Watford FC will begin their 2018/19 Premier League campaign, and will be hoping to bring their good pre-season form into the Premier League.
Although over the transfer window Watford did address some key areas, like bringing in Adam Masina to bring more quality to the left back position and also giving the team some flair with the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu, there are still some issues which many fans believe to still need fixing even after the transfer window has shut. Its fair to say that last season was not a successful one for Andre Gray and Troy Deeney, who only managed less than 10 goals between them all season. Only time will tell if Javi Gracia is the man to get the best out of them and for Watford’s sake lets hope he does.
Watford’s opponents Brighton are entering their second season of Premier League football after a very impressive first campaign. Before the game Chris Hughton announced that survival is still his primary concern. Make of that what you will, although after a successful transfer window could he be aiming higher?
Although going into the new season undefeated isn’t a huge achievement, it will however help the players go into this season with some much needed confidence. Javi Gracia is the first Head coach to carry over from one season to the next since Giuseppe Sannino in 2014. It should be interesting to see what impact this will have, however surely stability can only be a good thing? With a good pre-season behind the team; which showed very encouraging signs from new signings, and older players with a point to prove. Lets hope the players can show it when it matters at 3PM on Saturday at Vicarage Road.
Last time these sides met at Vicarage Road the score ended 0-0, in a game far more memorable for a horrific challenge from Miguel Britos on Anthony Knockhaert. Watford will be hoping for something very different from this to start the 2018/19 premier league season.
By Rufus Brooks