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📝 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Brighton: Match Preview & Line-ups

Sun 08 December 2019 | 10:58

Wolverhampton Wanderers hope to take their unbeaten league streak to 11 matches as they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.

Competition:

Premier League

,

Wolverhampton Wanderers

vs.

Brighton

Date: Sunday, 08 September 2019

Time: 4:30 PM (UK time)

Venue: Amex Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers

could climb into the top four by the end of the year following a terrific run of form in all competitions.

Wolves

2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.

Brighton & Hove Albion

are looking to build on their win over Arsenal when they face

Nuno Espirito Santo's side

this weekend to continue to climb the

Premier League

table.

Graham Potter’s side

secured their well-deserved win at the

Gunners

as they recorded a 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium.

Head-to-head

results:

·        

The seagulls

have lost just one of their last 10 games against

Wolves

(W4, D5).

·        

Wolves

have scored just once in the previous six meetings and failed to net in the last four.

·        

The

Molineux

side have also been unable to score in the last seven top-flight meetings.

·        

Wolves

' only top-flight goal against

Brighton

was scored by Mel Eves, in a 3-1 defeat at Molineux on 21 December 1979.

Last five meetings: Brighton vs Wolves

20 April 2019:

Wolves

0-0

Brighton

(

Premier League

)

27 October 2018:

Brighton

1-0

Wolves

(

Premier League

)

14 April 2017:

Wolves

0-2

Brighton

(Championship)

18 October 2016:

Brighton

1-0

Wolves

(Championship)

01 January 2016:

Brighton

0-1

Wolves

(Championship)

Aggregate Score:

Brighton

(DWWWL) 4-1

Wolves

(DLLLW)

Key Statistics:

·        

Brighton

have won three of their last four league games against

Wolves

drawing the other and keeping a clean sheet in each match.

·        

The last six league meetings between

Brighton

and

Wolves

have produced just five goals, with

Brighton

winning three times (4 goals) to

Wolves

' one (1 goal) and two goalless draws.

·        

Seagulls

lost their last home

Premier League

match, losing 2-0 to Leicester. They haven't lost two in a row since April, while manager Graham Potter lost two home league games in a row in November 2018 as Swansea City manager.

·        

Wolves

are unbeaten in their last five

Premier League

away games (W2 D3). They had a longer run without defeat on the road in the top-flight between February-September 1959 (10 games).

·        

Since a 3-3 draw at Molineux in November 2012, neither

Brighton

or

Wolves

have scored more than twice in any of the nine meetings between the sides, with

Wolves

failing to score at all on six occasions in that run.

·        

Brighton

are one of only three teams that Nuno Espirito Santo has faced as

Wolves

boss in all competitions and failed to see his side score (two games), along with Huddersfield Town, and Sunderland (also two games).

·        

João Moutinho has registered 12

Premier League

assists for

Wolves

- only Matt Jarvis (13) has more for the club in the competition.

Players to watch:

Brighton: Neal Maupay

The 23-year-old is

Brighton

’s top scorer in the

Premier League

with five goals and has featured in every game so far, starting 12. His goals have been fairly spread out for

Brighton

but the most recent was a winning effort against Arsenal on Thursday.

Maupay led the line alongside Aaron Connolly and it would be surprising to see Potter go with any other pairing. Maupay is still unbeaten for

Brighton

when scoring, winning four, and drawing once.

Wolves: Leander Dendoncker

If

Wolves

are to keep a hold on Maupay, then the performance of Leander Dendoncker will be key. The Belgian has been deputizing at center-back in recent weeks, replacing the injured Willy Boly and has done an excellent job.

The defensive midfielder was vital to

Wolves

’ 2-0 win over West Ham, keeping their first league clean sheet since the start of October.

Dendoncker won four aerial duels, made three tackles, and one interception while also scoring in the win.

He has won 72 duels in the

Premier League

this season.

Team News:

Solly March and Jose Izquierdo remain on the sidelines for

Brighton

. Head coach Potter has no injury concerns from the side that featured against Arsenal on Thursday night, and therefore it would not be a surprise to see alterations with Martin Montoya pushing for a spot at right-back.

Shane Duffy and Leandro Trossard also appeared as substitutes at the Emirates Stadium and will be pushing for starts, although Glenn Murray is more likely to sit on the bench.

Aaron Connolly and Maupay could again start in the final third with Pascal Gross in the hole behind, while Dan Burn's impressive outing against the

Gunners

should see him keep his spot at the left-back.

For

Wolves

, key center-back Willy Boly and young forward Morgan Gibbs-White remain unavailable. Nuno otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Adama Traore

, Raul Jimenez, and Diogo Jota are likely to continue as the front three, while Leander Dendoncker could keep his spot in central defense alongside Romain Saiss and Conor Coady.

Patrick Cutrone scored off the bench against West Ham during the week, although the Italian is again expected to be named among the substitutes alongside Pedro Neto.

Possible starting lineups:

Brighton & Hove Albion XI

(4-3-3):

Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Mooy, Stephens, Propper; Gross; Maupay, Connolly

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI

(3-4-2-1):

Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez, Jota


source: SportMob