Watford VS Brighton
Analysis of Watford
This is the first match in this edition of the competition for the home team, that ended the previous edition of the lower division in the 11th position and got the promotion. They come to this match after a home win against Real Sociedad by (2‑1). Watford has won 6, tied 1 and lost 3 of the last 10 home matches. They haven’t been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 30 of the last 44 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
Watford comes motivated for this match after a 2-1 win in a friendly against Real Sociedad. The home team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, team is how they can respond to a disadvantaged situation. In this drawing, the three players responsible for launching panic in the opposing defense are Pereyra, Deeney and Deulofeu. The Watford coach should have all the players available for this first leg.
Confirmed Lineup: B. Foster, C. Dawson, Kiko Femenía, C. Cathcart, J. Holebas, A. Doucouré, W. Hughes, E. Capoue, T. Deeney, Deulofeu, A. Gray.
Analysis of Brighton & Hove Albion
The away team makes its debut in this edition of the competition, after having finished 17th last season. In their last match, for the Club Friendlies, they got a home win against Valencia by (2‑1). In the last 10 away matches Brighton & Hove Albion has won 4, tied 2 and lost 4. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
Brighton comes motivated for this round after a 2-1 win against Valencia. The visiting team usually acts in a 4-3-3 tactical system, favoring the quick transitions, mainly through the flanks. One of the strengths of the visiting team is the way they can achieve direct free kicks. Note that Brighton has many difficulties in completing the opportunities they can create. The visiting coach won’t be able to count on Bissouma for being handed over to the medical department.
Confirmed Lineup: M. Ryan, Martín Montoya, D. Burn, L. Dunk, S. Duffy, D. Pröpper, S. March, D. Stephens, P. Groß, G. Murray, J. Locadia.