Wolverhampton Wanderers, currently sitting in the lofty heights of eighth place in the Premier League table, welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Molineux on Saturday afternoon. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have enjoyed a great season, and are looking for a second victory in three league games to boost their chances of qualifying for the Europa League next season.
Chris Hughton’s Brighton side sit just two points above the relegation zone, and desperately need a win after conceding seven goals in their last two games and scoring none. They were beaten 5-0 at home to Bournemouth last weekend, and then lost 2-0, also at home, to Cardiff City on Tuesday evening. Brighton have won only one of their last eight away league games, and have not kept a clean sheet in 11 games on the road.
Wolves vs Brighton Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Albion
Our prediction for this game is that the home side will emerge from the contest as comfortable winners. Wolves are enjoying a fantastic season, and the chance to claim a European place in their first season after promotion from the Championship will provide them with some powerful motivation to win this game. The Seagulls are sinking fast, and their form in recent weeks suggests a team that is in serious danger of relegation. The lack of any real goal-scoring threat must be of particular concern to the club’s supporters and staff. It could be a long afternoon for Hughton and his team.
Our recommended tip: Wolves 2-0
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 6/1 on Wolves winning the game 2-0. Odds of 6/1 offer good value for punters. Wolves have looked confident in recent weeks, despite their defeat in the FA Cup semi-final to Watford, and they should have far too mucg quality for a floundering Brighton team. Seven goals have been conceded by the Seagulls in their last two games, without them managing one in reply. That kind of form could be terminal for their chances of staying in the English top flight.
Brighton have won their last three league matches against the Wanderers, and have managed to keep a clean sheet in each of those games. They have lost only two of their 14 matches at Molineux in all competitions. In total, the teams have faced each other on 31 previous occasions in all competitions, with Brighton winning 15 of those games and Wolves just six. There have been 10 draws.
The teams have met just once previously in the Premier League. That game was earlier this season, at the Amex Stadium in October. Brighton won 1-0, thanks to a Glenn Murray goal.
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Players to watch: Diogo Jota & Glenn Murray
Wolves midfielder Diogo Jota has directly contributed to nine goals in his last seven Premier League home matches. The Portuguese has scored six goals and contributed three assists. The only game in which he has not scored or assisted in that run of games was the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United. In total this season, he has seven goals and four assists from 28 Premier League appearances. Of 39 attempts on goal, 17 have been on target.
Brighton desperately need someone to score some goals if they are to secure a place in the Premier League for next season. With Anthony Knockaert absent with suspension, the burden falls on the shoulders of veteran striker Glenn Murray. The 35-year-old has 11 goals from 33 Premier League games in 2018/19, and his team desperately need at least one from him on Saturday in the West Midlands. Three of those goals have come from the penalty spot.