Wolves v Brighton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Wolves v Brighton

Premier League: Sat, 20/04  Stadium: Molineux Stadium

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Diogo Jota has scored six goals in his last seven league games, and looks good value to find the net again against lowly Brighton – he can be backed to score first at 11/2 or to score anytime at 5/4, both odds with Bet365. Wolves also look reasonable value at 3/4 to take victory, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Top seven chasing Wolves take on relegation threatened Brighton, with the visitors in particular in dire need of any result as they attempt to stave off a return to the Championship.

Wheels falling off for visitors?

Brighton come into this fixture on the back of a dismal run of games that have pushed them ever closer to the relegation trapdoor. A 2-0 defeat at home to fellow relegation candidates Cardiff City on Tuesday was their fifth successive league defeat, all of which have come without the Seagulls mustering a single goal.

Chris Hughton will know that with away games against Spurs and Arsenal to come, and also a daunting fixture at home to title chasing Manchester City on the last day of the season, they are likely to be embroiled in a battle to the end of the campaign. Hughton can at least take solace from the fact Cardiff have played one game more than his side, and also have Liverpool and Manchester United still to play.

Wolves seek to bounce back after recent disappointments

Wolves go into this fixture looking to pick themselves up after the recent disappointment of losing to Watford in the FA Cup Semi Final and a 3-1 league defeat to Southampton last weekend. Prior to that their form has been slightly patchy – a league and cup double over Manchester United has been punctuated by disappointing defeats away to Burnley and Huddersfield Town.

In fact Wolves are experiencing one of their worse runs since returning to the Premier League, with only two wins in their last eight league games slightly out of character for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. With seventh place in the Premier League potentially offering a route into the Europa League, Wolves will quickly need to rediscover their touch with four teams potentially fighting for the coveted seventh placed finish.

Team News

With a fully fit squad to choose from, Wolves may elect to shake things up after limp 3-1 defeat away to Southampton last time out. Defender Ryan Bennett has served a domestic ban but has remained on the subs bench for the last two games and could come back into consideration.

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns after tame surrender at home to Cardiff City in midweek, but may also elect to shake things up in order to try and and arrest their alarming run of form. Midfielder Anthony Knockaert will definitely miss out, the Frenchman will be into the second of a three match ban.

Wolves to pile more pressure on visitors?

Given their current run of form, it is difficult to see how Brighton can pull themselves out of their predicament, with the team low on morale and lacking any real creativity or goals at present. With limited attacking options to try and freshen things up, Brighton’s best hope may be to sit deep and try and pinch a goal on the break or from a set piece, as they are unlikely to be able to match Wolves for technical ability. The home side will see this as an ideal opportunity to grab three points in their top seven push, and should have enough quality to break down their opponents and fashion enough chances to secure the win.

Diogo Jota has scored six goals in his last seven league games, and looks good value to find the net again against lowly Brighton – he can be backed to score first at 11/2 or to score anytime at 5/4, both odds with Bet365. Wolves also look reasonable value at 3/4 to take victory, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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