Falmer Stadium

23/12/2017 | 3:00 pm



Falmer Stadium

23/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: A rare top flight meeting between two of the Premier League’s smaller clubs.

Last time: The teams last met on the south coast in the Championship in April 2015, and Watford won 2-0. This season they played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road in August.

This time: Brighton are 17/10 to win with Watford at 2/1 and the draw 9/4.

You might remember: Brighton last beating Watford at home in 2005, when they won 2-1 at the Withdean Stadium.

Team News

Betting Tips & Predictions

This match will be a tricky one to call, as both teams are on fairly dreadful runs at the moment. It could be an entertaining encounter though, as both sides have been conceding plenty of goals recently. Watford’s last six matches have seen a total of 20 goals, a tally only Manchester City and Huddersfield (both with 21) can top.

Brighton are 17/10 to win it, a victory that would give their survival hopes a real shot in the arm. Chris Hughton’s side have not won any of the past seven league matches, and their fierce rivals, Crystal Palace, are now just one point behind them. They haven’t won any of the last six at home, and only West Brom (on eight without a win) are on a worse run in front of their own fans.

Watford are 2/1 and they will fancy their chances of getting a win. They have the sixth best away record in the Premier League this season, and are ahead of the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal on the road. They have only won one of their last six on their travels though, and that was against struggling Newcastle.

The draw is 9/4 and this one could be a close match. Brighton have had five draws at home this season, which is the joint most in the division. Their goal difference is -3 at the Amex Stadium, so with Watford’s being +3 on the road, there may not be too much between the teams.

Pascal Gross is 9/1 to score first and he might be worth a look as he is Brighton’s top scorer at home this season. All three of his goals have come at the Amex Stadium. Including assists he has directly contributed to six of the Seagulls’ nine home goals, so he should be in the thick of the action.

Richarlison is 13/2 to bag the opening goal. The Brazilian has been a sensational signing for the Hornets, and is their top scorer on the road with four goals. He has also missed some glorious chances, most notably at Chelsea, so against a weaker defence he may prosper.

Match Summary


Look out for:

Both teams to score, at 19/20. Five of Brighton’s home matches have seen both teams score, which only two teams can top. Watford’s away matches have also featured both teams finding the net on five occasions. With both defences leaking at least ten goals in their last six league matches, this looks a decent bet.


We fancy:

Watford to win and Richarlison to score at 4/1. He has had 32 shots on the road this season when no other Hornet has had more than 11. If Watford are to win, the Brazilian will surely be among the goals.


It’s a long shot, but:

Watford to win 3-0 at 35/1. Marco Silva’s team scored three at Newcastle recently, and should have at Everton but missed an injury time penalty. The Hornets also missed great chances in their 4-2 defeat at Chelsea, so the idea of them scoring three against Brighton definitely shouldn’t be ruled out.

Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.