Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 7/10
In what could prove to be another enjoyable affair from the Amex on Monday night, Brighton will welcome Wolves to the south coast.
Starting with the hosts, while Brighton might have extended on their FA Cup adventure last week as they secured an action-packed 4-2 victory away at Championship outfit Stoke, the Seagulls are seeking some top-flight stability. Although Roberto De Zerbi’s side might have lost just one of their previous eight appearances across all competitions, the south coast outfit have not recorded back-to-back Premier League wins since September. Although Brighton might have punched a famous Europa League knockout stage ticket last month, De Zerbi will have a major headache over his side’s extended defensive issues. In fact, along with recording just a sole win from any of their last five top-flight appearances, it should also be highlighted that Monday’s hosts have registered just a single Premier League clean sheet this season. Although the Seagulls might still have their sights set on breaking back into the top-six, they could face a stern challenge when they return to the Amex here.
All still dealing with respective injury issues, Brighton will be unable to call upon the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Joel Veltman, Julio Enciso, Solly March and Barcelona loanee Ansu Fati here. Likewise, missing all of the Seagulls’ last three appearances with a recent ankle issue, De Zerbi is once again unable to call upon Japan international Kaoru Mitoma.
Continuing to shine since arriving from Watford over the summer and already notching 15 strikes across all competitions, Joao Pedro should spearhead Brighton’s charge at the Amex. Former Sunderland shot-stopper Jason Steele could return between the sticks on Monday night.
As for the visitors, while Wolves might have only appointed Gary O’Neil last summer, they have continued on a stunning Premier League flurry. Gaining a string of plaudits and opening this weekend’s fixtures sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-half, the former Bournemouth boss should find the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. Extending on their own FA Cup adventure earlier in the week as they secured a lively 3-2 victory at home against Brentford, Monday’s guests have lost just one of their last eight meetings against Premier League opposition across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to a 2-1 defeat against Arsenal on December 2nd. Signing off 2023 with a stellar performance as they stormed their way to a 3-0 romp against Everton on home soil, O’Neil’s side have also gained a reputation for their clinical performances in the final third.
With Mario Lemina making a welcomed return in midweek, Wolves have reported a clean bill of health ahead of their trip to the south coast on Monday night. However, away with South Korea at this month’s Asia Cup, O’Neil’s side will be unable to call upon Hee-Chan Hwang here.
Bagging an FA Cup strike against Brentford earlier in the week and now notching five strikes in his previous 10 showdowns against Premier League opposition, former Atletico Madrid ace Matheus Cunha will spearhead O’Neil’s charge at the Amex. Pedro Neto could make a first Premier League start since the end of October.
Key Factors to Consider
- When Brighton and Wolves met for their reverse Premier League showdown on August 19th, the Seagulls picked up a 4-1 romp at Molineux.
- However, the Seagulls have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous five Premier League appearances.
- Wolves have lost just one of their previous eight meetings against Premier League opposition across all competitions.
- Ex-Watford striker Joao Pedro has bagged 15 goals across all competitions so far this season.
- Nine of Wolves’ last 10 away fixtures across all formats have finished with both teams finding the net.
While Brighton might have stormed their way to a 4-1 romp when they travelled to Molineux back on August 19th, the Seagulls should face a sterner challenge here. With Wolves losing just one of their previous eight showdowns against Premier League opposition, neutrals could be treated to an enjoyable affair from the Amex on Monday night. It should be highlighted, with O’Neil’s men seeing nine of their last 10 contests away from Molineux finish with both teams getting on the scoresheet, we are expecting a similar outcome on the south coast.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 7/10