Wolverhampton Wanderers head to Brighton on the back of two successive defeats and without a win in five - their worst run of the season to date.
But it hasn’t been for the want of trying. They’ve only conceded twice in that time, once in the final minute of stoppage time to title challengers Liverpool and the other whilst they had 10 men on the field against the current champions, Manchester City.
It’s going forward that has been the problem having found the net just once in their last six and with Raul Jimenez out through suspension for this one, things aren’t going to get any easier.
They need to find an answer to their problem but a COVID-hit Brighton side may provide them an unlikely solution.
When is the game?
The game takes place on Wednesday December 15 at Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:30 (GMT).
Is the game on TV?
Yes the game will be live on BT Sport with coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to kick-off. Those that can’t catch the game live will be able to watch a midweek Match Of The Day which starts at 22:35 on Wednesday.
How can I stream it?
BT Sport customers will be able to watch the game via the BT Sport app on all good smart devices and platforms.
Wolves will be without Raul Jimenez who will serve a one match ban after picking up two quick-fire yellow cards in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Brighton on the other hand are well up against it after manager Graham Potter confirmed that there were “at least three our four” members of his playing squad that have tested positive for coronavirus and will therefore be unavailable for selection.
And on top of that, skipper Lewis Dunk is facing a long spell on the sidelines, Adam Webster, Adam Lallana and Leo Trossard are all doubtful whilst Shane Duffy is suspended.
Neither team from the outside looking in have current form that will worry the other. Both have picked up just five points from the last 18 available and will be looking at this game as an opportunity to change their current fortunes.
These two love a draw which ironically many will be predicting for this one. Seven out of the 12 previous fixtures between the sides have ended in a tie with Brighton winning three and Wolves taking the other two.
The most recent meeting went in favour of Wanderers - a 2-1 victory in the Premier League last May. Morgan Gibbs-White popping up with a 90th minute winner after Adama Traore had equalised midway through the second-half.
Brighton (3-5-2): Sanchez; Burn, Webster, Veltman; Lamptey, Mwepu, Bissouma, Gross, Cucurella; Maupay, Connolly
Wolves (3-4-3): Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Traore, Hwang, Podence
Brighton 0-1 Wolves
I think this is the night Wolves get back to winning ways but only just. They may be without the influential Raul Jimenez but they still have the talent to be able to get over the line - especially against a COVID hit Brighton side.
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