Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers – EPL, January 2, 2020

| December 30, 2020 11:16 am PDT

Things are looking increasingly bleak for Brighton as the season continues into the new year, with a home game against Wolves on Saturday.

A lack of attacking thrust looks to be the main problem – and Wolves could really test the Seagulls defensive line here as well.

Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers Odds

Brighton and Hove Albion to Win+148
The Draw+200
Wolverhampton Wanderers to Win+175

I find that BetOnline sometimes goes with the home side a little too much when it comes to underperforming sides – and that seems to be the case here again. For all its attractive play, Brighton has not won a game since the end of November and comes up against a still threatening Wolves on Saturday.

Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview

It was a familiar story for Graham Potter and his Brighton team on Tuesday, as it played well without ever really looking like scoring or overcoming a better if limited Arsenal. The defeat extended the winless streak to seven, and it looks like the Seagulls will struggle in 2021.

The acquisition of Danny Welbeck has certainly not had the desired effect. He has found the net at least, but Brighton had scored half of its total EPL goal tally this season by the time it had played its sixth game. There have been only nine more in the following ten fixtures – and that is going to be a problem if nothing changes in January.

Wolves have taken a little time of their own to get over the double blow of losing Diogo Jota to Liverpool at the start of the season and Raul Jimenez to a nasty head injury at the end of November. The manner of the defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday will be a disappointment, but there are some positives to be taken from the performance.

The win over Chelsea and the draw with Spurs in the last month show that Wolves cannot be underestimated – even if the team doesn’t look as good as last season at the moment. Scoring goals has been an even bigger problem for Nuno Espirito Santo – and having to throw teenager Fabio Silva into the starting eleven so quickly would not have been his original plan for the player.

Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers Pick

Pick
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers to Win
    +175

I’m looking at this game as a great chance for Wolves to put a frustrating start to the season behind it and kick off 2021 in the best way possible. Jimenez may still be missing, but Brighton looks to be there for the taking. The home side doesn’t seem to have the same levels of belief at the moment, and Wolves could really benefit from that.

Dan Roberts
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