Saturday 8 February: 5.30pm KO
Live on BT Sport
Both of these sides are battling relegation from the Premier League. A win for either of them would boost their hopes of survival.
Brighton and Hove Albion come into this game just two points above the relegation zone. They fought back to get a valuable point at West Ham last weekend but their current form is worrying. The Seagulls have only won one of their last ten league games and are 11/10 (2.1) at Ladbrokes to beat Watford.
That one win was at home to struggling Bournemouth but Albion have only won one out of six at the Amex. All a bit disappointing after their run of three wins in a row last season. They struggled to stay up last season and are currently 4/1 (5.0) at SkyBet to be relegated this term.
Watford were adrift at the bottom of the table after a terrible start to their season. The arrival of Nigel Pearson has given them hope of escaping the bottom three. They’ll do that this weekend if winning at Brighton and West Ham fail to win away at Manchester City. It’s 5/2 (3.5) at Paddy Power that they can win this match.
Their form has dipped in recent weeks with two straight league losses and one point from the last three. The current odds on them being relegated ar 6/4 (2.5) at William Hill.
Last week saw them lose a 2-0 lead at home to Everton, ending up losing 3-2. The odds on Brighton coming from behind to win this game are 21/2 (12.5) if your wager is placed with Unibet.
Brighton won 3-0 at Watford on the opening day of this season. The last four Brighton home games against Watford have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 9/10 (1.9) at Betfair on that stat coming up on Saturday.
Brighton will be without both Shane Duffy and Dan Burn. Their comeback at West Ham was mainly achieved by subs Ezequiel Schelotto and Solly March, so they might get a start this weekend.
It’s a vital game down at the bottom of the table. Neither side are in good form at the moment particularly when it comes to defending. Clean sheets are a bit of a rarity at the moment. Three of the last five Brighton home league games have ended in score draws. A bet on this match ending in a draw with both teams scoring has odds of 7/2 (4.5) at BetVictor.