Just one place separated these sides in the Premier League last season – and Watford will be looking to come out of top again today.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has been significantly backed in the transfer window this summer but admits he would gladly settle for 17th place such is his remit to keep his club in the top-flight once more.
And Hughton will be keen to silence the Vicarage Road faithful this afternoon and get Brighton’s season off to a brilliant start.
But will Watford open the new campaign with a bang? Follow all the drama as it unfolds, right here.
Provisional Watford squad: Foster, Gomes, Janmaat, Kaboul, Britos, Prodl, Mariappa, Cathcart, Feminia, Zeegelaar, Masina, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deeney, Gray.
Provisional Brighton squad: Ryan, Button, Steele, Bernardo, Bruno, Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun, Schelotto, Montoya, Suttner, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Hemed, Murray.