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PREVIEW: ALBION V WOLVES

26 October 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to record a third successive victory in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit the Amex Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls welcome Nuno Espirito Santo’s team to the south coast after taking maximum points from games against West Ham United and Newcastle United either side of the international break.

Albion have shown positive form on home soil, having taken seven points from a possible 12, but this weekend’s opponents arrive at the Amex with the same number of points taken on the road.

Wolves occupy ninth position in the Premier League after eight matches, while the Seagulls sit three places and four points behind ahead of Saturday’s meeting.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton confirmed both Davy Propper and Pascal Gross will miss the game through injury, while a decision will be made on the availability of Glenn Murray after going through the correct protocol since suffering concussion.

Wolves arrive with a clean bill of health for Saturday’s match, with Santo having a fully-fit squad to select from.




FORM:

The Seagulls claimed their first Premier League away victory of the season against the Magpies on Saturday afternoon, as Jose Izquierdo’s low drive deflected in off Beram Kayal to seal a 1-0 victory.

It was the second 1-0 win in a row for Albion, following their narrow triumph over West Ham at the Amex, when Glenn Murray dispatched from close range to claim his 99th goal for the club.

Defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur came in September, but Albion showed character to come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against both Southampton and Fulham.

Wolves arrive on the south coast on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Watford at Molineux, after two quick-fire goals from the Hornets gave the West Midlands club a mountain to climb.

Saturday’s opponents had previously gone six Premier League games without defeat — a run which included 1-1 draws against both Manchester United and Manchester City.

Wolves have kept four clean sheets in their four victories this season, as West Ham, Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace have all tasted defeat against Santo’s team.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion put themselves within touching distance of promotion to the Premier League with a commanding 2-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux in 2017.

Anthony Knockaert broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, after latching onto David Stockdale’s long ball forward and finishing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The Frenchman wrapped the points up in the second half when he squeezed the ball underneath the goalkeeper to find the back of the net, which sparked jubilant scenes in the away end.

The win proved crucial, as the Seagulls claimed a 2-1 victory in the following game against Wigan Athletic and secured their place in the top flight for the 2017/18 campaign.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

ALBION 1
Kayal 29

Albion: Ryan; Bruno (Bernardo 68), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo (Bissouma 80); March; Murray (Locadia 16).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Knockaert, Andone.




LAST TIME OUT: WOLVES

WOLVES 0

WATFORD 2
Capoue 20
Pereyra 21

Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty (Traore 72), Neves, Moutinho, Castro (Vinagre 46); Costa, Jimenez (Cavaleiro 60), Jota.

Subs not used: Ruddy (GK), Hause, Bonatini, Saiss.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Raul Jimenez

The Mexican striker made a big-money move to Wolves from SL Benfica this summer and has contributed towards five of his team’s goals so far this season.

Jimenez found the back of the net on his Wolves debut against Everton on the opening day of the season, before scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Molineux.

The forward has since shown his ability as a provider, laying on three goals for his team-mates in unbeaten matches against Manchester United, Southampton and Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old has led the line for Wolves in every Premier League match this season and will no doubt provide a physical test for Albion’s central defenders on Saturday afternoon.


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