As we wrap up a whirlwind year, it safe to say that 2015 wasn’t quite billed what we expected it to be, in a good way. When Chris Hughton took over last December, nobody would of predicted he would take the Seagulls from 4th bottom to 4th top, an incredible achievement. During that time, he has broken numerous club records and has got the city firmly believing that this indeed, could be the year that Brighton get promoted to the Premier League. But, with the Seagulls currently on a winless run of 5, it’s pivotal that they get back to winning ways as soon as possible, starting with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year’s Day.
Wolves have won their last 2 games and will be looking to make it 3 for the first time since late March/early April. Wolves have been far better away from home, winning 5 compared to the 3 home wins, however, they have also lost more away from home (5) compared to the 4 at Molineux. Kourtney Hause (hamstring) is out for the trip to the seaside, while midfielder Jack Price could make a return from illness. Emilio Martinez (thigh) is closing in on a return to the squad but will not feature in this game, while Grant Holt has gone back to Wigan after his loan expired.
As mentioned before, Brighton haven’t won in their last 5 games (3D, 2L) but will be looking to kick start the year in winning fashion. Rajiv van La Parra will not feature in this game, as Wolves are his parent club, giving Elvis Manu the go ahead of being awarded his first Albion start. Gordon Greer looks set to return to the match day 18, but looks set for a place on the bench, while James Wilson has shaken off his illness.
Earlier This Season: WWFC  –  BHAFC (19/9/15);
Earlier this season between the 2, the game at Molineux ended up as a 0-0. Tomer Hemed missed a first half penalty, while Wolves midfielder Conor Coady was sent off for a lung on Liam Rosenior.
In the last 11 games between the 2, there has been 2 wins apiece with the other 7 being draws! Brighton hold the cards as it seems; they are unbeaten in 5 games (1W, 4D) against Wolves. There has been 25 goals scored in the 11 meetings, but with both teams not scoring freely this season, it could end up another bore draw.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Calderon;
Manu, Stephens, Kayal, Murphy;
Brighton 0-0 Wolves