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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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