Much-improved Seagulls will be aiming to take another point off Wolves
Bakary Sako’s red card against Watford was rightly rescinded and the Mali forward is available to play at Brighton this weekend.
That’s excellent news for Wolves but begs the question – why didn’t referee Brendan Malone consult with his assistant before sending off Sako for raising his hands when it was obvious that he had done no such thing?
In the end, the dismissal didn’t affect the result against their fellow promotion hopefuls but it’s not the first time this season that Wolves have had a player sent off for no reason and raises further questions about the standard of officiating in the Championship.
The draw with Watford means that Kenny Jackett’s men are now four points adrift of sixth-placed Brentford. The general consensus is that they’ll probably need to take an average of two points from their remaining 10 games to sneak into the play-offs and that’s going to be a tall order.
But Benik Afobe is doing his bit and was scoring for the seventh time in 11 appearances since making his £2million move form Arsenal in January. Jack Price also scored a rare goal in the draw with the Hornets and the midfield will need to chip in with goals in the final weeks of the season if Wolves are to achieve their aim.
Jackett has no new injury problems to cope with ahead of this week’s trip to the Amex so the manager may well go with the same starting XI for the second week running with James Henry playing the number 10 role in preference to Dave Edwards.
The omens are good as Wolves have scored in all but one of their last 16 league games against the Seagulls, who lost a big game at Reading in midweek, and have only lost one of their last seven meetings.
But the sides shared the points at Molineux back in December when only a late Danny Batth goal rescued a point for Wanderers after the visitors had played the final half-hour with 10 men. Brighton have improved since then under Chris Hughton and three points can’t be taken for granted, despite Albion’s lowly position.
This could end all-square again at 9/4 as the Seagulls have had some good results lately and have starting scoring goals again. A 1-1 correct score is 9/2.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 14 at the Amex Stadium.