A relegation six-pointer takes centre stage in East Sussex as Brighton, winless in their last five league games host Watford who are second from bottom and have seen their revival tail off.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 8th, February
Kick-off: 18:30 pm
Venue: Amex Stadium
TV Channel: BT Sport
Brighton fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 3-3 at West Ham last weekend, a performance which showed resolve aplenty but the defensive lapses were yet again laid bare. The Seagulls have conceded in all of their last five league games, and have not managed to win any of those.
Moreso, a run of just one win in ten top flight games have left them only two points adrift the relegation zone. The pressure to avoid the drop is surely back on Graham Potter.
Watford are on a free fall for the better part of this year, and it is looking as though Nigel Pearson’s magic has evaporated. Successive losses to Aston Villa and lately Everton have badly affected their chances of top flight survival, though they are still two points from safety.
The Hornets looked headed for an important home victory versus the Tofees last time out after Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra had put them 2-0 up, but somehow managed to throw away the healthy lead and lose their 12th league game.
The last time these two met here saw a drab affair end scoreless, and one can be certain a cagey contest will suffice yet again.
The duo of Jose Izquierdo and Dan Burn are sidelined for the hosts. Shane Duffy could return.
Daryl Janmaat, Kiko Femenia and
Craig Dawson are all unavailable for the trip to the Amex.
Nathaniel Chalobah came off injured against Everton last time and is a major doubt for the Hornets.
Tom Cleverley and Ismaila Sarr will face late fitness tests closer to kick-off.
Head to Head
In 115 previous competitive meetings, Brighton have 45 wins to Watford’s 36. 34 games have been drawn.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of Brighton’s last seven home league games.
There have been under 2.5 goals in the last four games between Brighton and Watford at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton are winless in nine of their last ten Premier League games.
Brighton will take solace from the fight back at West Ham last time out, but two losses in a winless run of five league games is telling. Brighton’s last five league games (DLDLD)
Watford have lost all of their last three games in all competitions, including their last two in the top flight. Can they swing things back in their favour starting from this one? Watford’s last five league games (WWDLL)
The structure of this game makes the goals market worth opposing here, as two sides currently off colour meet. Brighton showed they can be dangerous going forward at West Ham, while Watford looked comfortable up until their implosion before the break versus Everton.
However, I think we might not see so much of the best attacking moves from this one, so under 2.5 at 10/11 is a worthy one to take.
Then again, you have to give serious thought to a ‘NO’ for Both Teams To Score which is prized for the same odds.
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