Brighton travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in their 3rd game of the Premier League, still looking for their first points of the season.
Watford Team News;
Watford will be without Jose Holebas after he was sent off in midweek against Bristol City. They are also without a number of key players; Younes Kaboul, Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate all miss the visit of the Seagulls.
Last Time Out;
Watford were defeated in the Carabao Cup by Bristol City, and the first PL team to be knocked out. After Etienne Capoue opened the scoring, City scored through Freddie Hinds, Bobby Reid, and Niclas Eliasson. Holebas was sent off between the 2nd and 3rd City goals, before Adrian Mariappa scored a consolation goal late on.
Top Scorer; Capoue (2)
Form; D, W, L
FACT; Andre Gray has scored in his previous 4 starts against the Seagulls.
Brighton Team News;
Brighton will have Jose Izquierdo available for the first time, after he received his international clearance during the week, although he is expected to be named as a sub. Anthony Knockaert is in line for his first PL start for the Seagulls, while Steve Sidwell is back after missing out last week’s loss at Leicester; Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are both still unavailable.
Last Time Out;
Brighton progressed into the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup after beating Barnet, thanks to a early second half strike from 19 year old James Tilley; it was his first senior goal for the club.
Top Scorer; Tilley (1)
Form; L, L, W
FACT; Brighton have won just once in their last 30 top-flight away matches; the last win was at Swansea back in 1983.
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - WFC (25/4/15);
Brighton went down 2-0 to the Hornets, as they secured promotion back to the Premier League thanks to goals from Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra.
Brighton have won 43 of the 110 games played between the 2 sides, with Watford winning 35 times. Watford are unbeaten against Brighton in the last 5 games, winning 3 of them, and Brighton’s last win against Saturdays opponents was back in 2012 at Vicarage Road.
Watford Likely Line-Up;
Britos, Kiko, Prodl, Mason;
Cleverly, Chalobah, Doucoure;
Amrabat, Gray, Richardlison;
Brighton Likely Line-Up;
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;
Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Murphy;
Watford 1-1 Brighton