England Premier League
Saturday 8th February 2020
Kick off at 5:30pm GMT
Venue: Amex Stadium
Brighton are just not getting the wins together and there is a real danger that they could be sucked into the relegation zone.
Currently Graham Potter’s side are in 15th position and are just two points from safety. Their last game would have been encouraging despite their poor form as they came back from 3-1 down at West Ham to draw 3-3. The dressing room surely would have been rocking and the club would have looked at that result as if they had won. It was good news for Glenn Murray in particular, the striker needs more goals and he got the equaliser.
At home Brighton have not been poor or good but they have gone their last 3 games without defeat, with their last 2 at the Amex being draws, and their last being against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
Watford looked like they had secured a miraculous recovery under Nigel Pearson but they have hit a wall so to speak in recent weeks and need to surge back up. Last weekend they were cruising against Everton at home, leading 2-0 but lost the game 3-2. This result has left the club in 19th place but they are just two points from safety and will surely still have belief. Still the last few weeks have probably brought the players back down with a thud after their fantastic run. The question is, can Pearson rekindle the belief?
Away from home the club have been poor, even with Pearson in charge, and have just 1 win from their last five games. They have lost 7 from 12 overall.
Brighton: Steven Alzate could return after a groin injury. Dan Burn has recovered from his initial shoulder injury and will be assessed ahead of the match to see if he can play. Shane Duffy has a good chance to play after his shin injury kept him out of the West Ham match.
Watford: Craig Dawson is being tipped to be fine after picking up a knock. Ismaila Sarr will miss this game with a muscle injury.
Brighton vs Watford Head to Head:
Last season this fixture ended 0-0.
In the reverse fixture earlier in the season Brighton won 3-0.
There is a 70% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Brighton vs Watford Prediction:
This will be a very cautious game and the one team having to take risks will be Watford. Brighton are still in a safe position and with Watford having to come forward Brightom will be able to expose them and find the gaps. This would take a vintage display from the away side to attack under pressure from the first whistle to get back to winning ways away from home and not suffer some consequences. There really isn’t much between the teams and this game could well be about Watford playing into Brighton’s hands. Therefore we feel Brighton could well shade this match but will also cover the draw for extra security.
Brighton vs Watford Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (0.0 Brighton) at 1.53
Anytime goalscorer: Glenn Murray at 2.50