Few could ever forget our last meeting with the Seagulls.
The final meek surrender of the Dean Saunders era that saw Wolves relegated and Brighton sail into the playoffs was a low point in the history of our great club.
But while Wolves have since regrouped and come back stronger, things haven’t gone to plan for the other Albion.
Gus Poyet couldn’t guide them past Crystal Palace in their semi-final that year and Oscar Garcia suffered the same fate last term.
This year just staying in the Championship looks like the best they can realistically hope to achieve.
There’s a smidgen of irony that Brighton arrive at Molineux managed by Sami Hyypia.
Only because the season that ended with Wolves relegated at The Amex, started with the appointment of an untested Scandinavian manager.
When will the Championship learn it’s not a formula for success?
Perhaps Hyypia will ultimately succeed where Solbakken, Berg and Solskjaer failed, but 1 win in 10 suggests he’s not far off being added to that less than illustrious list.
In fact, the former Liverpool defender has only presided over 3 league victories from his 21 matches to date on the south coast. They’re teetering on the edge.
That season we went down, I remember Solbakken picked up a win against Blackpool and with festive home fixtures against struggling Peterborough and Ipswich to come, I thought we’d be back near the play-offs by new year.
So it’s with trepidation that we should approach what looks like a highly winnable fixture that could elevate Wolves back into top six contention.
I don’t think Kenny will make any changes to the team that saw off Sheffield Wednesday. That should mean a home debut for Kortney Hause who I’m looking forward to seeing and a third straight start for Dominic Iorfa who I hope will impress again.
Leon Clarke might be pushing for a start after his late winner last weekend and there’s a chance Nouha Dicko could return to the bench, so forward positions could be rotated over Christmas.
Wolves need to play with confidence and intensity from the start. If they can do that against a struggling team, then I see no reason we shouldn’t win.
With two youngsters in the back four, there exists a greater risk of individual error, but both players look strong and capable so hopefully that won’t be the case.
Brighton have brought in Darren Bent of course and he’s already found the net. If we are charitable defensively, I suspect he’ll punish us.
Still, I’m going for a semi-comfortable home win.
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