For only the second time in the last six seasons, Brighton won their opening game of a league campaign when they came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor last weekend.
James Tarkowski headed the hosts into the lead in just the second minute and they held on until the 73rd minute, when two goals in the space of five minutes from Neal Maupay and substitute Alexis Mac Allister turned the game on its head for the Seagulls.
Mac Allister has claimed that “there is more to come” from Brighton this season and that their aim is to ‘finish in the Premier League’s top 10’, something the club have never achieved in their history.
Brighton’s highest top-flight finish was 15th place in 2017-18 and 2019-20, but Graham Potter is hopeful that they can significantly improve on that this term. With only one of their next seven league matches against a team from last season’s top six, they will fancy their chances of a strong start to the new campaign.
The Seagulls head into Saturday’s home fixture with Watford, having never lost a Premier League home game against them.
They are also enjoying a run of five successive top-flight home games unbeaten, winning three and drawing two fixtures at the end of last season. Brighton will equal their own record of six without defeat – previously set in 2017-18 – should they avoid defeat again this weekend.
In addition, Potter’s men are looking to win both of their opening two games in a Premier League season for the first time. The Seagulls last won their first two fixtures in any division in the 2015-16 Championship campaign
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Watford began life back in the Premier League with a victory as they claimed an impressive 3-2 win at home against Aston Villa last weekend.
Goals from debutants Emmanuel Dennis and Cucho Hernandez either side of a deflected effort from Ismaila Sarr helped the Hornets secure all three points, despite a late fightback from the visitors.
Head coach Xisco Munoz hailed his side’s performance in front of a jubilant Vicarage Road crowd, and if they can replicate their efforts throughout this campaign, they will certainly remove their current tag as relegation candidates