Wolverhampton-Brighton & Hove Albion Preview
Graham Potter is ready to get creative with his team selection when Brighton and Hove Albion host Wolves on Wednesday.
Brighton head into the Premier League contest at the Amex Stadium without centre-backs Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Adam Webster.
Potter is also having to deal with multiple positive coronavirus cases in the camp, but the Albion boss is prepared to adapt.
"We're used to players playing in different positions, or unorthodox positions," he said. "I've always thought if you've got injuries or problems it's not about complaining about them.
"They are part of the game, they are what they are, you have to use your creativity within the group to look for a different solution.
"We haven't got another Lewis Dunk or another Shane Duffy, in terms of attributes, but we can maybe use other players in a creative way to help us do the same things."
Opponents Wolves will soon be in a similar position when centre-backs Romain Saiss and Willy Boly travel to the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Bruno Lage may be forced to shift from his preferred back-three formation, and the Portuguese has no concerns about turning to others in the squad.
"We are working with our players and we are very happy with them," he said. "We are preparing solutions and putting players at centre-back, so they have a chance to understand.
"My concern is when we don't have the players and they have too much time out with problems."
Brighton are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and sit a point behind Wolves, who are without a victory in four ahead of their midweek tussle.
Brighton - Neal Maupay
Maupay leads the scoring charts for Brighton this season with six goals and has scored in consecutive games on three separate occasions.
After netting against West Ham and Southampton, the French forward is aiming to score in three straight Premier League matches for the first time since October 2020.
Wolves - Hwang Hee-chan
Wolves have failed to score in any of their last four Premier League games since beating West Ham 1-0 last month - not since September 2003 have they gone on a longer-such run.
With Raul Jimenez absent through suspension, Hwang is expected to return to the side and will be aiming to end a seven-game run without finding the back of the net.
- After winning their first Premier League meeting with Wolves in October 2018, Brighton are winless in their last five against them in the competition (D4 L1).
- Brighton have won two of their last four midweek Premier League games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), this after having won just two of their first 26 such matches in the competition beforehand (D10 L14).
- Despite being on the longest current winless run in the Premier League (10 games - D8 L2), only the current top three clubs have lost fewer Premier League games than Brighton this season (Man City 2, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2).
- Only Wolves (5) and Norwich (5) have scored fewer home goals in the Premier League this season than Brighton (6). It is the first time in the Premier League the Seagulls have averaged fewer than a goal a game at the Amex Stadium within a season.
- Of all teams to have played in more than one Premier League campaign, Brighton have seen the highest share of their games in the competition finish in a draw (35 per cent - 58/167).
Updated December 14, 2021