Brighton and Hove Albion are 13th in the Premier League and seven points above the relegation zone. Current form is a major worry though and unless they can get back into winning ways, a relegation battle may yet be on the cards. They host Watford on Saturday February 2 who are ninth in the table.

Latest odds

The panic button hasn’t been hit yet but after three league defeats in a row, Brighton and Hove Albion need some points on the table as soon as possible. They are 13th in the table and seven points above the relegation zone. With teams below, them starting to find form, a relegation battle cannot be ruled out.

There didn’t seem to be any worries when they led 2-0 at Fulham on Tuesday evening. Then a nightmare second-half display saw them lose 4-2 to the relegation-threatened London team. It’s not the first time they have let slip a 2-0 lead, they did the same at West Ham on January 2 and ended up being held to a draw.

Only one of their last nine league games have been won. If you think, they can get three points against Watford, there are odds of 6/4 (2.5) at SkyBet. 

Watford are ninth in the Premier League and that’s only two points behind the seventh place that could get them into the Europa League. Just like their opponents, Watford gave away a lead in midweek. They were 1-0 up at Tottenham before conceding two late goals. 

That loss ended a run of four league games without defeat. However, three of those games had ended in a draw and they have only won one of their last six in the league. It’s 23/10 (3.3) that this match against Brighton and Hove Albion ends all-square. 

Head to Head

Brighton and Hove Albion have only won one of their last eight games against Watford. The last seven games between these two sides have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them. You can get odds of 4/6 (1.66) at William Hill on it becoming eight after this game. 

Team News

Left-back Bernardo may make his return for Brighton after a five-game absence. The Asian Cup is over so winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is available again. Watford are likely to be without Abdoulaye Doucoure and Tom Cleverly may be rested.

An Away Goal is Likely

Watford have scored in each of their last five away league games so there’s a good chance they’ll get on the scoresheet. There are odds of 2/5 (1.4) on them scoring in this match.

Winning from Behind

With both teams letting slip leads in their midweek fixtures, could that happen again on Saturday?  It’s 13/1 (14.0) at Unibet that Brighton do that and 14/1 (15.0) that Watford go behind but go on to win the match.

Both Teams to Score?

Both teams have scored in four of the last five Watford away league games. Four of the last six Brighton home games have seen both teams score. It’s 4/5 (1.8) at BetVictor that both Brighton and Watford score in this match.

Predictions

Neither of these sides are showing a great deal of consistency at present. Brighton are in danger of being sucked into the relegation battle so will be keen to get a win in this match. Watford will still be kicking themselves for losing that lead at Tottenham and have only won one of their last six league games. Three of been drawn and a good bet here is for this match to end level with both teams scoring. That’s 7/2 (4.5) at Bet365.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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