Brighton Preview: vs Watford

Brighton & Hove Albion begin their second season in the Premier League with an away trip to Watford.

Albion comfortably avoided relegation last season, with a 15th place finish despite being tipped to be relegated.

Possible lineups

Let’s start with the visitors, Brighton will probably name the following side: Matthew Ryan, Bruno, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Bernardo, Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper, Solly March, Pascal Gross and Tomer Hemed. The only surprise in this lineup would be why Hemed would start over last season top scorer, Glenn Murray.

This is due to the fact Murray has had a couple of injury problems, the most recent a back injury picked up in training which forced him off 15 minutes into their last pre-season friendly against FC Nantes.

Add to this the fact that Hemed has really impressed this pre-season with two goals and two assists and he has also been given the honour of wearing the No25 shirt, famously worn by Brighton Ambassador, Bobby Zamora in both his stints at The Seagulls.

Now onto the home side Watford who will probably name the following team: Ben Foster, Daryl Janmaat, Craig Cathcart, Nathan Kabasele, Jose Holebas, Will Hughes, Etienne Capoue, Ken Sema, Roberto Pereyra, Troy Deeney and Andre Gray.

However, these sides may change depending on deadline day deals potentially working their way into the starting eleven.

Will any of the new signings be in action?

Yes, there will be a host of new faces either starting or on the bench for both sides. Starting with the hosts, Watford who are likely to showcase two of their new signings in Ben Foster and Ken Sema who signed from West Bromwich Albion and Ostersunds respectively.

For the visitors Brighton, they will probably only name one of their new signings in left-back Bernardo who signed from Red Bull Leipzig for a fee of £9 million. There will be three or four new signings on the bench in David Button, Yves Bissouma, club-record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh and potentially even Florin Andone.

Score predictions

It is very hard to see many goals in this game with both teams having quite solid defences last season.

It is most likely that if someone is going to win the game it will be by one goal, with the last few meetings between the sides being tight and either finishing in draws or narrow wins. My score prediction will be a narrow 2-1 win for Brighton.

By Adam Stenning

 

 

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