, with both teams to score at 4/5 also looking a realistic outcome.

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