Is this even going ahead?
Man Utd had their game against Brentford postponed late yesterday evening and there must be a reasonable chance this one will follow suit by tomorrow after Brighton’s Covid outbreak.
I’m not sure about the criteria for such a decision, but I hope for the sake of those planning to make the long trip south there’s clarity well ahead of time.
On a purely football-related basis, it might be handy for Wolves to get a game in against a depleted Brighton side before another tough challenge against Chelsea on Sunday.
Not that this fixture has been particularly kind to us in the past.
The Seagulls had the opposite start to the season that we experienced, winning four of their first five league matches. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t tasted victory since.
There have been plenty of draws and nearly moments, but it’s been a slow descent down the table in recent months for Graham Potter’s men.
Much like Wolves, they don’t score or concede many and the teams come into this game with an identical goal difference. Funny, when you consider the two games produced nine goals last season.
Neal Maupay is top-scorer with a highly respectable six league goals to date, but it’s getting others on the scoresheet that has been the problem.
Leandro Trossard has a couple and it will have been a blow to see him carried off against Southampton in their last Premier League outing. However, it seems like the Belgian has made a swift recovery and will feature tomorrow.
Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster and Danny Welbeck have all been ruled out and of course there is the mystery over which other members of the playing staff could be absent due to Covid.
Those that do take to the field should be fresh after their game against Spurs was cancelled at the weekend due to you know what.
The home end
Some comments from Brighton head coach Graham Potter about Wolves from his press conference:
They [Wolves] have improved from what was already good under Nuno [Espirito Santo]. Bruno [Lage] has come in and added his own bits, without changing too much.
They are an experienced team, with two holding midfield payers who can control the game really well there is a good shape and structure about them.
They got off to a bad start in terms of results but performances were really good so they’ve turned that around.
Recently they played Liverpool and Manchester City and suffered narrow defeats, but it just goes to show how organised they are defensively. They defend as a team really well so they don’t concede many chances.
Wolves have a 100% vaccination status among players and coaching staff, so there can be no doubt that they’re holding up their end of the bargain. Fatigue could be an issue for some though after that draining performance at The Etihad.
I still can’t believe how stupid Raul was getting himself sent off. The referee could have shown more leniency but even so, it was such a naive act of petulance. I’ve noticed a fair bit of gamesmanship from him this season, which is fair enough, but be smarter about it in future.
Without the Mexican leading the line, Bruno has a decision to make. I’d personally deploy Hwang through the middle and bring Podence into the side. That’s two sets of fresh legs that didn’t start at Man City.
Fabio might be sniffing an opportunity, but it would be a bit of a surprise if the head coach suddenly threw him into the action having hardly used our record signing at all this season, despite the team’s terrible goalscoring record.
Adama caused them all kinds of problems last season in both fixtures, so hopefully, this is his moment to shine again.
Last time out
We really had them on the ropes in this fixture last season. It was 3-1 at half-time, we were running the midfield and Neto and Traore were getting in at will. Then the teams came out for the second half and it was one-way traffic in the opposite direction. Despite Owen Otasowie missing a golden chance to win it with the last kick of the game, it could easily have been a defeat.
The Brighton hoodoo was finally broken at Molineux with Wolves coming from behind to win 2-1 after Lewis Dunk gave them the lead and then got himself sent off for hauling down Fabio as he raced towards goal. Adama Traore got us level with a great goal and Morgan Gibbs-White finished smartly to win it in injury time.
Well done to Sea Pigeon, Marin Wolf and Robc306 who all correctly predicted we’d lose 1-0 to City on Saturday.
Brompton Wolf leads the way at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 16.
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