The last of Saturday Matchday 26 in the first instalment of the winter break is a relegation duel between Brighton and Watford. The two clubs meet severed by three points.
Graham Potter needs today’s Premier League tie against Nigel Pearson‘s Watford to bounce back from one major slump experienced over recent weeks. The visitors haven’t done any better on their journey to Matchday 25.
Also experiencing a poor run of games in their fight for survival, so much so they dropped back into the second-last relegation slot, in the Premier League table.
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The one team is playing to place themselves further away from the drop zone, while the others play to pull themselves out of the hole.
The Hornets were experiencing the worst start to an EPL campaign ever by a club. The Seagulls were one of the teams who took advantage of this Watford side. An own goal by Abdoulaye Doucouré and two second-half goals by Florin Andone and Neal Maupay saw the visiting Seagulls fly home with the three points.
The home side took a total of 11 shots with only three hitting the target. Brighton were almost 100% efficient in front of goal. They took five shots at Ben Foster‘s goal, having three of them on target, those three being the goals.
This settles the nervous for Potter and his Hogwarts School of Seagulls. However, many things will take place here in this one. This is the first time Graham meets Nigel, and Nigel has proven to put up a good fight.
The previous six meetings have seen the pair win two, draw two, and lose two. No bragging rights for either side today as they going into battle.