Wolves vs Brighton: Seagulls hoping to swoop for big three points

Brighton know they can secure their Premier League status for next season with a win at Wolves this weekend.

When: Sunday, May 9, 12:00 GMT

How to watch: BBC One and iPlayer

Best Bets

Neal Maupay to score first goal at 4/1 (Bet365)

Lewis Dunk to score a header at 9/1 (Sky Bet)

Fabio Silva to score first and either draw 1-1 or Wolves to win 1-0 at 20/1 (Sky Bet)

Brighton will be looking to reach that magic 40-point mark when they travel to Wolves on Sunday.

The Seagulls have rallied impressively of late to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone, and they can complete the job with a win in the Midlands.

With Fulham not playing until the following day, three points for Brighton at Molineux would put them 13 clear of the final relegation spot and out of the reach of their rivals.

Wolves, meanwhile, are a little stranded in midtable, and have never actually beaten Brighton in the Premier League.

Last Three Premier League Matches

Brighton 3-3 Wolves (January 2, 2021)

It was something of a goal-fest when these two sides last met in January, although it was also a messy, mistake-riddled affair.

The sides exchanged early goals through Aaron Connolly and Romain Saiss before a Dan Burn own goal and Ruben Neves penalty handed Wolves a half-time advantage.

Brighton battled back admirably, though, and levelled immediately after the break courtesy of a Neal Maupay penalty. Lewis Dunk salvaged a point for the hosts with 20 minutes remaining.

Interestingly, Burn's own goal was Brighton's ninth since their promotion to the Premier League in 2017 - more than any other team during that period.

Wolves 0-0 Brighton (March 7, 2020)

There was nothing to choose between the two sides either when they last met at Molineux, although this one was a lot poorer in terms of entertainment value.

It was a much more welcome point for Brighton, though, who went into the game on the back of a run of one win in 14 matches.

However, it is not a game that likely lived long in many memories.

Brighton 2-2 Wolves (December 8, 2019)

Goals were in plentiful supply too in 2019 when these two sides face each other at the AMEX.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring for Wolves just before the half hour, but Maupay levelled things up just six minutes later.

It was then the hosts who found themselves in the ascendency, and they made that pressure count within two minutes of the equaliser when Davy Propper fired them ahead.

However, Jota was not done, and he grabbed his second on the stroke of half time to secure a share of the points for his side.

Premier League head-to-head

Wolves wins: 0

Draws: 4

Brighton wins: 1

Wolves goals: 5

Brighton goals: 6

Seagulls need to swoop on opportunity

Brighton will likely be safe with the 37 points they have already accrued, but they will be conscious of a tough fixture list to close out the season.

They will host Champions League chasing West Ham after this one, and then welcome Champions and Champions League finalists Manchester City to the AMEX.

A trip to Arsenal will close out their season, so they can save their fans a little anxiety by making sure of their survival at Molineux.

Wolves already on the beach?

Wolves' success last in 2019/2020 was one of the stories of the season as they continued to establish themselves as a serious player in the Premier League.

This season has been more of a breather of sorts after two successive seventh placed finishes. They currently sit in 12th, and there isn't too much room to manoeuvre upwards with the top ten six points ahead of them.

It has still been a solid season, but they are firmly in the 'on the beach already' category of clubs right now.

Goalscorer bets

Fabio Silva scores for Wolves against West Brom
Fabio Silva scores for Wolves against West Brom

Neal Maupay has enjoyed success against Wolves before, so he may be a solid bet at 4/1 (Bet365) to open the scoring on Sunday - particularly given he will be on penalty duty.

Young Wolves ace Fabio Silva helped himself to a goal at West Brom last time out, and he is a 2/1 shot to score any time.

Not saying there is a good chance of a tight match, but you might also want to consider the no goalscorer option at 15/2.