Preview - Watford vs Brighton 11 August 18

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Match Day 1
Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: L D L W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.68
Top Scorer 17/18: Abdoulaye Doucouré (7)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: D D W L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.89
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.42
Top Scorer 17/18: Glenn Murray (12)

Brighton travel to London on Match Day 1 in the Premier League to take on Javi Gracia'a Watford side.

The big departure at Watford over the summer was the Brazilian Richarlison who has followed former Watford boss Marco Silva to Everton. Swedish international Ken Sema has been signed to hopefully replace the wide threat of Richarlison.

Few sides have been busier than Brighton over the summer, with no fewer than 16 new signings joining Chris Hughton's outfit. The likes of Leon Balogun and Florin Andone should certainly boost the quality in the Seagulls ranks, whilst Alireza Jahanbakhsh looks to have all the attributes required to play a starring role.

There was only one point between these sides last season, suggesting we could be in for a closely fought encounter at Vicarage Road. That was certainly the case in the clashes between the sides last year, with this game ending in a goalless draw and Brighton nicking the points at home with a 1-0 win.

We are really impressed with the business Brighton have conducted over the summer months, - particularly in the attacking side of the game - and would fancy them to finish above Watford this term. They can take the first step towards doing just that by coming away from Vicarage Road with all three points.

Prediction: Watford 1 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  11 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 8 - 2
Possession: 56% - 44%

Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas saw yellow for Watford, with Brighton's Dale Stephens and Bernardo also having their names taken by referee Jon Moss.

The opener came in the 35th minute through a well worked corner. Jose Holebas picking out Roberto Perreyra around the penalty spot. Stunning first-time volley from Perreyra which simply had too much power for Mathew Ryan to keep out.

Not content with scoring one wonderful goal, Perreyra added another in the 54th minute to really put this game to bed. Picking the ball up on the right-hand side just outside the 18 yard box, he raced into the area before opening up his body and finishing into the far corner. It must be said that the Brighton defending left a lot to be desired though.

In truth Brighton never really threatened to get back into this, a fact well illustrated by the fact they had just a solitary shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes of action. Big summer signing Alireza Jahanbaksh was given twenty minutes to attempt to rescue his side, but was unable to alter the course of the game.

Watford were one of the sides we had reservations about headed into this season, whilst Brighton looked well placed to progress following their active summer in the transfer market. On this evidence though, things may well be the other way around.

In fairness to Brighton, there's inevitably a bedding in period following the arrival of so my new players, but they are going to need to play much, much better than this.

Watford for their part weren't always god to watch, but what they were is effective.

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