Wolves v Brighton: History & Preview
By Adam Carr
This weekend brings strugglers Brighton to Molineux, and having lost 5 on the bounce, they will be looking to get a win to boost their hopes of playing Premier League football next season.
History of the Fixture
In the history of football, Wolves and Brighton have only met 31 times, with the first being on 24th September 1969. On this particular day, the first meeting between the two clubs, Wolves came out 3-2 winners in a League Cup fixture.
After this, the sides wouldn’t meet for 10 years, until a fixture in the FA Cup bought them together again, on 9th January 1979. Wolves again came out 3-2 winners on this occasion.
After those positive results, it would then take Wolves 14 meetings between 1980 and 1991 before they could get another victory against the Seagulls, picking up a woeful 3 draws in 14 fixtures along the way. All of these games were league fixtures for the first half of the 80’s in Division 1, and then Division 2, until on the 28th December 1991, Wolves gave their fans a late Christmas present by finally beating Brighton 2-0 at home.
Wolves have only recorded 6 victories against Brighton in the 40 years they have been playing each other, with 3 of those coming between 1979 and 1992.
In our last 5 meetings with Brighton we have won 1, drawn 1 and lost the other 3. Our most recent victory was a 1-0 win away from home in a Championship fixture on 1st January 2016, when Wolverhampton’s own, Connor Goldson, scored an own goal to gift his home town the victory.
Our last game with Brighton was away from home in the Premier League on 27th October 2018. When Wolves fell to a 1-0 defeat via a 48th minute Glenn Murray goal.
Wolves have been on a mixed run of form, with 2 wins against Man Utd at Molineux, but losses to Southampton and Burnley in the league, and of course that Watford FA Cup game, could have knocked confidence amongst the players.
Brighton meanwhile are on a goalless losing running, not scoring since 17th March when they knocked Millwall out of the FA Cup. However, don’t take this for granted as however good Wolves become in the next 5 years, the ‘Wolves curse’ will always exist, so you can pretty much expect Brighton to score at least one against us this weekend.
Wolves have been on a training trip to Marbella this week for the second time this season. Last time around, it didn’t do much good for us, but we can hope that this time the players come back revitalised for the last few games of the season.
It’s an important game for both teams but you would bet that Brighton are more up for it and feeling more pressure than Wolves. Brighton are on the verge of relegation back to the Championship, whereas Wolves' target this season was to stay in the Premier League and they have far surpassed that, so although 7th is now the new target, Brighton have a lot more to lose.
This hasn’t helped Brighton in their last 5 games however, if anything they seem to be falling apart, and some have blamed this on their FA Cup run. However, we also had the exact same FA Cup run, and were seconds away from an FA Cup Final, so Wolves’ players are in the exact same boat as Brighton.
Wolves haven’t performed well against the bottom six teams, and nobody can understand why when we can beat the likes of United, Chelsea and Tottenham. Wolves are even unbeaten in the city of London in the Premier League this season.
Our form away from home as of late has not been great, but at Molineux we are unbeatable.
I have belief in Nuno and the team, so am sure that the boys can pull off a victory of Saturday, and I’ve got a feeling this could be the big win we’ve been waiting for all season.
For that reason, I’m going to go all out and predict that the final score will be Wolves 4-1 Brighton, after Brighton take a 1-0 lead.
Prediction: Wolves 4-1 Brighton
Adam Carr is a Talking Wolves blogger. You can follow him on Twitter here.
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