Today’s meeting between Brighton and Wolves at the Amex Stadium promises to be one of the more interesting fixtures of the Premier League weekend, and there could be plenty of goalmouth action at both ends if recent form is anything to go by.
Brighton are one of many teams in an incredibly congested second half of the Premier League table, sitting 13th in the table on 18 points – four points clear of the relegation zone – but only three points off sixth. The mood at the club is generally high; Fans are enjoying Graham Potter’s style of football and it’s bringing results, especially at the Amex, with Brighton having won three of their last four games infront of their own fans.
Aaron Mooy shone in the middle of the park against Arsenal, setting up Neal Maupay’s winner, and Pascal Gross was an effective link between midfield and attack whilst Neal Maupay’s winner was his fifth goal and the Frenchman continues to be a threat through the season.
Their 2-1 win at Arsenal bucked the trend and should have the hosts in extremely high spirits – they deserved that success, winning the expected goals count 1.8-1.1 and dominating the shot count 20-12, and also having 9 shots on target compared to five for the Gunners – although it does come with the caveat that Arsenal are in a tailspin right about now (that defeat extended the Gunners’ winless run to nine games, which is now their longest run without a win since 1977).
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolves
16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD*
(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2010)
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-0 Brighton
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-0 Wolves
APR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 0-2 Brighton
OCT 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-0 Wolves
JAN 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 Wolves
SEP 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 0-0 Brighton
MAR 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 Wolves
DEC 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 1-1 Brighton
MAY 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 2-0 Wolves
NOV 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 3-3 Brighton
Wolves will head here in high spirits, too. They were impressive in beating West Ham 2-0 in midweek, continuing a quietly impressive run of form – that was their third victory in their last four league outings and they haven’t been beaten in the league since the middle of September.
Infact, with five wins, eight draws and two defeats this season, only Liverpool have lost fewer matches and defeat for Chelsea at Everton yesterday has given them a chance to come a bit closer to the top four, especially with a place in the last 32 of the Europa League already booked.
It’s quite a turnaround from a poor start to the season that saw Wolves go winless in six and once again the front three of Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have come to the fore, with Traore particularly impressive in recent weeks, especially on Wednesday. Joao Moutinho is one of the division’s underrated midfielders and the extra 24 hours rest will hopefully have Nuno’s side set to fire.
Both sides have seen plenty of goals in recent weeks. Brighton have averaged two goals a game in their last four home matches and both teams have scored in 79 per cent of Wolves’ Premier League matches this season; Backing both teams to score again today might be the bet.
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