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CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH FOR WOLVES TRIP

18 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Brighton & Hove Albion travel to face Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion head to Molineux on Saturday for their third game in a week to take on Wolves in the Premier League, kick-off 3pm. 

The Seagulls will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend following back-to-back home defeats against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City respectively.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have also suffered defeats in their last two contests – a 3-2 loss to Watford at Wembley Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final and a 3-1 reverse to Southampton last time out in the league.

TEAM NEWS

Albion will still be without Anthony Knockaert, who serves the second game of his three-match suspension following his red card against AFC Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium last weekend - the Seagulls have an otherwise fully fit squad for the trip to the Midlands. 

Wolves also have no injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game.

FORM

The Seagulls will be looking to arrest a run of five consecutive defeats, following the midweek reverse to Cardiff City on the south coast.

Wolves have won two of their last six matches in all competitions – both victories came against Manchester United at Molineux, the first in the Emirates FA Cup last month and the latter at the start of this month, with Diogo Jota finding the net on both occasions.

LAST TIME WE MET 

The Seagulls ran out 1-0 winners the last time the two sides met at the Amex Stadium back in October - a close-range finish from Glenn Murray after the break was the difference between the two sides, as the forward netted his 100th goal for the club.

Murray became the club’s second all-time leading scorer and only the second player to score 100 goals for the Seagulls in the process.

It was the team’s third consecutive victory by the same scoreline for the month in the top flight – the first time the feat had been achieved since 1981, following on from a home victory over West Ham United at the start of October and a win away to Newcastle United at St James’s Park the weekend before.  

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

CARDIFF CITY 2

Mendez-Laing 22, Morrison 50.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno ©, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Propper, Stephens, Gross (Andone 54); Jahanbakhsh (Izquierdo 69), Murray, March.

Subs not used: Button, Burn, Bong, Kayal, Locadia.

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LAST TIME OUT: WOLVES

SOUTHAMPTON 3

Redmond 2, 30, Long 71.

WOLVES 1

Boly 28.  

Wolves line-up: Patricio; Saiss, Coady ©, Boly; Doherty (Traore 60), Dendoncker, Neves (Gibbs-White 69), Moutinho, Johnny; Jota (Costa 87), Jimenez.

Subs not used: Ruddy, Bennett, Vinagre, Cavaleiro. 

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PLAYER TO WATCH: RAUL JIMENEZ 

The 27-year-old has notched 16 times in 35 times in all competitions so far this term having arrived initially on loan from Benfica last July following the club’s promotion back to the top flight.

At the start of this month the Mexican striker signed a four-year deal with the club and became their record signing in the process in a £30million move.

The powerful and mobile forward has found the net 12 times in the Premier League and was last on the scoresheet in the aforementioned defeat to Watford at Wembley Stadium.


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