Wolves v Brighton: Likely line-ups for Premier League clash – Brighton & Hove Independent

Wolves v Brighton: Likely line-ups for Premier League clash - Brighton & Hove Independent

Guide to the remaining fixtures for Albion and Cardiff

The Seagulls are just two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after Tuesdays 2-0 loss at home to Cardiff.

Albion have failed to score in their last five games and meet a Wolves side who still have their sights set on a seventh-placed finish and with it a possible Europa League place.

In the meeting between the teams earlier this season, Brighton striker Glenn Murray got the only goal of the game.

With Chris Hughton’s side sitting just outside of the relegation spots in the Premier League and only two points ahead of Cardiff City (they do have a game in hand), BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has tipped life to get more difficult for them at the Molineux, as he expects us to return to winning ways once again in a 2-0 victory and thusly, send them to five straight defeats on the spin.

Raul Jimenez has starred in his first season in the Premier League with 12 goals and seven assists, while Diogo Jota has seven goals and four assists.

With Wolverhampton Wanderers’ form wobbling of late as our FA Cup exploits seem to have caught up with our league results given two defeats in the last three matches, head coach Nuno Espirito Santo continues to prepare the lads for this Saturday’s top flight clash with struggling Brighton and Hove Albion.

Defender Willy Boly has chipped in with four goals, while Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Neves and Matt Doherty all have three each.

Our wobble is undeniable but we haven’t been as bad as recent results imply on paper and the aim is to end the season strongly and top what has been otherwise a very good return to the top flight of English football, and Brighton certainly presents an opportunity to do just that.

Neves and Joao Moutinho pull the strings in the middle of the park, with Moutinho having provided eight assists this season.

Wolves defensive record is the sixth best in the division and keeper Rui Patricio has kept six clean sheets.

Currently eighth, Wolves are still right in the hunt to finish seventh which could be enough to seal a Europa League place for next season.

Despite a 3-1 defeat at Southampton last time out, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is unlikely to make too many changes to his starting line-up.

Likely line-up: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Otto; Jimenez, Otto. Subs (from): Ruddy, Saiss, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Traore, Kilman, Ennis.

Chris Hughtons side are two points above Cardiff with a game in hand and a superior goal difference (-21 to -33).

The momentum, however, appears to be with the Welshmen after their 2-0 win at the Amex on Tuesday and a slightly easier run-in.

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