Prematch: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lopetegui claims Brighton to be one of the finest teams worldwide ahead of Saturday’s fixture
Published: April 27, 2023 22:52
Following their defeat at the hands of the Tricky Trees during midweek fixtures, Brighton and Hove Albion face Wolverhampton Wanderers this Saturday at 15:00 (GMT+1). Falmer Stadium hosts this match.
Brighton Suffer Defeat at City Ground, Remain Hopeful of Qualifying for Continental Competition
Brighton were defeated 3-1 by Nottingham Forest at City Ground during midweek action on Wednesday – marking four wins and losses over their previous four matches (DWLWLWL). “We deserved to lose the game; our performance in the first 35 minutes of the first half was strong before our energy dissipated,” De Zerbi lamented after their defeat in a post-match interview after their loss. “This period will be difficult as we are unaccustomed to playing three matches within seven days, but we must use the opportunity as we will play eight matches and must strive towards reaching our target,” stated Conte, echoing West Ham boss David Moyes’ words on a tight schedule. Brighton have held on to 8th place with 49 points [14 wins, 7 draws and 9 defeats] after yet another defeat, five behind Wolves for fifth spot in the Premier League table. De Zerbi remains hopeful of qualifying for continental competition at season’s end and hopes to guide Brighton to three consecutive league wins against Wolves this term. The Seagulls have recorded consecutive league victories against Wolves, scoring three times in each match: 3-2 at home in April 2022 and again three goals against them on their travels this time around – De Zerbi is expected to field his 4–2–3–1 formation alongside Danny Welbeck when they take on Wolves on Saturday.
Wolves Climb Up Table With 2-0 Win Against Crystal Palace; Lopetegui Plans 4-4-2 Formation for Brighton Match
Wolves’ return to winning ways was highlighted with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Tuesday and one place up the table to 13th with 37 points [10W, 7D & 16L], in search of back-to-back victories DWWLW. Julen Lopetegui declared at a pre-match press conference earlier today [Thursday]: “We’re still fighting hard, so all teams need points from now until next May.” “We are considering how best to approach our next match against one of the world’s premier clubs – Brighton is very talented – who play fantastic football,” stated Lemke. “To win each match requires hard work; football is not complicated mathematical equations. “Thinking of the future is for journalists; for us, all we can think about is today and tomorrow’s training sessions,” Lopetegui said. He plans on employing a 4–4-2 formation featuring Matheus Cunha and Diego Costa up top as attacking options.