EPL: BHAFC vs Hornets




At home AMEX, Brighton Hove will have a great battle with live relegation competitor Watford in the early game of round 26 in the context of both sides are in precarious form. Will Watford regain prosperity after 2 consecutive rounds of losing to escape from the red light group? Or Seagull will beat the opponent as the first leg this season and increase the gap with the relegation zone.

Coach Graham Potter did not have versatile wing back Jose Izquierdo and left-back defender Dan Burn to welcome Watford, but pillar Shane Duffy was close to returning to good condition. Potter was able to defend the starting line-up in a dramatic 3-3 draw in London as a guest for West Ham last week, they even led 3-1 in the 57th minute but two quick goals from Pascal Gross and veteran Glenn Murray only from 75 to 79 minutes to help them leave with 1 point. Veteran Murray has just renewed his contract for another year with Brighton and he is still a quality backup on the line, despite newcomer Neal Maupay being the number one goal of the team with 7 goals. . Brighton continue to not win 5 consecutive rounds and it is the 8th time this season Seagulls are divided points, the gap with the red light is only 2 meager points.

Defensive trio Daryl Janmaat, Kiko Femenia and Craig Dawson all sat out of the trip to AMEX while central midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah was forced to rest due to injury in a 2-3 defeat to Everton last weekend with a problem. On the back and this midfielder, along with Tom Cleverley and Ismaila Sarr, will be assessed for severity. Chalobah's withdrawal last week prompted a tactical change to a 4-4-2 formation, but coach Nigel Pearson could return with 4-2-3-1 when Abdoulaye Doucoure returned to the midfield alongside Etienne. Capoue and Danny Welbeck on the right flank after the former Arsenal recovered from a long-term injury. The honeymoon with the Deer has ended when they all lost the last 2 rounds and returned to the red light group, anyway the distance from the safe position is only 2 fragile points.

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