Preview - Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion 10 August 19

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Match Day 1
Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, August 10th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Watford: 
Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.55
Top Scorer (18/19): Gerard Deulofeu (10)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: D L D D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 0.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.58
Top Scorer (18/19): Glen Murray (13)


Brighton & Hove Albion's narrow escape from relegation was enough to cost Chris Hughton his job last season, and fans will be hoping they aren't made to sweat quite so much this time around under new boss Graham Potter. It's not the easiest of starts for the Seagulls though as they head to Vicarage Road to take on Javi Gracia's Watford.


Watford were fairly comfortable 2-0 winners in the game here last season, with the reverse fixture at the Amex ending in a goalless draw.


Watford have just the one confirmed absentee ahead of their opener, with Adalberto Peñaranda the man to miss out. Brighton aren't so fortunate as José Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto and Yves Bissouma are all side-lined.


The best bit of business Watford did over the summer was managing to keep hold of Abdoulaye Doucouré. With the addition of Danny Welbeck and record but Ismaila Sarr, they certainly have more options up front than last season and will be looking forward to another positive campaign.


This will be a new look Brighton side, with defensive stalwart Bruno now retired and key creative influence Anthony Knockaert having departed on loan to Fulham. Aaron Mooy is the man brought in to steer the midfield. The key to Brighton's season though may well be how well the untested Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard fare up front.


Potter is an astute tactician, and will no doubt have Brighton as well drilled as any side in the division. Tipped to go down by many, we wouldn't be surprised to see them do a little better than that and they can start with a positive result on the road.




Prediction: Watford 1 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  9 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession:  51% - 49%

Just the one booking at Vicarage Road, with Lewis Dunk of the away side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Craig Pawson.

There invariably is a shock or two on the opening weekend in the Premier League, and the big surprise so far came at Watford, as last seasons FA Cup finalists were brushed aside by Graham Potter's Brighton and Hove Albion.

Watford fell behind in the 28th minute to a goal they could have defended much better. Dale Stephens dinking a ball to the back post which was only half cleared to Pascal Gross. Gross side footing back across goal and Abdoulaye Doucouré attempting to clear but only succeeding in nutmegging his own keeper for the own goal.

0-1   at half-time.

Watford were beginning to grow into the game towards the end of the first half and they continued to turn the screw at the start of the second - Andre Gray being a little unfortunate to see an effort cleared off the line.

Brighton then doubled their advantage in the 65th minute. Davy Propper playing in an excellent low cross from the right and Florin Andone getting across his marker to fire in at the near post from the right corner of the six yard box.

12 minutes later Watford's hopes were well and truly extinguished. Pretty simple goal this one. Lewis Dunk allowed to advance towards the halfway line and split the Watford defence in two with a ball through the middle. Neil Maupay clean through on the left, taking the ball around the keeper and slotting home from 12 yards. 0-3 final score.

Spectacular start to the Graham Potter era for Brighton. Watford with plenty to work on.

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