Wolves are hoping to start off 2021 the right way, and it’s Brighton who are today’s opponents in the Premier League.

Nuno’s side head to the south coast hoping to bounce back from the cruel defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday night, which saw Marcus Rashford score a deflected injury-time winner at Old Trafford.

Standing in the way of three points today is a Brighton side who had a terrible 2020 at the Amex Stadium.

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The Seagulls won just one of their 16 outings all calendar year, and Wolves should take real confidence from that.

In goal Rui Patricio should make his 17th appearance of the season, and in front of him it wouldn’t be a surpise to see a back five.

It’s Wolves’ tried and tested formation and it looked good against United.

 

Ki-Jana Hoever and Rayan Ait-Nouri were both excellent at Old Trafford and ought to keep their places, as were the centre-halves Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Max Kilman.

In midfield, It would be a surprise to see Joao Mourinho starting given he’s started the last three games. He could easily be replaced by someone like Owen Otasowie if Leander Dendoncker still isn’t fit.

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In attack, Fabio Silva should probably come back in as the central striker, rather than have one of the wingers shoehorned in.

£60,000-a-week star Daniel Podence (Spotrac) will surely come back into the starting XI after starting on the bench against United, and hopefully Pedro Neto is feeling fresh enough to start once more having been heavily involved this season.

£18 million star Adama Traore’s (BBC Sport) place could be in danger, having again struggled last time out.

A young side, but one with enough vitality and talent to hopefully get the three points.

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