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Wolverhampton Wanderers will grace the field of Molineux for the first time in the 2023/24 Premier League season, as they welcome high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion to the Midlands.
It’s set to be an interesting contest between two sides opposing in outlook, with kick off coming at 15:00.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brighton & Hove Albion predicted lineups and news
It won’t only be Wolves’ first home match of the campaign, but Gary O’Neil’s first fixture in charge of the side in front of the home fans, with fans hoping for revenge on the Seagull’s after last season’s results.
Brighton will be hoping for a repeat of their last fixture against Wolves, where they were 6-0 victors at the Amex, with them also taking home three points at Molineux last term in a dramatic 3-2 away win.
The match unfortunately won’t be televised with it being a 15:00 kick-off, however it is certain to be an interesting contest, let’s get into the latest team news.
Team news: Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Old Gold were unlucky not to get a result against Manchester United in their season opener, in what was a close affair at Old Trafford ending in a 1-0 win for the Red Devils. After last campaign’s abysmal form in front of goal, O’Neil looked to have implemented some belief into his forwards, with Matheus Cunha running the show but in usual service, no goals were left to show for their efforts.
Really enjoyed watching Wolves. Gary O’Neil was bold, had them organised, well-motivated, from only a handful of training sessions. Unlucky to be leaving Old Trafford empty-handed. Could easily have had a pen. Matheus Cunha easily MOTM imho. #MUNWOL
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 14, 2023
There are no injury doubts to report from the host’s side going into the fixture, with the manager expected to field the same side that challenged in Manchester on Monday.
Wolves predicted lineup
Sa; Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Ait-Nouri; Gomes, Lemina, Nunes; Sarabia, Cunha, Neto
Team news: Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton opened their Premier League campaign in style at home to newly promoted Luton Town, winning 4-1 and showcasing their prowess in the final third. Roberto De Zerbi’s side were impressive in their first game despite losing star names such as Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo this summer, with the manager also expected to name an unchanged squad.
On the injury front, Adam Webster and Adam Lallana are recovered from their respective injuries, with Tariq Lamptey still sidelined as he regains match fitness.
Evan Ferguson started on the bench against Luton and scored late on, sparking debate as to whether he will start at Molineux.
Brighton predicted lineup
Steele; Milner, Van Hecke, Dunk, Estupinan; Gross, Dahoud; March, Pedro, Mitoma; Welbeck
Will Hwang Hee-Chan start today?
On Monday night, O’Neil opted to start Pablo Sarabia over Hwang Hee-Chan which turned out to be a questionable decision as the Korean flourished after being introduced to proceedings after 63 minutes.
There is certainly a debate to be made over whether the 27-year-old should start over Sarabia, who was far from his best at Old Trafford and looked to be the loose part in Wolves’ free-flowing attack.
Today’s hosts will need significant firepower if they are to challenge Brighton, which they could discover if they utilise the pace and directness of Hwang against the Seagulls.
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