Watford are still seeking their first victory under Roy Hodgson after going down 1-0 to West Ham in midweek. They sit in 19th place on 15 points with them having 16 games to play this campaign. Hodgson has tried to make them difficult to break down with just one goal from the first two matches played under him. If you look at their last five matches played it is just one goal scored for Watford.
At Vicarage Road, the Hornets have lost five successive matches and eight of their last ten a statistic they need to turn around if they are to stay up. The Hertfordshire side have not kept a clean sheet at home this season and not since February 2020 at home in the top-flight. It has been goalless going into the break in each of their last two in front of their own fans. Emmanuel Dennis has found the back of the net in three of his last six at Vicarage Road.
Brighton were scheduled to face Chelsea in midweek so have had a week to rest and recover from their last game. They were last in action last weekend when they lost 3-1 to Tottenham in the FA Cup. The South Coast outfit are ninth in the Premier League and are unbeaten in six with four of these finishing all-square. Danny Welbeck has scored in two of the last five Brighton league games.
On the road, the Seagulls are unbeaten in their last five league games with four of these ending honours even. Each of their last five and seven of their last nine away games have seen both teams score. In four of their last five away matches Brighton have scored an away goal in the final ten minutes. In just one of their last nine on their travels have Albion scored the opening goal.
Watford vs Brighton: Match Stats
Roy Hodgson has started by making Watford tough to break down with their last two games producing just one goal. Their last two games have been goalless at half-time and with around 60% of Brighton goals coming after the break then taking the game to be goalless at half-time looks the bet.
Tariq Lamptey should start with no game in midweek and the full-back plays more like a winger or inside forward than a full-back. The average heat-map positions for game he starts shows how pushed forward he is. It seems only a matter of time that he gets a goal and at double-figure prices he looks a value selection.
Watford vs Brighton: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Watford 1-1 Brighton
Watford vs Brighton: Match Odds
Watford vs Brighton: Head to Head
21 August 2021- Brighton 2-0 Watford- Premier League
08 February 2020 – Brighton 1-1 Watford – Premier League
10 August 2019 – Watford 0-3 Brighton – Premier League
02 February 2019 – Brighton 0-0 Watford – Premier League
11 August 2018 – Watford 2-0 Brighton – Premier League
The reverse fixture came in August and Brighton won that game 2-0 thanks to a goal each from Neal Maupay and Shane Duffy. It continues the head-to-head struggle for Watford who are winless in their last four against the Seagulls and won just one of the last seven. Neal Maupay has two in his last three versus the Hornets.