When Brighton & Hove Albion go to Molineux on Saturday, Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to earn their first Premier League points under Gary O’Neil. Wolves lost 1-0 to Manchester United in a game they should have won, while Brighton dominated newly promoted Luton Town 4-1.
It would be an understatement to say that Wolverhampton Wanderers were unlucky to lose on the opening weekend, as the Black Country club dominated for long stretches of their match against Manchester United and terrorized the hosts’ defense. In their most recent match, Wolves piled up an impressive 23 shots, the second-highest total in a Premier League encounter at Old Trafford since 2004. Players like Matheus Cunha and Pedro Neto caused chaos for the Red Devils’ defense.
Despite the authorities’ later apologies, the Wanderers can consider themselves unlucky not to have been granted a penalty after Man Utd goalkeeper Andre Onana carelessly clattered into Sasa Kalajdzic deep into second-half stoppage time. Wolves fans begin the new campaign with concerns and fears after the unexpected departure of Julen Lopetegui days before the start of the season, but Gary O’Neil’s first match in command will give them plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
On the other hand, Brighton & Hove Albion continued where they left off last season, beating Premier League newcomers Luton Town 4-1 in front of a jubilant Amex crowd. After Luton scored a penalty of their own in the 81st minute, setting up a tense finish, Solly March put Brighton ahead with a goal in the middle of the first half and summer addition Joao Pedro increased the lead from the penalty spot.
Substitute Simon Adingra quickly put the Seagulls back up by two goals, and another sub, Evan Ferguson, rounded up the rout to cap off a triumphant season debut for Roberto De Zerbi’s squad. Brighton will head into this weekend’s game with confidence in De Zerbi’s ability to keep up his team’s impressive goalscoring record. The Seagulls had 71% possession and 27 shots in their last game, although against newly-promoted Luton.
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Wolverhampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion Game Information
- Date: 08/19/2023
- Time: 08:00 AM ET
- Location: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton.
- How to Watch: Wolverhampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion Peacock
- Live Stream: fubo.tv