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    Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Watford v Brighton


    PREMIER LEAGUE

    Venue: Vicarage Road
    Date: Saturday 26th August 2017
    Kick-off: 15:00 BST
    Referee: Graham Scott
    Assistants: Richard West, Derek Eaton
    Fourth official: Robert Madley



    TEAM NEWS


    Watford's latest signing Andre Carrillo could make his debut after the Benfica winger joined on a season-long loan.

    Left-back Jose Holebas is suspended following his midweek red card, so 19-year-old Brandon Mason may deputise.

    Younes Kaboul, Daryl Janmaat and Roberto Pereyra are out with muscular injuries, while Mauro Zarate continues his rehabilitation from a knee problem.

    Brighton's record signing, winger Jose Izquierdo, has been given international clearance and is available.

    Izzy Brown is still out with a hamstring injury while Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock remain long-term absentees.


    MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

    Guy Mowbray: "As this is only the second season ever in which these two have been in the top division together, let's do things a little bit differently.

    "Instead of looking forward, take a rewind with me to November 1982.

    "Graham Taylor's Watford, on their way to being Division One runners-up to Liverpool, face a Brighton side managed by Mike Bailey - soon to be sacked, with the colourful Jimmy Melia then taking the Seagulls to the FA Cup final and relegation.

    "Your commentator (it makes a nice change doing this side!) is John Motson..."


    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Watford head coach Marco Silva on Nathaniel Chalobah's England call-up: "We have to be calm with him and we can't put all of this pressure on the boy and of course with games he will improve faster, I'm sure of that.

    "But first he needs to win his place in the 11 and to show every day here, like the others, he will improve.

    "I don't want to talk about where he needs to improve but the most important thing is that he is really open to work - and when this happens, with the quality he has, things go in the right way."

    Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "Arguably, there are things we would have got away with last season that will be tougher now. At this level, the quality of finishing and difference in creative ability is what wins you games.

    "We can finish this season happy with what we've done defensively, but it's what we're able to do offensively that will get us to where we want to be this season.

    "We have to do more offensively to win games. We're playing in the very best league now and we have another 36 games to get the points we want."



    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Watford have lost just one of their last 10 meetings with Brighton (W5, D4).
    • The last top-flight meeting between the sides finished 1-1 on New Year's Day in 1983.
    • Watford sealed promotion to the Premier League by beating Brighton 2-0 on the south coast in April 2015.



    Watford

    • Watford's victory at Bournemouth last weekend ended a run of seven Premier League games without a win (D6, L1).
    • It was also head coach Marco Silva's first Premier League away win in his 10th attempt (D2, L7).
    • Richarlison's goal last weekend made him the first Brazilian to score for Watford in the Premier League.
    • If he starts and scores against Brighton he will become the fourth Brazilian to score in his first two Premier League starts, after Gabriel Jesus, Robinho and Geovanni.
    • Andre Gray has scored in his four previous league appearances against the Seagulls.


    Brighton

    • Brighton could lose their opening three matches of a top-flight season for the first time since 1979-80.
    • The last time they failed to score in their opening three league fixtures was in 1928-29.
    • The Seagulls have won just one of their last 30 top-flight away matches (D7, L22), a 2-1 victory at Swansea City in March 1983.
    • Chris Hughton has lost his last seven Premier League away matches.
    • Lewis Dunk is the last Brighton player to score against Watford, in a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road in October 2014.

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