Wolves travel to the south coast on Saturday to take on Brighton at The Amex stadium. Wolves tasted their first defeat in the Premier League this season last weekend, with a 2-0 loss at home to Watford. Despite, their defeat against Watford, Wolves would still be full of confidence with their start to the season.
Wolves have named the same lineup for their first nine games of the Premier League, so with the defeat last weekend, will the manager Nuno Espírito Santo be tempted to tinker with his team?
However, every team has a bit of an off day and maybe last Saturday was one of these for Wolves. Add to this the Watford game was going to be a tough one against a Gracia side, which has started well and were looking to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth the previous week.
So, it wouldn’t be surprising if named the same lineup as the previous nine games which would be: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Johnny, Boly, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Helder Costa, Jota and Jimenez.
Who are the players Brighton need to watch out for?
There are a few players Brighton will need to keep their eye out for tomorrow. The main threat Wolves have possessed in their front three, who have been excellent.
Costa, Jota and Jimenez have three goals and three assists to their name, but it is more than their goal and assists return that has been impressive; it is the work rate and their chemistry.
The three of them knows each other’s moves in such a short space of time with Jimenez having only been at the club since June, meaning he has only been at the club for four months. It’s not just the front three who will be dangerous, Ruben Neves would also be essential. Neves already has one goal and one assist to his name and his form for Wolves over the last year has earnt him a place in Portugal’s squad in the last couple of international breaks.
What makes Neves so dangerous is his passing, creativity and set-piece delivery. He is always a threat and would need to be closely watched by Brighton to avoid him having a say in the game.
The last player that will be key to Wolves is full-back Doherty. Doherty has one goal and two assists to his name. Having watched him against Crystal Palace, in which his goal was the decisive one, he was dangerous going forward with his runs and his delivery into the box from the right wing was simply brilliant.
One thing is for sure, Brighton will be in for a tough afternoon on Saturday against Wolves.