Watford 2-0 @ 8/1
Watford to win or draw
Watford vs Brighton predictions for Saturday’s Premier League tie at Vicarage Road. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Brighton look to get off to a good start in the 2019/20 Premier League when they visit Watford. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
An uncharacteristic season of stability descended upon Vicarage Road last season, with Javi Gracia avoiding the notoriously heavy axe of the Watford hierarchy and posting an impressive result in his first full season in charge of the Hornets. They ended the campaign 11th in the table, but were only 7 points adrift of 7th placed Wolves.
Transfer deadline day saw Watford’s previously inactive summer light up, with the £27m capture of highly rated Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr making up for the fact that Craig Dawson was previously their biggest expense of the window. That being said, most will just be happy to have kept this promising looking squad together, and a top half finish certainly isn’t beyond their capabilities.
Brighton’s aspirations are somewhat more modest. After finishing just 2 points above 18th placed Cardiff last season, The Seagulls’ only goal will be to avoid relegation again in an increasingly competitive league. Considering some of their performances last season, this is far from an easy task for Graham Potter.
The visitors’ continued reliance on the ageing Glenn Murray is the major sticking point for them. They scored just 35 league goals last season, with Murray bagging over half of them himself and getting very little attacking support in general. Potter will hope that £18m signings of Leandro Tossard and Neal Maupay will combat this, but it’s clear that Brighton are lacking creative talent all over the pitch.
The Seagulls’ away form last year was marginally better than their debut Premier League campaign, but it’s still a major concern. In fact, since hitting the lofty heights of the top flight in 2017, they have won just 5 away games from a possible 38. 24 of these have ended in defeat, and they’re facing a Watford side who won 8 of their home games last season and only lost 3 games against teams outside the top 6.
We think the odds on offer for a Watford Win on Saturday look very generous given Brighton’s torrid away record, so we’re backing that. It’s also interesting to note that Brighton have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 competitive meetings with Watford, and considering their poor attacking prospects we think a 2-0 win for the Hornets is on the cards.