Watford 2-0 Brighton: Roberto Pereyra scores an impressive double in a comfortable victory

Roberto Pereyra (R) was the hero of Watford when they started the new Premier League season with an easy win over Brighton

There was once, only three years ago, when Roberto Pereyra lined up with Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba in a final of the Champions League for Juventus.

This is the state with which he proudly came as a Premier League player two summers ago but for much of his time in England, it seems an illusion to think that Watford had a world-class player at his fingertips.

His progress has been atrophied due to injury problems, particularly a heavy blow to the knee, as well as inconsistency when he has left the field.

Roberto Pereyra (R) was the hero of Watford when they started the new Premier League season with an easy win over Brighton

Roberto Pereyra (R) was the hero of Watford when they started the new Premier League season with an easy win over Brighton

The Argentine forward completes his key nine minutes after the interval by bending the ball past Shane Duffy and Mat Ryan

The Argentine forward completes his key nine minutes after the interval by bending the ball past Shane Duffy and Mat Ryan

The Argentine forward completes his key nine minutes after the interval by bending the ball past Shane Duffy and Mat Ryan

Pereyra, who scored only five goals in all of last season, celebrates after scoring also the first of Watford's new season.

Pereyra, who scored only five goals in all of last season, celebrates after scoring also the first of Watford's new season.

Pereyra, who scored only five goals in all of last season, celebrates after scoring also the first of Watford's new season.

The former Juventus player finds the back of the net with a sensational volley lifted by a corner of left-back Jose Holebas

The former Juventus player finds the back of the net with a sensational volley lifted by a corner of left-back Jose Holebas

The former Juventus player finds the back of the net with a sensational volley lifted by a corner of left-back Jose Holebas

MATCHING FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE

Watford (4-2-2-2): Foster 7, Janmaat 7, Cathcart 7, Kabasele 7, Holebas 7.5; Hughes 7.5 (Sema 81), Doucoure 7, Capoue 6.5, Pereyra 8.5 (Femenia 81); Gray 7 (Success 74, 6), Deeney 7

Subs not used: Gomes, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina

Scorers: Pereyra 35, 54

Reservations: Capoue, Holebas

Manager: Javi Grace 7.5

Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan 6.5, Bruno 5.5 (Bong 25, 6), Duffy 5.5, Dunk 5, Bernardo 5.5; Knockaert 5, Stephens 5.5, Propper 5, March 5 (Jahankabash 71, 5.5); Gross 5 (Bissouma 60, 5.5); Murray 5

Subs not used: Kayal, Locadia, Balogun, Button

Reservations: Stephens, Bernardo

Manager: Chris Hughton 5

Assistance: 20,051

Referee: Jonathan Moss 7

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However, with the Hertfordshire sun, Pereyra reminded the local fans of his talents in a very sensational way, as Watford launched his fourth straight season in the Premier League with a fluent victory over Brighton.

Pereyra's first goal will not improve anywhere in the Premier League this weekend. After a short corner routine, Jose Holebas made a curve from the left side and the Argentine Pereyra saw the flight of the ball and caught it beautifully to throw a volley that went through the hands of goalkeeper Mat Ryan. in the upper corner of the goal.

For Watford, it was a very necessary advance. It has been an unusually stable summer on Vicarage Road, with Javi Gracia as the first manager to finish one season and start the next since the club returned to the Premier League. His transfer transactions have been more reserved, too, with Ben Foster as the only new signing in the starting lineup.

Brighton players look dejected after allowing Pereyra to overtake Watford with a well-worked goal from a set-piece

Brighton players look dejected after allowing Pereyra to overtake Watford with a well-worked goal from a set-piece

Brighton players look dejected after allowing Pereyra to overtake Watford with a well-worked goal from a set-piece

Watford supporters celebrate Pereyra's heroics as they expect an improvement in last season's 14th league position

Watford supporters celebrate Pereyra's heroics as they expect an improvement in last season's 14th league position

Watford supporters celebrate Pereyra's heroics as they expect an improvement in last season's 14th league position

Anthony Knockaert falls on the floor after a challenge from Christian Kabasele, but the referee did not give a penalty

Anthony Knockaert falls on the floor after a challenge from Christian Kabasele, but the referee did not give a penalty

Anthony Knockaert falls on the floor after a challenge from Christian Kabasele, but the referee did not give a penalty

After the departure of Brazilian Richarlison to Everton, some observers have wondered if Watford could be affected this season.

Not in this evidence. Watford defended himself with more authority, passed the ball with more purpose in midfield, as Will Hughes and Abdoulaye Doucoure controlled the play and created the clearest opportunities.

Watford fans enjoyed it, serenading their doorman with songs from & # 39; Foster & # 39; s Coming Home & # 39; after the goalkeeper returned for the first time since his loan spell at the club eleven years ago.

For Brighton, the portents are less positive. This was a performance that should generate concerns. Chris Hughton supervised a summer expense of more than £ 50 million, but the Bernardo defender of £ 8.5m was the only new starter.

Brighton, despite his good progress last season, had the worst visitor record in the division, with only 11 points and only won two games, and that same inhibited form came back here. The visiting team did not have a blank shot during the whole game and it simply must be better.

These are, of course, the first days of the campaign, but Hughton is well aware that his team will face Manchester United and Liverpool in their next two games and will also play against Tottenham and Manchester City before the end of September. .

Kabasele fights for the possession of Pascal Gross while Brighton fights for a foothold in the game in Hertfordshire

Kabasele fights for the possession of Pascal Gross while Brighton fights for a foothold in the game in Hertfordshire

Kabasele fights for the possession of Pascal Gross while Brighton fights for a foothold in the game in Hertfordshire

Brighton loses experienced captain Bruno Saltor for injury problems after only 26 minutes, with Gaetan Bong in place

Brighton loses experienced captain Bruno Saltor for injury problems after only 26 minutes, with Gaetan Bong in place

Brighton loses experienced captain Bruno Saltor for injury problems after only 26 minutes, with Gaetan Bong in place

Hornets boss Javi Gracia, who replaced Marco Silva in January, gives instructions to his players from the sideline.

Hornets boss Javi Gracia, who replaced Marco Silva in January, gives instructions to his players from the sideline.

Hornets boss Javi Gracia, who replaced Marco Silva in January, gives instructions to his players from the sideline.

In truth, Brighton never seemed to cause any trouble to Watford. Watford was sharper from the start, as Andre Gray slipped through the goal and had a little effort saved by Mat Ryan.

Gray's move, along with the enduring presence of Troy Deeney, was often too much for the Brighton defense and the pair really should have had a goal each in the first period.

On the day of the match program, Deeney revealed that she had spoken with a nutritionist and that she had lost some weight during the summer. It certainly appeared faster when it entered the middle of the first half.

A quick counterattack freed the striker and when Pereyra's low strike got in his way from a distance of ten yards, Deeney only had to hit the goalie, but Ryan denied it brilliantly. In the current goalkeeper market, Brighton's signature for £ 5.2 million Ryan last summer seems to be an increasingly shrewd business.

The other number, Chris Hughton, does the same when he tries to improve Brighton's unfortunate visitor record in the top flight.

The other number, Chris Hughton, does the same when he tries to improve Brighton's unfortunate visitor record in the top flight.

The other number, Chris Hughton, does the same when he tries to improve Brighton's unfortunate visitor record in the top flight.

Uncertainty in Watford penalty area as new signing Ben Foster seeks to keep his clean sheet intact behind a corner

Uncertainty in Watford penalty area as new signing Ben Foster seeks to keep his clean sheet intact behind a corner

Uncertainty in Watford penalty area as new signing Ben Foster seeks to keep his clean sheet intact behind a corner

Veteran striker Glenn Murray sits on the floor rubbing his foot on a frustrating afternoon for Brighton's attacking unit.

Veteran striker Glenn Murray sits on the floor rubbing his foot on a frustrating afternoon for Brighton's attacking unit.

Veteran striker Glenn Murray sits on the floor rubbing his foot on a frustrating afternoon for Brighton's attacking unit.

The man of the moment Pereyra is under pressure by Albion midfielder Dale Stephens during the first competitive half of the action

The man of the moment Pereyra is under pressure by Albion midfielder Dale Stephens during the first competitive half of the action

The man of the moment Pereyra is under pressure by Albion midfielder Dale Stephens during the first competitive half of the action

Brighton threatened briefly. Dale Stephens connected a volley from Bruno's cross and Knockaert rejected a very mild penalty.

It only increased the resentment between the local public of Watford and the French extreme. There is history after the lack of Knockaert in a semifinal of play-off for Leicester against Watford and Knockaert was the last season the receiver of a frightful red card of Miguel Britos in the corresponding match.

After the break, it seemed that Brighton could only improve, but instead, Watford took the initiative. Gracia's team should have doubled their lead when Jose Holebas's outstanding free-kick was received by Christian Kabasele, but sealed his victory when Pereyra sneaked in on the left flank, opened his body and made a clinical end in the far corner .

Brighton custodian Ryan stands confidently on Duffy and striker Troy Deeney to claim possession inside his penalty area.

Brighton custodian Ryan stands confidently on Duffy and striker Troy Deeney to claim possession inside his penalty area.

Brighton custodian Ryan stands confidently on Duffy and striker Troy Deeney to claim possession inside his penalty area.

Watford singer Andre Gray and stunning Brighton defender Lewis Dunk compete for air supremacy on Vicarage Road

Watford singer Andre Gray and stunning Brighton defender Lewis Dunk compete for air supremacy on Vicarage Road

Watford singer Andre Gray and stunning Brighton defender Lewis Dunk compete for air supremacy on Vicarage Road

French midfielder Etienne Capoue screams after a challenge from Stephens before being booked for a foul

French midfielder Etienne Capoue screams after a challenge from Stephens before being booked for a foul

French midfielder Etienne Capoue screams after a challenge from Stephens before being booked for a foul

Ben Foster made his second debut for Watford among the messages after rejoining the West Brom club during the summer

Brighton fans filled the opposite end on Vicarage Road to see their team start a second campaign in the Premier League.

Brighton fans filled the opposite end on Vicarage Road to see their team start a second campaign in the Premier League.

Brighton fans filled the opposite end on Vicarage Road to see their team start a second campaign in the Premier League.

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