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Albion take on Gary O'Neil's team on Monday night.

By Charlie Hanson • 21 January 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Tariq Lamptey will be named in the Albion squad to face Wolves.

Albion return to Premier League action after a three week’s break as they take on Wolves at the Amex on Monday, kick-off 7.45pm.

How to follow the game

Monday night's game is live on TNT Sports.

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Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Ansu Fati is unavailable to face Wolves.

Speaking in his press conference on Sunday afternoon, Roberto De Zerbi said, "We are enduring a very tough period in terms of injuries.

"Tariq Lamptey is back, he can be in the squad for tomorrow. Webster played at Stoke and West Ham, but at the moment Igor is out, Ansu Fati, Julio Enciso and Joel Veltman are all still out."

Our last meeting


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PL Highlights: Wolves 1 Albion 4

Kaoru Mitoma scored one of Albion’s greatest Premier League goals in our 4-1 win at Molineux back in August. The Japan international danced through the hosts’ defence before slotting past Jose Sa as we cruised to victory.

Albion have won their last four league games against Wolves, as many as they had in their previous 19 combined (D10 L5).

Player to watch

Matheus Cunha’s permanent signing in the summer following a half-season loan has proved to be an inspired piece of business by Wolves. The Brazil international has six goals and five assists in all competitions, playing an important role in Gary O’Neil’s team’s current mid-table position.

Cunha’s career has seen him play in his homeland, as well as Switzerland, Germany and Spain, but it seems to be in the Premier League where he is playing the best football of his career.

Match stats

Wolves have lost their last four Premier League games against Brighton, conceding at least three goals each time (16 in total). Only twice before have they lost 5+ consecutive league games against an opponent while shipping 3+ goals each time – eight against Manchester City (1902-1909) and five against Blackpool (1927-1929).

This is Wolves’ first league game of 2024 – it’s the third latest a team has played their first Premier League game of a calendar year (excl. promoted sides), after Portsmouth in 2010 (26th January) and Manchester United in 2000 (24th January).

Brighton drew 0-0 with West Ham in their last Premier League match, keeping their first league clean sheet of the season. They last kept consecutive league shutouts in April/May 2023, one of which was a 6-0 home win over Wolves.

Wolves have won each of their last three Premier League games, last winning four successive top-flight matches back in January 1972 under Bill McGarry.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has won all three of his Premier League meetings with Wolves by an aggregate scoreline of 13-3. Meanwhile, Wolves manager Gary O'Neil has lost all three of his Premier League encounters with Brighton, with his sides conceding seven goals and scoring one in reply.

Brighton forward Danny Welbeck has six goal involvements in eight Premier League starts against Wolves (4 goals, 2 assists), and was one of three players to net a brace in this exact fixture last term as the Seagulls ran out 6-0 winners (also two goals for Pascal Groß and Deniz Undav). 

All eight of Brighton’s penalty goals in all competitions this season have been scored by João Pedro, with 53% of his goals this term coming from the spot (8/15). The Brazilian has scored more penalty goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions this season.

Hwang Hee-Chan has been directly involved in 43.3% of Wolves’ 30 Premier League goals this term (10 goals, 3 assists), with only Mohamed Salah (51.2%) and Dominic Solanke (46.4%) either scoring or assisting a higher share of their side’s goals. 

Matheus Cunha has been directly involved in eight goals across his last nine Premier League appearances for Wolves (4 goals, 4 assists), having registered just five goal contributions in his first 28 games for the club in the competition (4 goals, 1 assist).

Match officials

Referee: Craig Pawson.

Assistants: Marc Perry, Steve Meredith.

Fourth official: Tim Robinson.

VAR: Peter Bankes.

Assistant VAR: Dan Cook.