The Hornets have made an impressive start to life under new manager Marco Silva, and they find themselves undefeated following two rounds of games. On Saturday, they will face newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road. The visitors, who are making their debut in Premier League this season, are without a point and have suffered defeats in their opening two games.
The Hornets started the season with an impressive last-minute 3-3 draw with Liverpool at home. Next weekend, they built up on their start with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth. However, an unexpected 3-2 home loss to Bristol City in League Cup on Tuesday must have deflated a bit of their confidence ahead of the game against the Seagulls. Meanwhile, a totally-changed Brighton side defeated League Two side Barnet 1-0 at home in the cup to register their first win of the season. Manager Chris Hughton will be hoping for the win to act as the catalyst for his side in the league. The South Coast club have lost their opening two games to Manchester City and Leicester City, and the trip to Watford would be their best opportunity yet this season to put some points on the board.
Last time these two sides faced each other in the league was during the 2014-15 Championship season and the corresponding fixture ended in a 1-1 draw.
Watford vs Brighton – Team News
The Hornets will be without the likes of Darryl Janmaat, Tommi Hoban, Younes Kaboul, and Mauro Zarate because of injuries. Striker Andre Gray has arrived from Burnley since Hornets’ last appearance in the league and he might earn his first start on Saturday. Hornets also lost Jose Holebas to a late red card in the cup defeat.
The Seagulls will be without Isaiah Brown, Beram Kayal, and Sam Baldock, but Steve Sidwell and Glenn Murray can return to the fold.
Watford vs Brighton – Match Facts
The Seagulls are one of the five sides yet to score a goal in Premier League this season.
Chris Hughton made eleven changes to his side in the midweek League Cup game.
Watford vs Brighton – Match odds
The hosts are favourites to win at the best odds of 20/21 while an away win is highly unlikely at 7/2 odds. A draw can get you 5/2 odds, but our preview is backing a home win as our prediction at Betvictor.
Watford vs Brighton – Correct Score odds
A 1-0 Watford win is the most likely result according to the bookmakers at 6/1 odds. However, our preview is backing a third-consecutive 2-0 defeat for the Seagulls as our prediction at 8/1 odds. You can get the best odds for our prediction at Bet365.
Watford vs Brighton – Over/Under 2.5 goals odds
Three of the four fixtures these sides have been involved in the league this season have ended with less than 2.5 goals, and our preview is backing the same prediction for this fixture. Our betting tip can get you best odds of ¾ at Betfair.
Watford vs Brighton – Anytime Goalscorer odds
Watford’s latest signing Andre Gray is the favourite to score on his Watford debut at 9/5 odds. Hornets skipper Troy Deeney can get you 11/5 odds while Seagulls striker Glenn Murray is available at slightly better odds of 11/4.
Our preview is backing Gray in this market and you can get the best odds for him at Paddypower.