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  1. Watford (14th) finished a place and a point above Brighton last season
  2. Hornets conceded more home goals (31) than any other PL side in 2017-18
  3. Brighton had worst away record in PL last season

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By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Roberto Pereyra of Watford

    That's all from the opening game of the season for Watford and Brighton.

    Our coverage of today's Premier League action, including live reaction from this match, continues here.

    See you next time!


    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    A deserved victory for Watford.

    Will we see many better volleys than the one Roberto Pereyra hit for the opener?

    Roberto Pereyra
  3. 'Disappointing Brighton'

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland winger on Final Score

    Brighton have been disappointing and they haven't been able to create any chances. They have sat very deep and they haven't had an out ball. Watford have dominated the game.

    Anthony Knockaert

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    We'll have four added minutes at Vicarage Road.


    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    There's no hat-trick for Roberto Pereyra, but there is a standing ovation.

    No question over man of the match in this one, as the Argentine comes off, to be replace by Kiko Femenia

  6. YELLOW CARD - Bernardo

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    It hasn't been a dream debut for Brighton's Bernardo, who goes into the book for a foul on Watford sub Isaac Success, who came on for Andre Gray in the 74th minute.


    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    A change for the hosts - Will Hughes is replaced by Ken Sema, who joined from Norwegian side Ostersunds in the summer transfer window.

    Ken Sema
  8. Post update

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Alireza Jahanbakhsh delivers a corner to the near post but it's headed over by Davy Propper.

  9. YELLOW CARD - Jose Holebas

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Jose Holebas goes in the book for a foul on Glenn Murray.

    yellow card Glenn Murray

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    That's the end of Solly March's contribution.

    And it's another new face for Brighton. They bring on record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The Iranian was at this summer's World Cup in Russia.

  11. CLOSE!

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Yves Bissouma is doing his level best to bring Brighton back into this.

    The Malian's latest effort sees him exchange passing with Solly March before firing wide.

  12. Post update

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Having won the free-kick, Yves Bissouma will look to have a go at goal here... it's about 20 yards from goal...

    But when he hits the ball, it goes high and wide.

  13. YELLOW CARD - Etienne Capoue

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Etienne Capoue goes into the book of referee Jon Moss for holding back Brighton sub Yves Bissouma.

    Etienne Capoue
  14. Post update

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    That is a pretty straight swap for Brighton, by all accounts. Yves Bissouma will play off Glenn Murray.

  15. 'Pereyra looks so cultured'

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Dion Dublin

    Ex-Aston Villa striker on Final Score

    Roberto Pereyra looks so cultured. Mat Ryan can't react to it in the Brighton goal because he drops the shoulder and strikes it quickly.

    Roberto Pereyra

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    Brighton are going to make their first change.

    Off comes Pascal Gross, who is replaced by summer signing Yves Bissouma who makes his Seagulls debut.

  17. Post update

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    That was a real stinker from Brighton's point of view. Both of the goals could have been avoided.

  18. GOAL - Roberto Pereyra

    Watford 2-0 Brighton

    What an afternoon this is turning into for Roberto Pereyra.

    The Argentine picks up the ball and drives into the area after good work by Jose Holebas.

    He looks to be losing the angle needed for a shot on goal before curling beyond the helpless Mat Ryan.

    Roberto Pereyra
  19. CLOSE!

    Watford 1-0 Brighton

    It should be 2-0.

    Jose Holebas swings a free-kick in which finds Christian Kabasele unmarked, but he heads over.

    A let-off for Brighton.

  20. KICK-OFF

    Watford 1-0 Brighton

    Off we go again at Vicarage Road.

    A reminder that Brighton have already made a change in this one, after captain Bruno was forced off injured. Gaetan Bong has taken his place.

    Bruno injury