IT'S BACK AND IT'S BETTER THAN EVER! THE BEST LEAGUE IN THE WORLD, LIVE AND NOT SO EXCLUSIVE ON SKY, BT SPORT AND AMAZON (although obviously not any Watford games, no-one wants to watch those). After last season's joint triumphs of finishing top of the bottom half and winning the 85-90 minute flag waving trophy at Wembley, spirits in South West Herts are high. The recruitment team wasted no time in getting to work, bringing in solid Championship defender Craig Dawson... and that's it, job done for the best scouting network in world football. Having said that, Chalobah, Cleverley, Okakaka, and Peñaranda will all be like new signings. Unfit and/or rubbish new signings, but like new nonetheless. Starting the season at home to Brighton means an early chance for our season ticket holders not to turn up to a game or release their seat, thus getting their first strike towards having their season ticket removed next year, and then moaning about how unreasonable it was to be asked to email the ticket office. Happy days! On to our opponents, the Seasiders of Brighton. Would've been confident of victory had they stuck with the anti-football Chris Hughton, a man whose reputation with the pundit class far exceeds his achievements. Instead they've brought in Graham Potter, an eccentric character who looks like he could've been the drummer in a one hit wonder Britpop band. He began his managerial career in Sweden where he coached Ken Sema at Ostersunds. This confers a serious advantage on Brighton as he will know all one of Sema's tricks so might be able to negate him and turn him into an ineffective, slow, one-footed winger. Potter is a bit of an unknown quantity, he did very well at the aforementioned Ostersunds and ok at Swansea on a shoestring budget last season. The Premier League riches have obviously gone to his head as he's just splashed out £22 million on a centre back, putting into context our record fee for a defender of £7.5 million for Daryl Janmaat. No idea how they're likely to line up either in formation or personnel, but at least they will make an attempt to do something other than park the bus like Hughton. Diving little weasel Anthony Knockhaert has gone back to his rightful level in the Championship, removing one of the more interesting sub plots. Watford look nailed on to continue with the 4-2-2-2 (copyright J. Gracia), albeit Deulofeu and Pereyra haven't played any of the recent pre-season games so it remains to be seen if they are fit enough to start. Anyway, off we go for another season of taking each game as it comes, hoping to bloody the nose of the odd top 6 team (any kind of improvement on our 11 defeats out of 12 last season would be welcome) and aiming for a cup run so we can all have another nice couple of days out waving our plastic flags. Unless of course, we end the summer long Sarrga and break our transfer record, in which case we're nailed on to get into Europe and win our first ever proper trophy! COYH!