Kick-off: 1500, 10/08/2019
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Watford got off to a flying start in the Premier League last season by beating Brighton at Vicarage Road and are fancied to repeat the trick this term.
The Hornets went on to win their first four top-flight fixtures, before ultimately finishing in a comfortable mid-table position and reaching the FA Cup final.
Albion only just avoided relegation, so 9/10 for a home win again is our opening Watford vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford would probably have ended up in the top half of the table but for being distracted by their cup exploits, which led to three straight league losses at the close of the campaign.
Javier Gracia’s men were then hit for six by Manchester City at Wembley, but look well placed for another solid season.
The capture of West Brom centre-half Craig Dawson will toughen up a defence which can sometimes be a touch fragile.
“He’s a very good professional and a very good player for us,” said Gracia. “He’s the right player for us with his personality and quality. I’m sure he will help us a lot this season.”
Teenage midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru is an interesting recruit after failing to make the grade at City and adds yet more athleticism to that area.
However, the real coup could come with the capture of former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, who has won 42 caps for England despite seeing his career blighted by injury problems.
The Hornets netted 12 times in beating last season’s bottom four teams, so 11/5 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in this game catches the eye from the Watford vs Brighton odds.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Chris Hughton paid the price for Brighton finishing just one place above the drop zone, having failed to win any of their last nine league fixtures.
Graham Potter has been brought in from Swansea and Albion fans will no doubt be hoping for more positive tactics this term.
The Seagulls have cleared out a number of fringe players and the capture of midfielder Leandro Trossard is a good sign.
Potter said: “He’s an attack-minded player who had a very impressive season last year in helping Genk win the league title in Belgium.
“At 24, he also brings good experience, having captained the side and featured many times in the Europa League.”
Another positive move sees French striker Neal Maupay come in for around £20m after scoring 25 times for Brentford in the Championship last season.
Bristol City defender Adam Webster had a similar price tag, centre-half Matt Clarke arrives from Portsmouth, while Taylor Richards joins from Manchester City after struggling to break through there.
Albion do have enough talent to fare better than last term, but this is a tricky place to start.
Let’s finish off our Watford vs Brighton betting tips by taking 333/100 for a home win and both teams to score.
Man City 6-0 WATFORD
BRIGHTON 1-4 Man City – Glenn Murray
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-0 Watford, Watford 2-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 Watford, Watford 0-0 Brighton
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