Brighton vs Wolves final score: Saiss, midfield stymy Seagulls

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Romain Saiss’ late first-half goal was enough to lift Wolves to a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Wolves were rarely uncomfortable as Brighton was without Neal Maupay and the Seagulls had few dangerous options in the final third. Brighton was also missing Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, and Jeremy Sarmiento amongst others.

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Wolves move into eighth place on the Premier League table with 24 points, four more than the Seagulls who have a match-in-hand.

Brighton’s standing, however, is 13th as Graham Potter’s men will be begging the board room for a finisher come January.

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Brighton vs Wolves final score

Brighton 0-1 Wolves

Goals scored: Saiss 45’+1

Shots: Brighton 12-8

Shots on target: Brighton 2-5 Wolves

Possession: Brighton 59-41 Wolves


Three things we learned from Brighton vs Wolves

1. Wolves back three a force: Conor Coady is the leader, but we don’t even need to add the “vocal” adjective to that label when Romain Saiss and Max Kilman are bringing the fire on either side of the Englishman. We’ll detail Brighton’s lack of threat up top in a moment but attackers didn’t have many ideas with how to defeat the steady Eddies at the back for Wolves. When there was an issue, it was solved by Jose Sa.

2. Give Brighton a striker: Look, Neal Maupay is a fine player and the Seagulls have loads of chance creators. There’s no denying that, as Leandro Trossard, Steven Alzate, Alexis Mac Allister, and even veteran Adam Lallana can make fancy things happen for a finisher. But Maupay is not going to be a star striker at the Premier League level and Aaron Connolly was certainly not the answer on Wednesday (Danny Welbeck is hurt). Help Potter make Brighton a European threat, board!

3. Wolves midfield already legendary: You know how sometimes you hear an elder supporter among you lavishing praise on players of the past who weren’t goalscorers? With all respect to Ruben Neves — a complete and sensational midfielder — you can already imagine Wolves fans of 2050 regaling their grandchildren with tales of Neves and Joao Moutinho driving Wolves into the PL, then Europe, and keeping them there. Moutinho turned back the clock and was the star of the bunch on Wednesday with five tackles in the win, but even Neves’ subpar day overall — relatively-speaking — came with a terrific assist to Saiss.

Man of the Match: Romain Saiss


Saiss delivers another  one

Moroccan international Romain Saiss is not just a strong defender, he’s become a fairly regular scoring option for Wolves.

Saiss has been outscored only by Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves amongst teammates over the last 1.5 seasons, and he was aided by the latter in giving Wolves their 1-0 lead on Wednesday with a well-timed run and solid finish.

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Traore flashes danger for Wolves

Adama Traore is now playing less than expected under a second-straight manager but the ex-Barca man continues to make his case for more playing time.

Traore drove at fellow ex-Barca player Marc Cucurella to release fellow Barca man Trincao into the box only to see his teammates’ shot blocked by Brighton.

Brighton vs Wolves, live! How to watch live, team news, odds, prediction

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Brighton vs Wolves is an intriguing clash on Wednesday (watch live, 2:30pm ET on Peacock Premium) at the Amex as two teams with European aspirations collide.

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The Seagulls have struggled to win games in recent weeks but their open, attractive style continues to impress. Brighton have drawn eight of their last 10 games, losing the other two, as Graham Potter’s side have struggled to score goals (they’re the third lowest scorers in the PL) and keep pace with their early season wins. Injuries will be an issue, especially defensively, but they do go into this game well rested after their game against Tottenham at the weekend was postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Spurs camp. Potter has confirmed that Brighton have a few COVID-19 issues themselves, so their squad will be stretched to its limits. Brighton haven’t won a PL game since Sept. 19, but are just six points off the top six and have a game in-hand.

Wolves have lost back-to-back games to Liverpool and Manchester City, both 1-0, but pushed the title contenders all the way. The big problem for Wolves is also scoring goals as they’ve scored just once in their last five games and they’re the second-lowest scorers in the PL with 12. Star striker Raul Jimenez is missing for this game too after his shock red card, so Bruno Lage will lean heavily on Hwang Hee-chan. This is a game Wolves will fancy winning as they look to push back into the top six conversation, but they are just one point ahead of Brighton in the table heading into this game.

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Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

Captain Lewis Dunk remains out with a knee injury, while Danny Welbeck is getting closer to fitness after suffering a thigh injury. Steven Alzate is also close to a return from his ankle injury but is a few weeks away. Adam Webster is likely to miss out with a calf issue, Shane Duffy is suspended and Adam Lallana is a doubt with a thigh injury. That all adds up to a real headache for Graham Potter. The good news? Leandro Trossard is good to go after it looked like he suffered a very serious injury in the draw at Southampton last time out. Jeremy Sarmiento is out for 3-4 months with a hamstring issue. Expect Brighton to use Bissouma or Veltman in more central defensive areas.

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

Jonny Otto, Pedro Neto and Yerson Mosquera all remain out. Raul Jimenez is suspended so Hwang Hee-chan is expected to start with Adama Traore supporting him, while Wolves may also give more minutes to Daniel Podence who is back in the mix.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Brighton are the favorites at +130 to win, while Wolves are at +235 to win. The draw looks like a good option +205.

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Prediction

I don’t think I’ve ever predicted a 0-0 tie, but this is the most likely 0-0 in recent PL history. Both teams play lovely stuff but can’t finish off chances and Brighton are the draw specialists. Brighton 0-0 Wolves.


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Brighton vs Tottenham postponed; Leicester vs Spurs also in doubt

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All eyes are on the Tottenham Hotspur squad after a COVID-19 outbreak caused the postponement of Spurs’ midweek and Premier League fixtures versus Stade Rennes and Brighton.

More than a handful of Spurs players have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive, and Antonio Conte was forced to bring in a host of youth players for training this week.


UPDATE: According to a report from David Ornstein (above video), Tottenham’s Thursday (Dec. 16) clash with Leicester City, who are battling their own COVID-19 outbreak, is also being considered for postponement.


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Conte’s had Tottenham U23 coach Wayne Burnett on hand for training, in theory to get input on the many young players who may be needed for Premier League play.

Tottenham’s now on top-four pace in terms of points-per-game and Conte’s men are five points ahead of ninth-place Brighton, who has lost just twice in 10 matches… but has not won once.

Here’s the Premier League release:

Brighton & Hove Albion’s home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played on Sunday 12 December at 14:00 GMT, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur asked for the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff.

This led to First Team facilities at the club’s training centre being closed after consultation with the Premier League and UK Health Security Agency.

The Premier League Board has taken the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority.

The postponed fixture will be rescheduled in due course and the Premier League wishes a quick recovery to those with COVID-19.

NOTE: Everything below the jump regards the previous Premier League preview of the now-postponed match between Brighton and Spurs.

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Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

Jeremy Sarmiento will miss 3-4 months after the hamstring injury he suffered on debut, while Steven Alzate and Danny Welbeck are still looking at weeks away from the pitch. Spurs come too soon for Adam Webster and Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman should be good to go, Lewis Dunk and Leandro Trossard’s status are up in the air, and Shane Duffy is suspended.

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

Besides the host of unknown Tottenham players who are COVID-19 questions including Bryan Gil, Heung-min Son, Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett, Lucas Moura, and Emerson Royal at a minimum, Giovani Lo Celso could be back, Sergio Reguilon is a question mark, and Cristian Romero will be absent until at least 2022.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Brighton’s improved standing in the league and certainly better health record — even with a host of injuries — has probably helped make the Seagulls a favorite at home. A Brighton win nets +100 while a draw is +225, and Tottenham pays out +280 for a win.

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Prediction

Tottenham’s beaten Leeds 2-1, Brentford 2-0, and Norwich City 3-0 In Premier League play since Antonio Conte took the reins, but all of those games were at home. Spurs could  also, however, have freshness in their legs that was unexpected due to the calendar calling for UEL action at midweek. Feels like this could be a place where two good soccer minds keep each other guessing for a split of the points, and Tottenham’s excited prospects take their unexpected chances in the spotlight. Brighton 1-1 Tottenham.


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Southampton vs Brighton final score: Maupay snatches late point

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Southampton vs Brighton ended in dramatic fashion as Neal Maupay scored in the 98th minute to equalize for the 10-man Seagulls.

Saints took the lead as Armando Broja put them 1-0 up after they dominated the first half.

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In the second half it was all Brighton and after they made all of their subs Leandro Trossard had to be carried off with an injury.

Just like they did against West Ham in midweek, Maupay equalized after the Seagulls went down to 10 men to snatch a late point.

Southampton move on to 16 points for the season, while Brighton have 20.

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Southampton vs Brighton final score, stats

Southampton 1-1 Brighton

Goals scored: Broja 29′, Maupay 90+8′ 

Shots: Southampton 14, Brighton 14

Shots on target: Southampton 4, Brighton 4

Possession: Southampton 44, Brighton 56


Three things we learned from Southampton vs Brighton

1. Saints have to make more of fast starts: So often Southampton start well but don’t score, but they have started to score early and often in recent games to pick up important points. Broja and Adams caused havoc early on and Saints could have scored three before Broja gave them the lead. Their fast starts have to yield more goals if they’re going to pick up the wins they need to move up the table.

2. Key men missing for battling Brighton: Graham Potter’s side looked disjointed and that was because the likes of Adam Lallana, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Danny Welbeck were missing through the spine of their team, the first three all going down in the game at West Ham. Brighton created good openings in the second half and they battled back to snatch a late point once again in dramatic fashion. Their injury issues aside, Brighton always seem to find a way and they’ve drawn eight of their last 10 games in the PL.

3. Broja has star quality: The Chelsea loanee just has that extra swagger in his step. He tries things other players wouldn’t dare to and his goal summed that up. Broja backed himself early on to try and score twice when clean through but was denied by Sanchez on both occasions. His goal was pure class as his lovely Cruyff turn and finish with the outside of the boot showed experience beyond his tender years. The 20-year-old has a bright future.

Man of the Match: Armando Broja – Very dangerous throughout and could have scored three or four.


Another fast start from Saints

Southampton should have taken the lead early on as Broja was played in but his shot was saved by Sanchez, then Che Adams had the rebound saved.

Moments later Broja again twisted and turned to get free in the box, but Sanchez  again made a fine stop. At the other end Enock Mwepu forced Alex McCarthy into a save after he was found on the edge of the box.

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Nathan Tella then surged into the box after some sloppy passing from Brighton, as Adams scuffed a shot wide. McCarthy then saved a volley from Leandro Trossard, as the Seagulls were a threat on the break.

Broja’s brilliance

But then Saints went ahead.

A poor clearance from Sanchez was knocked on by Redmond to Broja, and the Albanian forward did superbly to cut inside with a Cruyff turn and then finish with the outside of his right foot to make it 1-0.

St Mary’s went wild.

Brighton try to battle back

In the second half Broja almost made it 2-0, as Tino Livramento crossed for his fellow Chelsea academy product but a scuffed effort trickled wide.

James Ward-Prowse whipped a free kick towards the top corner but it flicked the top of the bar.

Brighton were much better on the ball in the second half and Neal Maupay turned and sent a low shot inches wide of the far post.

Maupay was then denied by Alex McCarthy after a lovely run down the right from Solly March, but the Frenchman was denied by a superb stop.

Seagulls stun Saints

Leandro Trossard went off with a nasty arm injury late on, as Brighton had made all their subs and finished the game with 10 men.

A cross was almost flicked in as Brighton chucked everything at Saints late on to try and grab a point.

And they did it in the 98th minute as a free kick was half cleared and hammered back in as Maupay flicked home to make it 1-1, just like he did at West Ham in midweek. The Brighton fans went wild in the away end.

Southampton vs Brighton, live! How to watch, lineups, odds, prediction

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Southampton vs Brighton: The Seagulls will try to snap their nine-game winless run in the Premier League when they visit Saints at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 am ET, on Peacock Premium).

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Since winning four of their first five games this season (4th place in the table at the time), Brighton have struggled to pick up points three at a time. They have, however, continued to grind out a series of ugly, low-scoring draws (three by 0-0, three by 1-1, one by 2-2) to pick up seven more points. Again, Brighton have reverted to last season’s form, where they win the possession battle in most games, only to fail miserably in front of goal (13 scored in 14 games).

Southampton, meanwhile, are winless in three right on the heels of three wins in four games (breaking a seven-game winless skid to start the Premier League season). The last couple of seasons have been something of a roller coaster on the south coast, and Southampton appear headed for a similar story yet again.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Southampton vs Brighton this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Southampton team news, injuries, lineup (INJURY REPORT)

OUT: Jan Bednarek (calf), Stuart Armstrong (calf)

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Adam Webster (calf), Adam Lallana (thigh), Danny Welbeck (thigh), Steven Alzate (ankle), Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring)


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Southampton (+140) | Brighton (+200) | Draw (+225)

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Prediction – Southampton vs Brighton

Neither side appears primed for an offensive explosion. The ideal outcome for either side is 1-0. Brighton will have more possession, and Southampton will take what they can get on the counter-attack. Southampton 1-0 Brighton.


How to watch Southampton vs Brighton, stream live and start time

Kickoff: 10 am ET Saturday
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