Scout report: Brighton must shackle Wolves' lethal attacking trio

Brighton face the difficult task of taming a potent Wolves attack as they search for vital Premier League points at the Molineux Stadium this Saturday.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 8:32 am
Raul Jimenez has been a classy performer for Wolves this season

Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota, and Adama Traore have not always started up front together this season but after an impressive away win at Tottenham Hotspur the three could come up against the Albion.

In the midst of a relegation scrap, a trip to Wolves is not ideal for Brighton with the Seagulls currently above the drop by one point. Saturday’s game is also important for Wolves as three points could see them jump into a Champions League spot.

Wolves’ quality is no secret and many teams are still trying to figure out how to limit their attacking threat. Jimenez, Jota, and Traore have 23 league goals between them this season along with 14 assists.

Adama Traore has improved greatly this campaign

Traore’s threat has been well documented with everyone being aware of his strength and speed. The winger caused issues for Brighton at the Amex back in December and looked like a threat every time he picked up the ball.

Jimenez, although praised last season, often flies under the radar. The Mexican striker is extremely versatile and besides from being a great finishing and superb team player, he can also create chances for himself with his agile footwork.

Despite Traore looking strong during the two sides’ last encounter, Jota was the one to punish the Albion with two goals in a 2-2 draw. Jota is prone to popping up in the right areas and that is exactly what he did for his first goal at the Amex in December. Following a sharp, well-orchestrated attack Jota tapped the ball home from a few of yards out.

The Brighton defence arguably should have done better to pick up Jota’s run into the box and a misplaced Davy Propper pass helped the attacker get his second.

Diogo Jota is a striker in form

Before their last encounter Wolves were undefeated in their previous 10 league games and Saturday’s hosts are been on another run of form recently, scoring 12 goals in their last four outings.

Along with their front-three, Wolves also boast a strong defence who posses an attacking threat. Matt Doherty and Romain Saiss are no strangers to attacking crosses in the opposition’s box while some fans have called for Conor Coady to be called up to the England set-up due to his defensive brilliance.

Despite Wolves’ strengths, they have been prone to allowing attackers to peel off their man in the box which could work in Brighton’s favour. Neal Maupay can potentially thrive in these circumstances as the nimble striker likes to create space with darting runs.

Another way to get past Wolves is to pile on the pressure higher up the pitch. There have been occasions when the side have been caught out trying to play the ball out from the back and this is something that Graham Potter may look to exploit.

Brighton will be desperate to turn their fortunes around on Saturday considering they have the worst record in the league since their last encounter with Wolves, but Potter will need to inspire something special if the Seagulls are going to pick up their third away win of the season.