Football Predictions

Brighton vs Wolves preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Harry Edwards

Premier League preview: Brighton v Wolves

Published: 14:45, 6 December 2019

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to build on their win over Arsenal when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.

Graham Potter’s side shocked the Emirates with a 2-1 win against the Gunners, though it was well-deserved on a wonderful performance.

It was their first win in four league games and they now face tough opposition this weekend with Wolves in good form. Wolves currently sit fifth in the table and are unbeaten in their past 10 Premier League games since losing to Chelsea in mid-September.

Can Potter continue his magic or will Wolves’ excellent run go on? Read on for our Brighton vs Wolves preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Brighton vs Wolves and what TV channel is it on?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Amex Stadium

Date: Sunday, 08 September 2019

Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event

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)

Ones to watch

Brighton: Neal Maupay

Usurping Glenn Murray’s importance for Brighton always looked as though it was going to be a tall order, but Neal Maupay appears to be doing that this season.

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.

Then, Maupay led the line alongside Aaron Connolly and it would be surprising to see Potter go with any other pairing. Maupay is also still unbeaten for Brighton when scoring, winning four and drawing once.

Key stat: Neal Maupay has been directly involved in more goals than Neal Maupay (five) this season.

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 deputising at centre-back in recent weeks, replacing the injury Willy Boly and has done an excellent job.

Not looking out of place, 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.

Key stat: Leander Dendoncker has won 72 duels in the Premier League this season.

Team news

Brighton

After their impressive win at the Emirates, Potter may be persuaded to stick with the same XI, meaning Shane Duffy must make do with a spot on the bench. The Irishman has fallen slightly out of favour with Adam Webster preferred to partner Lewis Dunk.

However, Martin Montoya could return to replace Steven Alzate at right-back after he was dropped to the bench for the Arsenal game.

Predicted XI: Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Stephens; Propper, Mooy; Groß; Maupay, Connolly.

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Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo may also be persuaded to remain unchanged from their win over West Ham on Wednesday such is the strength of their first XI.

Patrick Cutrone did make a quick impact in coming off the bench to secure the victory but it will be hard for him to displace the attacking trio of Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore.

Predicted XI: Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez, Jota.

Squawka prediction

Wolves have scored just one goal in their past six games against Brighton but that will certainly not be the case on Sunday.

Both sides are exciting in attack and their styles of play will make for an interesting battle. Brighton can be open defensively at times, which the likes of Jimenez will look to exploit, while Maupay can do the business for the Seagulls’ attack.

It will be a close one and could potentially end in a high-scoring draw.

Scoreline prediction: Brighton 2-2 Wolves

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