Watford vs Brighton Match Preview.
Watford host Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road tomorrow in the Sky Bet Championship as the Hornets look to build on Tuesday nights 2-1 win over Brentford. The match will be the feature game on The Football League Show and the Golden Boys will be wanting to extend their unbeaten home form in the league.
Watford currently lie in 3rd place in the table, level on points with 1st place Norwich and 2nd placed Nottingham Forest and a win tomorrow could see the Hornets top the Championship over the international break if the teams above them fail to gain victory. Whereas, Brighton have had a difficult start to the season under new manager Sami Hyypia and the Seagulls lie down in 19th position with 10 points.
During the two meetings between the sides last season, the Hornets were held to a 1-1 draw at the Amex in October 2013 after Andrew Crofts cancelled out Sean Murray’s early strike. However, the match will be remembered for a controversial moment within the match. Fernando Forestieri’s effort looked like it had crossed the line before Gordon Greer cleared it and video evidence after the match proved this. However, referee Keith Hill waved play on and the Hornets were left feeling aggrieved after the match.
However, in the match at Vicarage Road in February, Watford ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ikechi Anya and Fernando Forestieri.
Brighton have endured a difficult start to the season under former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia who became the Seagulls new manager over the summer after Oscar Garcia’s resignation. The club have only won two of their first ten matches in the league and have drawn and lost four. What didn’t help matters was the departure of key striker Leo Ulloa and former Hornet Will Buckley who joined Premier League sides Leicester City and Sunderland respectively. The club made a host of signings over the summer, including striker Sam Baldock from Bristol City as well as Aston Villa duo Gary Gardener and Joe Bennet on loan.
There key player tomorrow will be Liverpool loanee Joao Teizeria. The Portuguese winger has been impressive for the Seagulls since joining on loan and has netted two goals in six appearances since his arrival. His pace and trickery could cause the Hornets defence a host of problems tomorrow.
Despite the low league position, Brighton cannot be underestimated tomorrow after reaching the play offs last season. Although they have lost two key players over the summer in the shape of Ulloa and Buckley, they still have a very good squad which has a wealth of experience. It will be another tough test for the Hornets tomorrow in the Championship.
For Watford, the Hornets are without captain Troy Deeney, defenders Gabriele Angella and Gabriel Tamas as well as midfielder Keith Andrews through injury. Daniel Pudil is suspended whilst Fernando Forestieri is a doubt.
For Brighton, Sami Hyypia will be without striker Craig Mackail - Smith through injury. Inigo Calderon and Jake Forster – Caskey are suspended whilst Sam Baldock is a doubt. Dale Stephens and Solly March are also injured.
Predicted Team Lineups
Watford- Gomes (GK)©, Paredes, Ekstrand, Cathcart, Hoban, Tozser, Munari, Dyer, Abdi, Anya, Vydra.
Brighton – Stockdale (GK), Bruno, Greer ©, Dunk, Bennett, Gardener, Holla, Crofts, Teixera, O’Grady, LuaLua.
Referee – Simon Hooper.