Kick-off: 1500, 11/08/2018
Stadium: Vicarage Road
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What Trueform says for Watford vs Brighton
Watford and Brighton finished last season with similar Trueform ratings and took part in two tight head-to-head Premier League tussles, so another cagey contest is on the cards when they open up this term.
There were no goals in a Vicarage Road clash just under 12 months ago, while only a Pascal Gross strike separated them at Amex Stadium just before Christmas.
We just have a sneaky feeling for the Hornets on this occasion, though, so 333/100 for a home win and under 2.5 goals is our first Watford vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos was shown a first-half red card when Watford only drew with Brighton at this venue last August, but they went on to do well at home in the second half of the season.
Chelsea, Everton, West Brom and Newcastle were all beaten at Vicarage Road from February onwards, after Javier Gracia had replaced Marco Silva.
There were also draws against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, with only Burnley leaving with maximum points in the last seven home fixtures.
Gracia has prioritised bolstering his rearguard during the transfer window, with goalkeeper Ben Foster coming in from West Brom, alongside defenders Adam Masina, Marc Navarro and Ben Wilmott.
Completing a permanent deal for loan star Gerard Deulofeu was a big boost at the other end and the Hornets appear in decent shape to hit the ground running, despite the departure of hot prospect Richarlison to Everton.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton did better than most pundits expected last season, ending up seven points clear of the relegation zone in 15th spot.
However, their away form will concern Chris Hughton, with no top-flight team scoring fewer goals on the road than Albion.
The Seagulls drew a blank in attack 12 times from 19 away matches in this competition, with just 11 of their 40 points picked up in those games.
Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh has come in from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar for around £17million, plus Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone has arrived on a five-year deal.
That duo and RB Leipzig defender Bernardo may need time to settle in, though, while Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma and South Africa striker Percy Tau have been signed with the future in mind.
We’re adding 25/4 for a 1-0 home win to our Watford vs Brighton betting tips.
Man Utd 1-0 WATFORD
Liverpool 4-0 BRIGHTON
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-0 Watford, Watford 0-0 Brighton
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