Wolves will be looking to get back on track when they face Brighton on Wednesday – and Daniel Podence should be under strong consideration to start.

The team slipped to another defeat on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City.

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A Raheem Sterling penalty was the only thing that separated the two sides at the Etihad Stadium.

It was awarded in controversial fashion, with Jon Moss penalising Joao Moutinho for handball.

Replays showed the ball struck his side, yet the decision was upheld by VAR and no pitchside check was made.

It was another great defensive effort from Wolves and on another day, the team might have come away with something.

One worrying aspect of Saturday’s game though was the fact that Wolves again failed to score. And they never really looked likely.

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It’s now four Premier League matches without scoring for Bruno Lage’s side. And against Brighton, there will be no Raul Jimenez after his silly sending off against the Citizens.

So Bruno Lage has some thinking to do.

Jimenez will be a big miss, as he has created a lot of chances this term.

Wednesday’s game against Brighton could well be an ideal chance for Podence to start though.

Daniel Podence should start for Wolves against Brighton

Daniel Podence was robbed of the chance to build on his fine showing against West Ham United last month when he tested positive for Covid-19.

He couldn’t play against Norwich City or Burnley. Then, he could only make the bench against Liverpool due to having not trained.

Against City, he came off the bench for the final five minutes or so and he made an instant impact.

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Wolves showed very little in terms of attacking play in the game. But in the 87th minute, Podence sent in a cross from the left side which picked out Max Kilman. His header was well saved by Ederson.

That was one of only two chances Wolves had the whole game.

With Jimenez absent against Brighton and Hwang Hee-chan having blown cold in recent weeks, perhaps it’s now time for £60,000-a-week star Podence to reclaim his starting berth.

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