Brighton vs Watford Preview

Friday, February 7th, 2020 9:26am

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

An out of form Brighton welcome Nigel Pearson’s Watford to the Amex for Saturday’s evening kick-off.

Graham Potter’s men are without a league win in 2020, their last 3 points coming in late December when they beat Bournemouth 2-0 at home.

Brighton’s form at The Amex has been drastically better than their showings on the road, so they will approach the clash with significantly more confidence.

Watford however, are one of the worst sides in the league on the road this campaign. With just two away wins all season, The Hornets will know the size of the task they face. Conceding five goals in their last three games, they will have to tighten things up at the back to stand any chance of taking anything from the tie.

The mood around Vicarage round has drastically improved since Pearson’s arrival, as Watford sit fifth in the form table. With that being said, for the first time under Pearson’s reign there has been a slight dip in performance levels.

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Watford have lost their last two league outings, the most recent being a memorable collapse at home after being 2-0 up inside 42 minutes before losing 3-2 to a 10-man Everton.

As a result, the Hornets find themselves back in the relegation zone. But, a rare away win would see them level on points with Brighton and potentially out of the bottom three.

Brighton have received plenty of plaudits themselves this season, Potter’s playing style has earned him widespread praise from fans and pundits alike. With that being said, Brighton find themselves just 2 points from the bottom three themselves.

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The two sides met on the opening day of the season at Vicarage road, in a clash which saw Brighton run out 3-0 winners in Graham Potter’s first game in charge.

Team news:

Brighton

Jose Izquierdo remains on the sidelines, but the Seagulls can be boosted by the improved fitness of Dan Burn and Shane Duffy.

Watford

The Hornets injury list makes for much more grim reading, with Daryl Janmaat, Craig Dawson and Kiko Femenia all notable absentee’s.

Summer singing Ismaila Sarr also remains unavailable for selection as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury.

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