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Team News: Troy Deeney, Andre Gray start up top for Watford

Team News: Deeney, Gray start up top for Watford
Watford strikers Troy Deeney and Andre Gray both start for the Hornets against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Watford strikers Troy Deeney and Andre Gray both start for the Hornets against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Doucoure has recovered from appendicitis that kept him out of pre-season as Javi Gracia's men begin at Vicarage Road.

Ben Foster makes his debut in goal for Watford, while Jose Holebas, Craig Cathcart and Daryl Janmaat feature in the defence.

Will Hughes and Etienne Capoue start in midfield, while the 4-4-2 formation is completed by the presence of attacking duo Gray and Deeney.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton continues with Australian international Mathew Ryan between the sticks, with Lewis Dunk and new signing Bernardo featuring in defence.

Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross are part of a five-man midfield that will provide support up top to English forward Glenn Murray, who has shaken off back and neck knocks to earn a starting place.

Watford: Foster; Holebas, Kabasele, Cathcart, Janmaat; Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes; Deeney, Gray
Subs: Gomes, Prodl, Mariappa, Femenia, Masina, Sema, Success

Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross, Murray
Subs: Button, Bong, Balogun, Jahanbakhsh, Bissouma, Kayal, Locadia

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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton watches on during his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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