Brighton vs Watford Match Preview.
Watford travel to the Amex Stadium tomorrow to play Brighton, in the early kick off in the Sky Bet Championship, and the Hornets could potentially be promoted tomorrow or over the course of the weekend if they win and the teams around them falter.
To be promoted tomorrow, the Hornets would need to gain 3 points over Brighton and require Norwich not to win and Middlesbrough to lose against Fulham.
However, it is also possible for the Golden Boys to be promoted on Monday. They would, again, need to beat Brighton and for Norwich not to win against Rotherham but they would need Bolton to defeat Bournemouth on Monday evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The Hornets come into tomorrows game, which will be televised on Sky Sports, in 1st place in the Sky Bet Championship, following last weekends 1-0 win over Birmingham City. On the other hand, Brighton lie down at the opposite end of the table in 20th position, in what has been a very disappointing season for the Seagulls who were touted as potential play off contenders at the start of the season.
During the match earlier this season at Vicarage Road, the game finished 1-1, in what turned out to be Billy McKinlay’s final game as Watford head coach. The Hornets took the lead through a Daniel Tozser free kick early on in the second half, before Brighton centre back Lewis Dunk equalised with a header from a set-piece 13 minutes from time.
The Seagull’s are managed by former Norwich City and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who was appointed as Brighton boss back in December. He has overseen a slight improvement in fortunes at the Amex, win 7 of his 22 matches in charge, but has not been able to improve the East Sussex sides fortunes in what has turned out to be a very disappointing season, considering the club were touted as potential play-off contenders ahead of the first game of 2014/15.
The key player tomorrow for Brighton will be winger Kazenga Lua Lua. Lua Lua is a pacy winger who can cause all kinds of problems for defenders on his day. He joined the Seagulls permanently in November 2011 from Newcastle following two successful loan spells at the club, and on his day, he cause defences a number of problems.
Despite Brighton’s low league position, tomorrows game will be another difficult test for the Golden Boys. The Seagulls have nothing to play so they may be able to play with some freedom, so the Hornets will have to put in another good performance if they are to gain those all important 3 points, which could seal the Hornets promotion to the Premier League at 5pm.
For Brighton, Chris Hughton is without Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira, striker Sam Baldock and midfielder Andrew Crofts tomorrow. Rohan Ince and Chris O’Grady could start.
For Watford, Matthew Connolly has returned from a hamstring problem and is available to face the Seagulls tomorrow. Adlene Guedioura could make his final appearance for the Golden Boys, as his loan expires after the game. Joel Ekstrand and Sean Murray are both ruled out.
Predicted Team Line-ups
Brighton – Stockdale (GK), Bruno, Greer ©, Halford, Bennett, Carayol, Kayal, Ince, Stephens, Lua Lua, O’Grady.
Watford – Gomes (GK), Cathcart, Angella, Connolly, Paredes, Watson, Abdi, Guedioura, Anya, Deeney ©, Ighalo.
Referee – Keith Stroud.