Wolves host Brighton for Sunday’s early Premier League kick off. Wolves’ season has rather petered out, as any hopes of securing a European place has been dashed.
Brighton aren’t yet mathematically safe from relegation. A win for the Seagulls would guarantee their Premier League status for next season. That leaves the visitors which much more to lose.
The hosts now find themselves just trying to finish as high as possible in the table. Their recent home form leaves a lot to be desired, though.
They were surprisingly beaten 4-0 by Burnley in their last home game. That result may have knocked their confidence as they struggled in a 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Brighton ended a rough run of results with a solid 2-0 win over Leeds last time out. A penalty from Pascal Gross and a second half Danny Welbeck strike secured the three points.
That all but guaranteed the Seagulls would not get dragged into the relegation scrap. It’s still possible, but it would take a very unlikely run of results.
Below, we’ll preview this Premier League fixture and provide our predictions, team news, recommended bets and more…
Wolves v Brighton Predictions
Wolves come into the game on a run that has seen them win just three of their last nine. Those victories came in the form of 1-0 wins over Fulham and Sheffield United in April.
The lack of a consistent goalscorer has been an issue for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season. With Raul Jimenez missing since November, nobody has been able to step up and fill his shooting boots.
The 4-0 loss to Burnley seemed to indicate that Wolves are ready for the season to end now. The following draw with West Brom would also support that theory.
With nothing to play for, Santo may rotate his squad a little and give some fringe players a chance. Either way, Wolves may struggle to get themselves up for this.
Brighton, on the other hand, may have a new lease of life after beating Leeds last time out. That win put them 10 points clear of the drop, with 12 points left to play for.
That means a win here will guarantee their survival for another year. This should give Graham Potter’s men plenty of motivation to give this game their all.
It’s good news for the Seagulls that striker Danny Welbeck has re-discovered his scoring touch. His goals have contributed to Brighton’s recent wins. Fantasy football managers may be adding him to their team this week.
The only concern for Potter and his men will be their away form. In 2021, they’ve only managed to secure three wins on the road.
Both of these sides like to play attractive, attacking football and it could be a cracker. Read on for our Wolves v Brighton predictions.
Wolves v Brighton Head to Head
The last five meetings stretch back to 2018 and all five of them have been tight affairs.
Of the last five clashes between these two, four have ended in a draw, with Brighton winning the other. Two of those draws were 0-0 stalemates, both at Molyneaux.
However, two of the other games were exciting score draws. One was a 2-2 draw at the Amex back in December 2019.
The other was the most recent meeting between these, again at the Amex, which ended 3-3. In a thrilling match up, Wolves went 3-1 up at half time.
But Brighton fought back in the second half to level up and snatch a point from the jaws of defeat. They’ll be keen to reproduce that kind of spirit for this game.
Although the better games between these seems to come at Brighton, the visitors have plenty riding on this game. Can the Seagulls take advantage of Wolves’ poor form?
Wolves Team News – D L W W L
The home side’s injury list makes grim reading for Wolves fans. Jimenez is highly unlikely to play another game this season, but the feeling is Santo is resigned to that fact.
Joining the Mexican on the treatment table are defenders Jonny and Fernando Marcal. Pedro Neto, who has been Wolves’ best player this season, is also out through injury.
Young French defender Rayan Ait Nouri will face a late fitness test. Santo will also be sweating on the fitness of Willy Boly and Joao Moutinho ahead of this game.
The injury-ridden hosts may resort to giving some of the lesser featured players a run out. That would certainly help Brighton’s chances.
Brighton Team News – W L D D L
Long term absentees Tariq Lamptey and Solly March remain on the injury list. Neither are expected to appear in blue and white again for the remainder of this season.
Romainian forward Florin Andone has been out all season and although he is approaching fitness, it’s unlikely he’ll be ready in time for this.
Playmaker Adam Lallana missed the Leeds win with a calf injury. The 32 year old will face a late fitness test and could feature on the bench if he recovers in time.
The former Liverpool midfielder has been key to Brighton’s style of play. Even being able to bring him off the subs bench could provide a vital boost to the visitors’ chances.
Wolves v Brighton Betting Tips
The current form of Wolves is reflected in the 90 minute odds on offer. Santo’s side are the 9/4 outsiders to win the game in our Wolves v Brighton match bets.
The traders obviously feel that Brighton will be confident coming into this. They’re the 13/10 favourites to win the game and secure their Premier League status.
The draw is priced at 9/4 also, for those who think these two may cancel each other out. As mentioned earlier, a lot of the head to heads between these two has seen the spoils shared.
This injury-ridden Wolves side may struggle to hold out Brighton. With nothing on the line for the hosts, this is basically a friendly.