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

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Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League: Sat, 10/08  Stadium: Vicarage Road

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Watford are just about good enough value to back at 10/11 with Bet365 to kick off the season with all three points against their unpredictable opponents. Early season fixtures can produce a flurry of goals as teams struggle with fitness in the opening weeks, so over 2.5 goals at 11/10, again with Bet365 also looks appealing.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Watford take on Brighton in a less than glamorous start to the Premier League season for both sides, but each will feel they can come away with something to build on as the new campaign kicks off.

 

Brighton ring in the changes

The summer has seen plenty of upheaval at Brighton, as they start the new campaign with a new manager – Graham Potter. With a reputation primarily built with Swedish minnows Ostersund, he spent last season at Swansea City in the Championship, failing to inspire the Swans into a serious promotion push.

A step up to the Premier League will be a big challenge, particularly as he inherits a squad which came within a whisker of being relegated from the top flight last season, a campaign that was poorly sufficient to cost previous manager Chris Hughton his job.

 

Potter has been ringing in the changes in the transfer market, splashing out over £60 million on new signings. Whilst adding depth to the squad has been long overdue, Brighton fans may be slightly concerned by the unknown quantity of some of the signings – with the exception of on-loan Aaron Mooy none of the new acquisitions have any previous Premier League experience. Outstanding Championship talents such as forward Neal Maupay and defender Adam Webster will be ones to watch to see if they can translate the promise shown in the Championship into the Premier League.

 

Watford look set for another steady season

Watford were one of the success stories of last season, showing great consistency throughout the campaign alongside a run to the FA Cup final, which ended in ignominy as they went down 6-0 to Manchester City. That defeat did not mask the fact that Javi Gracia has built the Hornets into a very efficient side, with a good mixture of youth and experience. 

 

The experienced pair of defender Craig Dawson and striker Danny Welbeck have also joined, and on paper both look to be excellent additions given their proven Premier League experience and pedigree. However the exciting marquee signing was confirmed on Transfer Deadline Day, with winger Ismail Sarr arriving for £27 million, a great statement of intent from the Hornets as they look to muscle in on a top eight position this season.

 

Watford to have too much class?

Based on the performance and trajectories of both these respective teams last season, it is difficult to see the Seagulls getting much from this fixture. Their main hope may lie on catching the hosts cold on the opening day of the season, as on paper Watford look stronger in pretty much every position.

Brighton’s leaky defence of last season will need to hit the ground running not just in this game but across the entire campaign if the Seagulls are to avoid another relegation battle. They will be hard pressed to kick off this campaign with anything but an opening day defeat.

 

Watford are just about good enough value to back at 10/11 with Bet365 to kick off the season with all three points against their unpredictable opponents. Early season fixtures can produce a flurry of goals as teams struggle with fitness in the opening weeks, so over 2.5 goals at 11/10, again with Bet365 also looks appealing.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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