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Why Watford can count on Ighalo if he starts Brighton battle


Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has struck in each of his last three starts to give the Hornets a real chance of clinching the Championship title.

Next up for the Hornets, who are a best price at 6/5 with BetVictor to be second tier champions, is an away day at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Hertfordshire side are on a four-match unbeaten streak against the Seagulls, so that explains why they are odds-on 10/11 favourites with Boylesports for victory.

Rotating his attacking options during the run-in has been key for Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic, and it’s been Ighalo that’s got rested recently. Brighton have the best defensive record in the bottom half, however, which shows you what progress they’ve made under Chris Hughton, as previously they leaked goals left, right and centre when Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia was in charge.

Nonetheless, a fresh Ighalo could well run rampant at the Amex Stadium. Impressive seasonal stats of 20 goals in 33 Championship outings, and 16 goals in 10 games in 2015 make him top scorer in all four professional divisions in England this calendar year, meaning he is a top price at 31/21 with to net again anytime here.

Enjoying the advantage of playing their penultimate league fixture before their promotion rivals, the Hornets simply have to take full advantage, and Ighalo himself recognises that. “We are where we want to be but we still need to win our next two finals,” he said.

“We have our promotion ticket in our hands and we cannot afford to miss out on making history. Right now the attitude is to do the perfect business by winning at Brighton and hopefully complete the job at home on the final day.”

Ighalo’s exploits have finally come to the attention of his country, and he made his senior Nigeria bow during the last international break. He has moved around Hornets owners the Pozzo family’s empire, with spells at Udinese and Granada prior to arriving at Vicarage Road.

On two of his last three starts, Ighalo has had the final say, and that makes odds of 5/1 with Coral for him to net last again very tempting.

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