We’re due a win in this fixture.
There’s only been one Wolves victory over the Seagulls in the last 13 meetings between the clubs.
Last season they came to Molineux and stunk the place out to get a point closer to safety.
Wolves had 68% of the ball, 23 shots and didn’t even commit a single foul in the game – underlining Brighton’s reluctance to vacate their own half.
Yet there was no way through and I remember feeling like we ran out of ideas much sooner than we should have done.
This should play out differently.
Graham Potter has made them easier on the eye, but the problem remains the same – not enough goals.
Neal Maupay has managed 8 in a respectable first Premier League season, but you could say he’s only replacing what Glenn Murray gave them last time.
It’s 1s, 2s, and 3s from everyone else and they’re overly reliant on center halves to get their heads on set pieces.
The general consensus seems to be they’re creating the chances, just not taking them.
I thought they looked a robust, competitive outfit in our 2-2 draw in December, but very static in attack without the pace to really cause the opposition headaches.
I saw some of their defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend too and it was a turgid old game. They could easily have got something, but equally can’t complain too much that it went away from them.
They’ve so far won 2, drawn 4 and lost 8 away from home and with a nightmare run of fixtures on the horizon those statistics don’t show signs of improving.
Currently just a single point above the relegation zone, it looks like being another scrap for survival between now and May.
The away end
Thanks to Scott from WeAreBrighton for giving me the lowdown on his team. I also answered some questions for him, which you can read here if that’s of interest. Here’s what he had to say.
Since we last met at the Amex, Brighton’s season has gone off the rails in alarming fashion. We’ve only won once, a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth and have failed to beat Aston Villa, Watford and Palace at home.
All the optimism that was there in the first few months of Graham Potter’s reign has disappeared and people have begun to openly question his decision making, such as breaking up the Shane Duffy – Lewis Dunk partnership because Duffy can’t play a 60 yard pass and Adam Webster can.
There’s also the issue of Glenn Murray, who Potter has been reluctant to use all season because a traditional target man doesn’t fit into his Potterball philosophy – never mind that we miss three or four chances every week of the sort that Murray eats for breakfast.
As a result, you won’t find many Albion fans who will be heading to Wolves with much confidence – even with our ridiculously good record against you. What Brighton really need is a repeat of last season’s game as Molineux, as terrible as that was as a spectacle.
The only way we’re going to stay up is by grinding out results, especially with a horror run of fixtures to come – Arsenal at home, Leicester away, Manchester United at home, Norwich City away and Manchester City and Liverpool at home takes us up until the end of April, by which time we could be deep in the brown stuff.
The good news for Wolves is that there is no chance of a Potter-managed Brighton grinding out a 0-0 draw. Raul Jimenez will fancy his chances of causing serious damage if Potter sticks with a back four with Webster and Dunk at centre back – we got a point at Sheffield United when he switched to a three and recalled Duffy – and our only half decent holding midfielder is Dale Stephens and he’s been out-of-form since picking up a suspension in December, so to Diogo Jota will probably have plenty of room to work his magic in. It could be a long afternoon.
I am loving the fact that Nuno can deploy the 343 or the 352 at any time and coaches have no idea which it will be. That surely gives us an edge?
I really thought we’d see the 352 at Spurs with Dendoncker adding some bulk to the midfield, but Traore started and ultimately did the business.
On the face of it, you’d imagine we’d want to be more attacking in this game given our respective positions in the league but who knows?
Nuno said it was huge to get Vinagre back from injury so quickly and I’m inclined to agree, particularly with Jonny out. Still not sure if the Spaniard is fit enough to return but if he’s not I’m comfortable.
Hopefully, Traore’s shoulder is safely back in its socket but if we’re sparing him, Dendoncker, Neto or Podence could all be in consideration.
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