Best Odds: 9/4
Two sides who are really seeking a bounce on Saturday evening, Wolves will make the trip to what is a downbeat Amex when they face off against Brighton.
Starting with the hosts, hit with what was a disappointing 1-0 loss at home against Arsenal earlier in the week, Brighton once again find themselves in the midst of another struggle. Just about managing to hold onto their Premier League status after returning over the summer, it appears that there is growing pressure on Graham Potter’s position on the South Coast. Still struggling to find much stability under the former Swansea boss, the Seagulls open New Year’s Day still firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. Holding just a two-point buffer from slipping into the bottom-three, Brighton find themselves in the midst of a seven-match winless run in England’s top-tier. Throwing away the lead twice away at West Ham last weekend and also dropping points against the likes of Fulham and Sheffield United on their recent rut, a huge part of the Seagulls’ issues have come down to some glaring problems on home soil. including that defeat against the Gunners last time out, Saturday’s hosts have remarkably failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League contests at the Amex.
Brighton are expected to be without Tariq Lamptey, Jose Izquierdo, and Florin Andone.
However, both Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck have a chance of returning this weekend.
As for the visitors, despite putting on a spirited display away at a high-flying Manchester United in midweek, it was late heartbreak for a struggling Wolves side. Eventually hit with a last-gasp 1-0 loss at Old Trafford and still battling it out in the bottom-half of the table, fans around Molineux will be desperate for their side to find some stability. Despite picking up a late 1-1 draw off of Tottenham last weekend, Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo has seen his side win just one of their last six top-flight contests. Still unable to call upon attacking talisman Real Jiminez for the foreseeable future, it is no surprise that Wolves have continued to struggle with some issues in the final third. Drawing a blank against Manchester United earlier in the week, the Oranges have managed to bag themselves more than a single strike in just one of their previous six appearances. Desperate to find a bounce on the South Coast, it should be noted that the Oranges have lost each of their last three Premier League matchups on the road.
Wolves look set to be without both Willy Boly and Leander Dendoncker when they make the trip to the Amex on Saturday evening.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides last faced off back in March, Brighton and Wolves played out a 0-0 stalemate.
- In fact, each of the last three meetings between Saturday’s opponents have finished in a draw.
- Brighton have failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League matchups on home soil.
- Wolves have lost each of their last three Premier League contests on the road.
- The Oranges have also managed to score more than a single goal in any of their last six top-flight fixtures away from Molineux.
With both Brighton and Wolves getting hit with 1-0 defeats earlier in the week, we could have a cagey encounter on our hands this weekend. Firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone and continuing to struggle with their glaring issues on home soil, the Seagulls have remarkably failed to claim a single Premier League victory at the Amex since June 20th. However, while Brighton might be enduring their own nightmare on the South Coast, Wolves aren’t fairing much better and have gained a real reputation for their problems on the road. Losing each of their last three top-flight matchups away from Molineux, the Oranges have really struggled to fill the void left by an injured Raul Jiminez. With each of the last three meetings between Brighton and Wolves ending in a stalemate, we’re backing a similar outcome on Saturday evening.
Best Odds: 9/4
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