- Premier League
- EFL Championship
- Other Top Clubs
- Scout Reports
Brighton & Hove Albion will hope to get off the mark in their maiden Premier League campaign, when they take on Watford at the Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Chris Hughton’s men have been dealt two defeats in their first two games, against Manchester City and Leicester City. However, a 1-0 win over lower league opponents Barnet in the EFL Cup will have done some good to the morale of the team heading into Saturday’s encounter. The Seagulls will want to get a point or three under the belt at the Vicarage Road.
Striker Sam Baldock continues to be absent for Brighton along with midfielder Beram Kayal. Loanee Izzy Brown too is unavailable, after picking up an injury in the season opener. Veteran forward Glenn Murray and midfielder Steve Sidwell are slight doubts for the game.
The Australian was benched for the midweek clash against Barnet, but should return to the playing XI against the Hornets.
The 36-year old defender was not picked for the EFL Cup clash, but will be in line for a return to the starting lineup, in the place of Liam Rosenior.
Another player who was not called into action on Tuesday, the former Everton man will resume duties in the heart of the defence, against Watford.
The 25-year old will partner Duffy in the centre of the defence. Will have a difficult test going up against the likes of Troy Deeney and Andre Gray.
The left-back has had a tough beginning to life in the Premier League. Will hope to put in a strong display on Saturday.
The Frenchman had been tipped to be the Seagulls’ most important player coming into the season. But an early injury has meant that he has had to wait to get himself going. Saturday could turn out to be his day.
The 27-year old has been a constant fixture in the middle of the park for Brighton and that is not likely to change against Marco Silva’s men.
The 25-year old former PSV Eindhoven man should feature from the get-go in the midfield for Brighton on Saturday, after being left out in midweek.
The 23-year old is an exciting talent in the Brighton ranks and with new signing Jose Izquierdo still waiting for the clearance, he should get the nod.
The former German youth international will assume his duty just in behind the main striker, after being rested during midweek.
With Glenn Murray a slight doubt, leading the line for Hughton on Saturday will be Tomer Hemed. The 30-year old is still in search of his first goal in the Premier League and hopefully, he ends his search here against Watford.