IT'S BACK! AND IT'S BETTER THAN EVER! Forget about the World Cup because Sky didn't have the rights, the best league in the world™ returns next weekend and with it, a clash to whet the appetites of football fans around the world - Watford v Brighton, putting the turd into Soccer Saturday. So what's happened over the summer? Well, for once we have the same head coach as last season, as Javi Gracia mumbled his way into a shot at a second season. This is a huge advantage as he knows the majority of the squad, so has already despatched a third of them to the treatment room where they belong. Hopefully he's been putting the rest of them through training drills as exciting and easy to understand as this all pre-season: The whole of the first choice midfield hasn't played a minute of pre-season, nor has biggest money signing Deulofeu. There's no injury crisis though, it's completely normal to try an 18 year old centre back, another centre back who's permanently injured and something called a Jack Rodwell out to see if any can partner fourth choice centre midfielder Etienne Capoue. Also, Younes Kaboul - what's the point? We've signed some players but no striker or senior centre back in this moment, with just 4 days of the window left. Our opponents hail from the People's Republic of Brighton, which seems a nice enough place - all tolerance, park-and-rides and Green Party Councillors. Ok, their football team is a bit boring with Steady Eddie Chris Hughton at the helm but you can't really dislike them. It was more fun playing them when we were in the Championship and various combinations of Deeney, Vydra, Forestieri and Ighalo would tear them to pieces like the six point fodder they were. Last season we turned the tables and gifted them four points, didn't score and only managed one shot on target over the two games. The only thing anyone can remember of those two encounters was Miguel Britos' dirty protest at being played out of position at left back, which was worth throwing away two points for, just to hear the outrage from various rent-a-moron pundits. Thumb pointing goon Garth Crooks claimed "I have not seen a tackle like that in 400 years" or something like that and Gary Lineker put on his extra shocked rubber face during Match of the Day. "That was a disgraceful tackle by Britos..." Brighton finished one place below Watford last season, with one point LESS/FEWER but identical goal difference. We scored ten more than them but they conceded ten LESS/FEWER. They were a sort of functional lower-mid table team, plodding along scoring LESS/FEWER than a goal a game but getting a lot of goodwill as the media love Chris Hughton and his backwards, safety first football, and they've got a nice stadium. For this game, Brighton have somehow managed to accrue injury and fitness issues that nearly rival the Hornets, with old man striker Glenn Murray getting a knock in pre-season, and Jurgen Locadia, Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo all struggling to be fit. Anyway, this would have been a game that we should be targeting to win to get the season off to a flyer but as we're already likely to be sticking a patched-up team out there, and playing two upfront just so we can bypass our non-existent midfield, we should probably be content enough if we extend our rather impressive record of not losing an opening day game since 2006/7. Up the Hornets!