Hornets travel to Amex in Premier League clash exclusively live on talkSPORT
Brighton and Watford will both be looking for two out of two wins when they meet at Amex Stadium tonight.
The Seagulls came from behind to beat Burnley as the Hornets sealed a famous 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on their return to the Premier League.
Each team will imagine their chances of getting three more points in a season where the two will likely face a fight for survival.
There, the two last met in February 2020 when they finished 1-1 on the South Coast.
Brighton v Watford: talkSPORT coverage
This match will take place on Saturday August 21 and will start at 5:30 p.m.
Full Amex commentary will be streamed live on talkSPORT starting at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Faye Carruthers will be your host and commentary will come from Alex Crook and David Connolly.
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Brighton v Watford: team news
Brighton starting lineup: Sanchez, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Maupay, MacAllister, Trossard, Gross, Lallana, March, Duffy
Alternates: Steele, Connolly, Mwepu, Moder, Alzate, Zeqiri, Caicedo, Roberts, Richards
Watford’s starting lineup: Bachmann, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Kabasele, Masina, Etebo, Louza, Cleverley, Sarr, Dennis, Sema
Alternates: Foster, Ngakia, Rose, King, Deeney, Fletcher, Hernandez, Sierralta, Baah
Brighton v Watford: statistics and match facts
- Brighton have never lost a home game against Watford in the top flight (W1 D3), with only five goals scored in total in those four matches (three Brightons, two Watfords).
- The home side have won just three of the last 13 league games between Brighton and Watford (D6 L4), with none of the last three such games between the two sides since Watford’s 2-0 win at Vicarage Road in August 2018.
- Brighton finished last season with a five-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League at home, having only once experienced an unbeaten streak of six at AMEX in the division, between September and November 2017 under the direction of Chris Hughton.
- Watford have lost their last six away games in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season, with only Norwich (6) winning fewer away points in the division that season than the Hornets (10). They have lost seven in a row in the top flight in their last seven away games in 2016-17 under Walter Mazzarri.
- Watford has scored an own goal in each of their last two Premier League games against Brighton, with Abdoulaye Doucoure in August 2019 and Adrian Mariappa in February 2020. Only two teams have seen players score an own goal in the match. three consecutive matches against an opponent: Aston Villa vs Charlton Athletic (1999-2001) and Arsenal vs Chelsea (2008-2009).
- Only Manchester City (20) have won more league games in England’s top four levels so far in 2021 than Watford (18).
- Brighton are looking for the first time to win their first two games for a top-level season, in what is their ninth different top-level campaign. The Seagulls won their first two in any division in the 2015-16 championship campaign.
- Ismaila Sarr has scored five goals in his last six league appearances for Watford and is looking to score in three straight league games for the Hornets for the very first time.
- Brighton’s Neal Maupay scored against Burnley on MD1, ending a scoreless six-game Premier League streak for the Frenchman. He is looking to score in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2020, while his very first goal in the competition came against Watford in August 2019.
- Emmanuel Dennis netted a goal and an assist, while Cucho Hernández only scored 53 seconds after coming off the bench in his Premier League debut for Watford last time around. The only player to score in his first two Premier League appearances with the Hornets is Heidar Helguson, who did so in January 2000.