Brighton need to take something from the encounter with Wolves to avoid dropping further down the Premier League table. The Seagulls are two points ahead of 17th place Fulham, but Scott Parker’s men have really impressed in recent weeks and are no longer the favourites for relegation. Elsewhere, the visitors sit in midtable.
Where and when: The Amex, Falmer – 2 January, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Brighton vs. Wolves: Sky Sports Main Event
Last time: The sides played out a goalless draw in March.
Brighton v Wolves Predictions and Preview
Albion are perilously close to the bottom three but Graham Potter remains confident his troops will turn it around and retain their top flight status with relative ease. The tactician has an extremely talented squad and the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Ben White and Yves Bissouma are all admired by the top clubs in the division.
Lamptey is reportedly on the shortlist to replace Hector Bellerin, while White and Bissouma have been strongly linked to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. Potter can also call on Lewis Dunk, a senior international, Adam Lallana, a title winner under Jurgen Klopp and a host of others with Premier League experience.
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Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck will lead the line and the recruit from Brentford is 9/2 to open proceedings. The Seagulls number 9 achieved double figures last term and is on course to eclipse his 10-goal haul in 2020-21. Welbeck is 14/5 to bag anytime and Pascal Groß can be found at 7/2. Albion are 7/5 to claim the spoils and a stalemate is 23/10.
Pedro Neto will be the chief threat for Wolves. The versatile forward stole the show in the 1-1 tie with Tottenham Hotspur and ran old team-mate Matt Doherty ragged. The Portuguese ace is 7/1 to break the deadlock and Lazio will rue not giving the youngster time to settle.
Neto only featured five times for the Italian giants and has since gone on to make his debut for the EURO 2016 holders. Compatriot Daniel Podence is 27/10 to strike anytime and will feature off the centre-forward with Adama Traore on the right flank. The 24-year-old has not hit the heights of last campaign but retains the faith of Nuno Espirito Santo. The winger is 21/4 to register anytime and Wolves are 15/8 to come away with the spoils.
One to watch for Brighton: Leandro Trossard offers creativity in the middle of the park and has licence to support the front two with Bissouma shielding the backline. The Belgian is 9/1 to notch last.
One to watch for Wolves: Fabio Silva arrived for a hefty £35m in September and is the only recognised striker available for selection. The teenager is 13/2 to score last.
Long shot: The travelling party are without arguably one of the league’s finest attackers in Raul Jimenez and there is no timeframe on when the Wolves talisman could return to the first-team fold. Nuno already has a small pool of players to choose from and the festive fixture pile-up is likely to take its toll. A 3-1 success for Brighton is 25/1.