It was a dream start to the Premier League for both of these sides, but their respective triumphs contrasted greatly in style, and application. Watford marked their top-flight return with a resounding 3-2 win over Aston Villa, with that slender margin flattering the away side in the end, while Brighton fought back to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
Xisco’s Hornets honoured their annual Graham Taylor day by finding themselves up 3-0 by the hour mark, a scenario few fans envisaged on their return to Vicarage Road, and while Villa netted twice, including a last-minute penalty through Danny Ings, it was a convincing triumph for the newly-promoted club.
Brighton were having no such joy when the hour mark flashed in Lancashire, with Sean Dyche’s men leading 1-0 through an early James Tarkowski goal, but a five-minute flourish turned the game on its head and the visitors found themselves 2-1 up with 10 minutes to go, beginning life post-Ben White in fine fashion.
Those results just take the pressure off this contest slightly, but neither side will be resting on their laurels when they meet at the Amex. The Premier League can be an unforgiving terrain, so momentum is key, and a win for either side will have fans dreaming of a potential fairytale season.
Brighton vs Watford: Match Stats
Brighton have never lost a home match against Watford in the top-flight, with just five goals scored in total in these four matches, so this will likely be a cagey affair between two sides not allergic to playing expansive football, but cautious and wary to the attacking threats of one another.
In Ismaila Sarr, Watford have a player who has scored five goals in his last six league appearances and is looking to bag in three consecutive league games for the very first time, while Brighton boast Neal Maupay, who scored his first ever goal in the Premier League against the Hornets in August 2019.
Brighton vs Watford: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Brighton 2-1 Watford
Brighton vs Watford: Odds
Brighton vs Watford: Head to Head
08 Feb 2020 – Brighton 1-1 Watford – Premier League
10 Aug 2019 – Watford 0-3 Brighton – Premier League
02 Feb 2019 – Brighton 0-0 Watford – Premier League
11 Aug 2018 – Watford 2-0 Brighton – Premier League
23 Dec 2017 – Brighton 1-0 Watford – Premier League
The last two fixtures on the South Coast ended in a draw, with Watford forfeiting what looked like a certain win in their relegation campaign after Adrian Mariappa netted an own goal in the final 10 minutes, cancelling out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s opener.