With the season now entering it’s eighth game, it’s safe to say that both these teams are causing shocks from pundits and supporters alike with their starts to the new season.
Wolves had had what seems to be a slow start with just seven points taken from a possible twenty one! Meanwhile, Brighton have had the perfect start winning six of their seven and drawing the other, meaning the sit top of the table with nineteen points, five in front of nearest rivals Middlesborough. Pre-season title favourites Wolves, had a decent start to the season winning away to Blackburn, before picking up just one point from the next three games just before the international break. A defeat away to Bolton following the international break has left most Wolves fans scratching their heads wondering ‘How have we started so badly, after such a good second half of the season last year’. In truth, I think that most are wondering the same thing, is it the fact they have just started slow? Or maybe the new signing haven’t settled yet and need time to adapt? We don’t know, but one thing is for sure Wolves are still too good to be underestimating considering the quality of their team, and their strong home record where they recorded thirteen victories last season and only four defeats, whilst scoring a head-turning fourty-two goals in the process. With the news that Adam Le Fondre looks set to miss the clash, Wolves have only Benik Afobe as their only recognized striker, which could well hinder their chances of scoring against a resolute Brighton defence, who have only conceded five goals this season, two of which came in an eleven minute onslaught at Ipswich.
In comparison Brighton have had a wondrous start to the campaign, claiming big victories at promotion hopefuls Ipswich and Hull, as well as play-off contenders Fulham, Blackburn and Nott’m Forest, with the midweek draw away to Huddersfield their only blip so far. Striker Tomer Hemed has fired five goals so far, netting in each of his last 3 games as he feels his way around English football after his move from Almeira. The midfield pairing of Beram Kayal and Dale Stephens has bought stability, hunger and goals to Brighton’s midfield, something which they lacked last season. Let’s not forget August’s player of the month Kazenga LuaLua will also be back in contention for a starting place fresh from his suspension for five yellow cards this season. All in all, the game in the Midlands tomorrow looks set to be a cracker, and is one not to be missed.
Likely Brighton Line-Up;
D: Bruno, Greer, Hunemeier, Bong
M: Murphy, Kayal, Stephens, LuaLua
S: Baldock, Hemed
Wolves 0-1 Brighton