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Watford vs Brighton in the Premier League on Feb 12. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Watford vs Brighton in the Premier League on Feb 12. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

With two away games under his belt as Watford manager, Roy Hodgson now finds himself preparing for a first home showing at Vicarage Road and after failure to earn a win on his travels, he will aim for better fortunes at the weekend.

Standing in the way of a first win for the Hornets, are none other than Brighton and with the Seagulls being the team that have drawn the most Premier League matches this season, they will be in no mood to simply rollover for Roy.

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When it comes to Roy Hodgson’s modus operandi as a football manager, it is to oversee a defensive style of play and although it is not necessarily one for the purists, it seems to work more often than not.

With that said, it has not quite worked out for Watford and although they have failed to earn a league win under their new boss, that statement can be qualified by the fact that they have played two games away from home.

Which means Saturday’s visit of Brighton could be rather short on goal supply and if you think like me, that Watford will edge a win and keep a clean sheet, you can back both teams not to score at odds of 87/100 with Unibet.

Watford Form, squad news, opinion

With the Roy Hodgson era now underway at Watford, things have already got trickier for the veteran manager and although he oversaw a goalless draw at Burnley, the impact of that was lessened just a few days later.

Because on the same night that the Hornets were losing away at West Ham, Newcastle were earning a relative surprise win at home to Everton and in doing so, have now moved out of the bottom three at the time of the writing.

Which means, Hodgson is going to have to call upon all of his years of managerial experience to dig Watford out of the growing hole they find themselves in and if that is to be the case, defensive play will need to be the order of the day.

Something that was certainly on show at Turf Moor last weekend and with Watford recording just their first clean sheet of the season, they are going to have to record many more shutouts between now and the end of this campaign.

There is no doubt that Watford are capable of scoring goals at one end and in the duo of Emmanuel Dennis and Josh King, they do have a pair of forwards who are capable of doing damage. It’s just that their own defence is currently doing Watford the most damage of all.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Brighton, there are no new injuries for Roy Hodgson to be concerned about. Instead, he must inherit the long-term ailments that continue to rule out Peter Etebo and Kwadwo Baah.

Brighton Form, squad news, opinion

After being dumped out of the F.A. Cup at the hands of Tottenham, the only thing left on the Brighton menu this season is the Premier League and with the Seagulls on the fringes of European football, a top-seven finish is very much the target.

Whether that target can be fulfilled or not depends on whether Brighton can do something that they have struggled during the first half of the season and that is the ability to convert draws into wins.

With 12 draws to their name already this season, this equates to not only more than 50% of all their Premier League outings ending with honours even, but it also the highest figure of any team in the division.

Which is the statistic that is likely to stop Brighton from securing an invite to Europe League next season and although there may be slight disappointment in that, it should not be forgotten what has been made in terms of progress.

Because Brighton’s current stint in the Premier League has been one that has almost exclusively been spent in the bottom half of the table and although Europe may allude them this time around, they are definitely making progress in the right direction.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Watford, it is a relatively clean bill of health for the Seagulls and once again Tudor Baluta and Enoch Mwepu will not travel with their Brighton teammates this weekend.

History

As far as history goes between these two sides, it is not necessarily a game full of needle, but one that has been contested with some regularity and it is a fixture where the Seagulls have had more of the overall advantage.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Watford have won on 36 occasions, Brighton 46 and there have been 35 draws

About the Venue

Vicarage Road can be considered a compact stadium within the Premier League and although the attendance figures do not compare to the teams at the top of the table, their home fans are always ready to lend their voice when needed.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

You get the feeling that every game that Watford take part in between now and the end of the season is nothing else than a must win fixture. The question is though, just how many times they will be able to land maximum points?

Because with the teams around them all starting to wake up from their own slumbers, their plight is only starting to worsen and if they cannot get any joy from the visit of Brighton, things may only get worse at Vicarage Road.

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