Brighton and Hove Albion vs WolvesEnglish Premier League, KO: 16:30 Dec 8, 2019, Amex Stadium
BRIGHTON'S renaissance under Graham Potter hasn't attracted many headlines but if they follow up their brilliant win at Arsenal by beating Wolves then people will have to sit up and take notice.
The Seagulls came in for criticism in some quarters when they binned boss Chris Hughton (below) just a day after the end of last season, despite securing Premier League football for another campaign.
But he presided over just three wins in their final 23 league games that term and Brighton were beginning to look a bit stale.
Swansea boss Potter was something of a left-field choice, despite his heroics in Sweden with Ostersund, but he has brought freshness and vibrancy back to the Amex.
Although much was made over the paucity of Arsenal's display on Thursday night, getting a win at the Emirates is no mean feat and it moved the Seagulls four points clear of the drop zone.
Another victory against Wolves would leave them just a point behind the Molineux side, who headed into the weekend sitting fifth in a congested table.
But Nuno Espirito Santo's men haven't lost in the league since Chelsea spanked them 5-2 in mid-September and are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions.
How the bookies view it
Santo's team have the more accomplished players but the Seagulls have home advantage so I just can't separate them. If pushed, I would plump for the stalemate. To increase the odds, double it with both teams to score at 15/4 with Boylesports.
I tipped a draw when I last previewed Wolves against Braga in Europe and it came up so hopefully it will pay dividends again.
Recent head to head
Brighton are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Wolves, winning three of those matches. In the Premier League last season, it was a 0-0 draw at Molineux, with the Seagulls winning 1-0 on the south coast (below).
The Midlands side have come out on top in just one of their last 10 clashes with Brighton, a 1-0 win away from home on New Year's Day 2016.
Thriller of chiller?
The stats suggest a lack of goalmouth action in this one, with the last nine games between these sides all having under 2.5 goals.
Two of those matches ended in stalemates while another three were 1-0 victories so the portents aren't good.
While both matches were snoozefests last term, it's worth bearing in mind that the Seagulls were far more defensive under former boss Hughton.
Potter plays much more expansive football and his side have drawn a blank just once in their last eight matches.
Wolves have also scored in their last 16 games so I've a feeling this match might buck the recent goals trend in this fixture. Over 2.5 strikes is 11/8 with Marathonbet and that's worth a look.
Players to watch
I could never quite work out why Santo (below) was so reluctant to play Adama Traore last season, given he always caused so many problems with his searing pace.
A jet-heeled winger with the build of a heavyweight boxer is a weapon you should always try to use and Traore is finally delivering now he's getting a run of games.
He has been more of a provider than scorer in recent games but still has three for the season so I will be backing him at 9/2 for anytime scorer with Bet365. Check on the day of the game for odds on another assist.
Brighton have been spreading the goals around and plenty of strikes have been coming from defenders. Adam Webster netted his second of the season at Arsenal, Lewis Dunk also has two to his name while Shane Duffy scored in the win over Norwich.
They have so much height in their team, making them a big threat from set-pieces. All three of those defenders are 10/1 or over for a goal here, with Webster offering the best value at 18/1 with Bet365. Duffy is 10/1 with the same firm and Dunk 25/2 at 888Sport.
Anything else catch the eye?
There have been exactly three goals in the last two Brighton matches and a repeat here pays 17/5 with William Hill.
Both managers like to attack so the 11/8 the same firm offer on both teams to score and over 2 corners for each side looks decent value.
This English Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Wolves will be played on Dec 8, 2019 and kick off at 16:30