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Brighton v Watford: Hornets to overcome goal-shy hosts

| 27.10.2013

Brighton have been particularly poor at the Amex Stadium so far, winning just twice in six league matches, while visiting Watford bring the fourth best away form in the Championship to the south coast, making the Hornets the more appealing bet to take the points.

This post-Gus Poyet Brighton side are suffering from a serious dose of ‘draw-itis’ of late, having shared the spoils in five of their last eight matches in the second tier, to leave them languishing in 16th as they entertain seventh-placed Watford.

The major problem for Oscar Garcia’s Seagulls has been a serious lack of firepower, as they’ve drawn blanks in four of their last seven league games – scoring the joint second fewest in the division ahead of Watford’s visit.

Although Ladbrokes have pitted the clubs as equals to win this one at 13/8, the hosts inability to find the net is the dominant reason the Hornets should be backed.

Despite a few bumps in the road for Gianfranco Zola’s Watford of late – which spoilt a mini run of three straight Championship wins – a 2-1 away victory against Huddersfield on their last road trip, kept them in touch with the play-off places.

In stark contrast to their hosts, Zola’s side have been hitting the net with great regularity and have only been prevented from doing so twice in their dozen league outings this season.

During their brush with automatic promotion during 2012/13, Watford returned home after a convincing 3-1 win at Brighton in this fixture and although they are not quite as consistent yet this campaign, they still have the armoury to take the points here.

A Watford win to nil appeals at 18/5, while the 19/4 on the 1-0 or 2-0 to the visitors in the coupled correct score market, is possibly the pick.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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