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Match Previews

PREVIEW: WATFORD V ALBION

9 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion get their 2018/19 Premier League campaign underway against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls secured a second season in the top flight after finishing 15th in the Premier League last season, and Chris Hughton’s men will once again look to open their account against the Hornets.

A goalless draw at Vicarage Road in 2017 secured the Seagulls their first-ever Premier League point, and thousands of Albion supporters will again make the trip to Hertfordshire this weekend.

The Hornets will have a different manager in the dugout this time, as Javi Gracia begins his first full season in charge, and a number of new faces will be on show for both sides after a busy summer transfer window.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Jurgen Locadia has been training for a couple of weeks and should be okay for Saturday’s visit to Vicarage Road.

Florin Andone remains a doubt for the Seagulls, after picking up an injury in pre-season, while Jose Izquierdo is expected to miss out on Albion’s Premier League opener.

Watford have a few injury doubts heading into this weekend’s match, including Nathaniel Chalobah and Abdoulaye Doucoure, while Younes Kaboul and Obbi Oulare remain long-term absentees.




LAST TIME WE MET

The Seagulls claimed all three points when the Hornets visited the Amex Stadium shortly before Christmas last season, with Pascal Gross firing the winning goal in the second half.

It was Albion’s first victory in eight Premier League matches and sealed vital points before their Boxing Day fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Connor Goldson came into the side to make his Premier League debut, months after undergoing preventative surgery, and the former Albion defender helped his team-mates to a clean sheet.

Gross found space on the edge of Watford’s penalty area in the 64th minute and squeezed a low-driven effort past Heurelho Gomes to claim a 1-0 victory in a closely-contested match at the Amex.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Gerard Deulofeu

The Spaniard has shown promise during his spells at Barcelona, Sevilla, Everton and AC Milan, with the attacking playmaker being only 24 years of age with over 200 senior appearances to his name.

Deulofeu signed for the Hornets from Barcelona after a successful loan spell last season, firing his only goal for the club in their 4-1 victory against Chelsea at Vicarage Road.

The quick and skilful winger, who can also play as a striker, made 17 appearances for Barcelona before moving to Watford on loan last season - including three games in the UEFA Champions League.

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Match Reports

REPORT: WATFORD 2 ALBION 0

11 August 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray fights for the ball under pressure at Vicarage Road.
  • Albion beaten on the opening day of the season
  • Roberto Pereyra strikes twice for Watford
  • Bernardo, Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh all make their Albion debuts
  • The Seagulls are back in action against Manchester United next Sunday

Brighton & Hove Albion were consigned to defeat on the opening day of the Premier League season, after a 2-0 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Roberto’s Pereyra’s brace was enough to give the Hornets all three points, as Albion were undone by two fine finishes from the Argentine winger.
 
Chris Hughton named new full-back Bernardo in the starting line-up, while fellow summer signings Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh were all introduced from the bench for their competitive debuts.
 
Albion worked their first real opening of the game when Davy Propper found Glenn Murray with an enticing ball into the box, but the latter narrowly failed to make contact.
 
Watford broke straight away on the counter-attack, and Maty Ryan had to be alert to keep out Andre Gray’s strike at his near post.
 
The Hornets continued to apply the pressure and came close again through a Jose Holebas set-piece, which deflected behind for a corner.
 
The hosts thought they had taken the lead when Holebas’s effort rebounded into the path of Troy Deeney, but Ryan made a brilliant two-handed save to deny the skipper.
 
Anthony Knockaert showed some tireless running out on the flank and laid the ball off for Bruno, and the Albion skipper’s cross was met on the volley by Dale Stephens, but the ball sailed wide of the far post.
 
After sustaining a spell of Watford pressure, Solly March broke forward and picked out Knockaert, who cut inside, but Pascal Gross couldn’t quite divert the ball past Ben Foster.
 
But it was the hosts that broke the deadlock through Pereyra, who rifled in a volley from a corner with 35 minutes on the clock.
 
Albion looked to respond through Gross, whose cross found Murray in the centre, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.
 
Watford had a golden opportunity to double their advantage shortly after the re-start, but Christian Kabasele headed a Holebas set-piece over the bar.
 
Pereyra was on target again with 54 minutes played, as the Argentine cut inside off the left and sent a right-footed shot beyond Ryan to double the lead.
 
Hughton brought on Bissouma for his Albion debut in place of Gross, and the Malian had a chance to bring the Seagulls back to the contest, however he saw his free-kick rise high over the bar.
 
The summer signing looked lively after being introduced and took a couple of neat touches to work his way into the box, but saw his resulting shot go wide.
 
Albion struggled to create any meaningful opportunities in the last few minutes, as the hosts secured all three points in Hertfordshire.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Bruno (Bong 26), Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March (Jahanbakhsh 71); Gross (Bissouma 60); Murray.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Locadia.

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Ticket News

WATFORD AND LIVERPOOL TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY

9 July 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Tickets for the Liverpool and Watford matches go on sale on Tuesday.

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s first two Premier League away fixtures of the season - against Watford and Liverpool - go on sale this Tuesday.

Chris Hughton’s team head to Vicarage Road for the opening game of the season on Saturday 11th August - kick-off 3pm - before travelling to Anfield on Saturday 25th August - kick-off 5.30pm.

The club has received an allocation of 2,100 tickets for the game at Vicarage Road and 2,900 for the match at Anfield. Beneath are the on-sale dates, prices and information on how many points are required for both matches:

Supporters are advised that loyalty points have rolled over into the 2018/19 season, and can view their new points totals here. You can also view an explanation of what happens to your loyalty points over the summer here.

Watford

On-sale dates Points required
Tuesday 10th July STHs with 284+ Season Ticket Holder Points
Wednesday 11th July STHs with 230+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Thursday 12th July STHs with 202+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 13th July All Season Ticket Holders*
Saturday 14th July Bronze/Young Seagulls Plus members*
Tuesday 17th July Supporters with a purchase history*

*Subject to availability

Prices

Category   Price
 Adults  £30
 Seniors (65+)  £22
 Students (with valid NUS card)  £18
 Juniors (Under-18s)  £5

Liverpool

On-sale dates Points required
Tuesday 10th July STHs with 270+ Season Ticket Holder Points
Wednesday 11th July STHs with 230+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Thursday 12th July STHs with 202+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 13th July All Season Ticket Holders*
Saturday 14th July Bronze/Young Seagulls Plus members*
Tuesday 17th July Supporters with a purchase history*

Prices

Category Price
Adults £30
17-21-year-olds £15
Under-16s £9

Supporters can secure their tickets on the selected dates from 9am on BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets and 2pm via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901*.

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

Seagull Travel will be running coaches to both fixtures with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings for all upcoming games can be found here, along with prices.

Any supporters booking who wish to have a more detailed look into the facilities or access of either stadium should follow the links below

Watford
Liverpool

*Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.

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