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24 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's players before kick off.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Watford on Saturday afternoon, as they look for their first Premier League points of the season in their final game before the international break.

The Seagulls returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Barnet in the Carabao Cup, but started the season with back-to-back 2-0 defeats in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton’s team have a two-week break from action after their trip to Vicarage Road, and Albion’s manager will be hopeful of recording a positive result before West Brom’s visit to the Amex in September.

Record signing Jose Izquierdo is available to make his first appearance since joining from Club Brugge, and Hughton will include the Colombian in the squad for Saturday's game.

Loan signing Izzy Brown will miss out again through injury, but the winger is expected to return from Chelsea next week to rejoin his team-mates, and could be available for the West Brom game.

Otherwise, there are no fresh injury concerns for Hughton, who will again be without striker Sam Baldock (calf) and Beram Kayal (fibula).

Watford manager Marco Silva has a dilemma at left-back, following Jose Holebas's red-card dismissal in midweek, and could hand 19-year-old Brandon Mason a third Premier League appearance on Saturday.

Roberto Pereyra and Daryl Janmaat were injured in Watford's opening day fixture against Livepool and will miss out, as well as central defender Younes Kaboul.



James Tilley’s first senior goal secured Albion’s progression to the third round of the Carabao Cup in midweek, as Hughton made 11 changes to the starting line-up for the visit of Barnet.

The result followed a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, where the Seagulls played their first away fixture in the Premier League.

Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire scored either side of half-time for the Foxes, as Craig Shakespeare’s team defended well and limited Albion to few chances throughout the game.

Albion’s debut Premier League game against Manchester City also ended in defeat, however Hughton’s team produced a fine defensive display for 70 minutes, as the visitors searched for an opener.

Pep Guardiola’s team found their breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining, through Sergio Aguero’s clinical finish, before Lewis Dunk’s unfortunate own goal put the game out of sight.


The Hornets bowed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, as Championship side Bristol City produced a spirited performance to win 3-2 at Vicarage Road.

However, Marco Silva’s team have opened their Premier League season with two positive results and currently occupy fourth position in the league.

The Hertfordshire side looked to be heading for an opening day defeat against Liverpool, but Miguel Britos scored deep into second-half stoppage time to send the home supporters into raptures.

The Uruguayan’s goal made it 3-3 after the Reds had overturned the home side’s 2-1 lead, with Stefano Okaka and Abdoulaye Doucoure finding the back of the net in the first half.

Watford then added maximum points to their opening day draw, when they overcame Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, thanks to late goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue in a 2-0 win.


Tilley 54


Albion line-up: Maenpaa; Rosenior, Goldson, Huenemeier, Bong (Mateju 45); Ince, Molumby; Knockaert (Tilley 45), Towell, Skalak; Hemed (Connolly 76).

Subs not used: Ryan (GK), Dunk, Propper, Ahannach.


Capoue 47

Mariappa 90+5

Hinds 60
Reid 67
Eliasson 90+3

Watford line-up: Gomes; Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele, Holebas; Watson, Capoue (Cleverley 79); Amrabat (Success HT), Hughes (Gray 70), Richarlison; Deeney.

Subs not used: Pantilimon (GK), Britos, Cathcart, Chalobah.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Richarlison

The Brazlian winger arrived from Fluminense this summer on a five-year deal for over £11m and marked his first league start with a goal against Bournemouth last week.

Richarlison caught the eye with an impressive performance against the Cherries, with his pace and trickery down the left wing causing problems throughout the game.

He also came off the bench in their opening fixture against Liverpool and provided the assist for Miguel Britos, who rescued a point with an equalising goal in the dying stages of the game.

At only 20 years of age, Watford’s number 11 has a promising future ahead of him. With three goals in ten appearances for Brazil’s under-20 team as well, the winger will be hoping to make an impression for the Hornets this season and push for a call-up to his nation’s senior squad.

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Match Reports


26 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action at Vicarage Road today.
  • Miguel Britos sent off for a late challenge on Anthony Knockaert in the first half
  • Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed both hit the post
  • Jose Izquierdo comes on to make his Albion debut
  • Albion next face West Bromwich Albion after the international break

Brighton & Hove Albion’s wait for a first Premier League win continues, but they can take plenty of positives from a goalless draw against Watford at Vicarage Road.

It was a match where Albion showed plenty of attacking endeavour, but lacked that final cutting edge against a ten-man Watford side that had Miguel Britos sent off in the first half.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the starting line-up that lost to Leicester City on Saturday, as Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed replaced Jamie Murphy and Glenn Murray.

There was also a place on the bench for new club record signing Jose Izquierdo, who came on to make his Albion debut.

Watford had an early chance to break the deadlock when Nathaniel Chalobah’s bullet header was cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk.

Down at the other end, Knockaert came agonisingly close to opening the scoring for Albion, but his close-range strike cannoned back off the post.

The Hornets were reduced to ten men midway through the half after Britos was shown a straight red card for a dangerous two-footed challenge on Knockaert.

Marco Silva responded by bringing on Craig Cathcart for Nordin Amrabat to shore up his defence.

Hughton’s men continued their bright start to the game and carved out multiple opportunities. Lewis Dunk was next to come close when his header flashed wide from Pascal Gross’s cross.

Solly March then teed up Hemed inside the box, and the Israeli’s stretched effort came off the post.

Brighton were getting joy down both flanks, with the March-Hemed combination almost reaping dividends again, but the Israeli could not get on the end of the winger's cross.

Albion pressed forward once again to try and take the lead before the break, but Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes punched away Knockaert’s delivery.

Brighton looked to continue their ascendancy after the break, as Markus Suttner’s first-time ball caused all sorts of problems in the Watford defence, but Kiko Fermenia got to the ball first ahead of Gross.

Hemed again threatened to draw first blood in the match, but his first-time effort went inches wide of the right post.

Another moment of controversy came shortly before the hour mark when Graham Scott gave an indirect free-kick for a high boot on Knockaert, despite contact having been made. Dunk’s subsequent set piece was blocked.

Albion’s dominance continued, and March picked out Knockaert inside the box, but the Frenchman couldn’t beat Gomes with his header back across goal.

Knockaert was the key protagonist again, but his low strike towards the bottom corner was pushed away by the Brazilian shot-stopper.

Hughton then freshened up his options on the wings with the introduction of Izquierdo, who replaced Knockaert.

The Colombian almost made it a debut to remember with a speculative shot that went just wide, but the points were shared in Hertfordshire.

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Ticket News


21 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Vicarage Road

UPDATE: Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s match away at Watford have now SOLD OUT.
The match takes place at Vicarage Road on Saturday 26th August, kick-off 3pm.
Albion fans have an allocation of 2,150 tickets, priced as follows:

Adults - £30
Over-65s - £22
Students- £18
Under-19s - £10

The on-sale dates and purchasing windows (9am online, 2pm phones/in person in each case) are listed below.

Tue 25th July – STHs with 248 Season Ticket Holder Points
Wed 26th July – STHs with 229 Season Ticket Holder Points
Fri 28th July – STHs with 188 Season Ticket Holder Points
Tue 1st August  – All remaining Season Ticket Holders
Thu 3rd August – Bronze/YS+ Members with 12 Member Points
Fri 4th August – All remaining Bronze/YS+ Members

There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases.

Albion fans travelling by train are advised that there will be no services running from London Euston on this day. The club recommends that fans avoid rail travel, and to use alternative means of transport wherever possible. Please visit for more information.

Seagull Travel are running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings can be found here, along with prices.

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