Lloyd Doyley and injured Sean Murray miss out on Watford XI to face Brighton and Hove Albion

Gianfranco Zola has made two changes to his side as Watford aim to get back on track against Brighton and Hove Albion tonight following back-to-back league defeats.

Italian international Marco Cassetti makes his first start for the Hornets, as does Fernando Forestieri after coming off the bench in the 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.

The players to make way are, perhaps surprisingly, Lloyd Doyley , who has to settle for a place on the bench, while Sean Murray misses out through injury.

While the Hornets have shipped seven goals in those defeats, Zola’s former Chelsea team-mate Gus Poyet’s Seagulls have netted 11 in a sequence of three straight wins that has taken them up to third in the early-season table.

The Brighton boss includes three ex-Hornets in his starting line-up – Will Buckley and former loanees Tomasz Kuszczak and Liam Bridcutt – while in-form Watford-born striker Craig Mackail-Smith is also included in a team that features just the one change from the 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

That alteration sees Andrea Orlandi come in for Ashley Barnes, who is among the substitutes.

Watford: Almunia; Cassetti, Nosworthy, Neuton, Pudil; Hogg, Abdi, Yeates; Forestieri, Iwelumo, Vydra. Substitutes: Doyley, Beleck, Forsyth, Smith, Bond, Hoban, Chalobah.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Hammond, Dicker, Bridcutt, Buckley; Orlandi; Mackail-Smith. Substitutes: Dunk, Barnes, Dobbie, Calderon, Ankergren, Harley, Lopez.

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