Wolves look to steady themselves after a slump of late when they take on Brighton on Saturday in the Premier League with big expectations of a victory over the Seagulls.
Molineux, Wolverhampton, England
Key Stat: Apart from the two sides set for the drop and the one on pole for the third relegation slot, Brighton have the worst away record in the league with just 11 points from 16 games.
Expert Verdict: Things couldn't be much worse for Brighton right now. The Seagulls already were going to enter this match as one of the worst away sides in the division, and now they come into this match sitting just two points above the relegation fray having lost at home to fellow contenders Cardiff. A trip to Wolves right now isn't as menacing as it would have been months ago, but it will till be unsettling for them. They are devoid of confidence, and that keeps up as they drop a sixth successive PL match.
Nuno Espirito Santo has no injuries or suspensions to account for as his side look to rebound from back to back defeats.
One of the best players this term in the league that has gotten very little praise has been center midfielder Joao Moutinho. The Portuguese international has crafted eight goals already and has been as solid as you can be in the center of the park, helping bring Ruben Neves up to speed brilliantly well in his first PL season. Up front, Raul Jimenez is the man to keep a watch on. He dovetails so well with Jota, freeing up his strike partner. Still yet, he’s got 12 goals of his own and will remain a central figure for the club going forward due to that productivity.
Wolves have three losses and two wins in their last five matches:
3-1 loss at Southampton
3-2 extra loss vs Watford (FA Cup)
2-1 home win vs Manchester United
2-0 loss at Burnley
2-1 home win vs Manchester United (FA Cup)
Defenders:Saiss, Coady, Boly
Midfielders:Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Castro
Chris Hughton has only one player missing, and that will be winger Anthony Knockaert, who remains out via suspension after his red card against Bournemouth.
It’s been a long, long time since the Seagulls scored a goal, and desperate times called for desperate measures. Glenn Murray, despite his advancing age, has to be the man they call upon. He has been here before to lead his team when they needed him most and they will have to count on him to end his duck and add to the 11 he has already registered. Shane Duffy at the back is going to be just as important. With goals proving so tough to come by, the center back has to lock down Wolves and make sure they keep a clean sheet to have a chance at a point. He’s also scored five goals, good enough for second on the squad.
Brighton have lost each of their last five matches:
0-2 home loss vs Cardiff
0-5 home loss vs Bournemouth
1-0 loss at Manchester City (FA Cup)
3-0 loss at Chelsea
0-1 home loss vs Southampton
Defenders:Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo
Midfielders:Gross, Stephens, Propper
Forwards:March, Murray, Andone
After 21 meetings, Brighton have a dominant record against Wolves. They have 11 wins, seven draws, and three losses to show so far.
Here's a look at the last five results:
Oct 27, 2018: Brighton 1-0 Wolves
Apr 14, 2017: Wolves 0-2 Brighton (Championship)
Oct 18, 2016: Brighton 1-0 Wolves (Championship)
Jan 1, 2016: Brighton 0-1 Wolves (Championship)
Sep 19, 2015: Wolves 0-0 Brighton (Championship)
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Wolves are at 7/10 to win, a draw is at 12/5, and a Brighton win is at 9/2.
Wolves come into this round of fixtures in eighth place in the division. They sit on 47 point from 33 matches and are only trailing Leicester for that possible European place on goal difference. They do have a game in hand over them, though, but do have a couple of tricky fixtures that will prove quite hard to win. So this is a must-win, really, if they are to achieve the seventh place finish. In the past four matches, they have just a single win and four points to show along with two losses in the past three.
Remaining Fixtures: vs Brighton, vs Arsenal, @ Watford, vs Fulham, @ Liverpool
Brighton come into this weekend in major trouble of losing their status as a top flight side due to a massive collapse of late. They are in 17th with 33 points, just two ahead of Cardiff at the start of play. They do have an extra game, but given how poorly they have played, it might not help. Not to mention that they play four top ten teams and three of the top six to finish out. They have lost five matches running now, scoring zero goals in those games.
Remaining Fixtures: @ Wolves, @ Tottenham, vs Newcastle, @ Arsenal, vs Manchester City
Wolves begin the weekend in devastating good form as it relates to home matches. They sit eighth with 27 points taken from 16 games thus far. But it’s the recent work that deserves to be commended. They have 13 points and four wins from their first five outings there, showing that Brighton have a massive task ahead of them.
The Seagulls start with a putrid away record this term. Only 11 points have been earned by them, with only three teams lower in the table sitting below them when it relates to away totals. They have only three wins away all season and just two draws, too, though one of the wins came in the past five. They also have four losses in that stretch, though, so it’s not too big of an achievement.
Wolves winning with a clean sheet is at 31/20 via Ladbrokes.
Betfair has no for both sides scoring at 1.61.
Chris Hughton is fighting for his job while his team fights for their top flight status. They are headed down the drain and quick, and it’s just tough to predict them to change that possibility in this match given their massive lack of form at just the wrong time. They can’t score, and that keeps on.