WWith Brighton playing a more progressive and dominant football style under Graham Potter and Watford’s awakening under Nigel Pearson, both teams have had reasons to be happy this season.
However, there may be a slight crisis of faith approaching. Brighton have yet to win in the Premier League in 2020, while Watford has lost consecutive games including surrendering a two-goal lead at home to Everton.
Only three points separate Brighton in 15th and Watford in 19th, so this is a fundamental game. Watford is waiting to find out if Nathaniel Chalobah and Ismaila Sarr are fit enough to start, but the home team welcomed Shane Duffy.
Duffy and Lewis Dunk can expect a good old ding dong with Troy Deeney tonight, and Pearson wants other players to step aside with goals to ease the weight on his attacker.
“Speaking to Everton staff after the game last weekend, and it was like that after taking on Spurs, they were very complacent about how irritating Troy should be,” said Pearson.
“What you have to remember with someone like Troy is that he is a very difficult client. He is someone who scores goals and his record is very good, but he is also effective from the point of view of the game, when I think about how he plays more than one player. at a time.
“But the bottom line is that we have to find goals across the team. You have to accept that the players put themselves in goal positions, and in general Troy does.
“But we have to find ways to contribute with other people, and this is an ongoing process to which we are trying to find the answers.”
Brighton’s signing in January from Chelsea Tariq Lamptey could make its debut. Complete news on the team coming soon.