This game will be interim manager Steve Davis’ penultimate in the league, with Julen Lopetegui announced as the club’s new manager and set to officially take charge from 14 November, so the Englishman will want to sign off with positive results against the Seagulls today and Arsenal next week.
However, his side will need to show a lot more than what they have in recent weeks if they are to earn a victory against Roberto De Zerbi’s side, who thrashed Chelsea 4-1 in their last Premier League outing.
Jose Sa seems determined to play on through his fractured wrist injury, so he seems likely to keep his place in between the sticks.
There is one change in defence, as Jonny comes in for the defensive “liability” that is Nelson Semedo (according to Tim Spiers), as the Portuguese right-back could be suspect against Brighton’s in-form danger man Leandro Trossard.
Fresh from signing a new contract in midweek, Hugo Bueno earns another start at left-back, with Max Kilman and Nathan Collins continuing their partnership in the heart of Wolves’ defence.
Matheus Nunes should be fit to play despite his shoulder injury last weekend, so he starts alongside Ruben Neves in the middle. The £100k-per-week Joao Moutinho, who is capable of producing “beautiful” football according to Danny Murphy, returns to the starting lineup in place of Boubacar Traore to complete a Portuguese midfield trio.
Adama Traore has looked much improved of late, with strong performances against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace, so he keeps his place on the wing. Daniel Podence is on the opposite flank, with the duo having contributed 50% of Wolves’ six goals in the top flight so far this season.
Diego Costa’s headbutt and subsequent red card against Brentford means that he will be missing, so summer signing Goncalo Guedes could come back in up front in the hope that he can improve upon a hugely disappointing start to life at Molineux which sees him as the squad’s second-lowest player to have started more than two league games (as per WhoScored).