'Could do much better' - Michael Owen makes surprising prediction for Brighton at Wolves

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen predicts another tight battle as Brighton look to seal their Premier League status for another season at Wolves this Sunday

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 10:41 am
Michael Owen predicts another tight match for Brighton at Wolves on Sunday

Brighton are 10 points above the relegation places with four matches remaining and victory at Molineux Stadium would make it mathematically certain for Graham Potter's team.

Albion will however be without Adam Lallana who continues to struggle with his calf problem, while long term absentees Tariq Lamptey (hamstring), Solly March (knee) and Florin Andone (knee) remain sidelined.

"There are five points between these two sides with both clear of the drop zone," wrote Owen in his Bet Victor predictions blog. "Wolves arrive here having lost only one their last four games, although they did draw 1-1 with relegated West Brom last week.

"Brighton defeated Leeds 2-0 last week in an impressive display. When they put it all together, they are a decent side.

"With a couple of sensible additions over the summer, Graham Potter's side could do much better next term.

"Games between these two have a history of being tight and I’m anticipating another close one here. It’s 1-1 for me."

The most serious of the setbacks to hit Wolves this campaign was the fractured skull suffered by Jimenez at Arsenal in November.

The Mexico striker, who had scored four goals in 10 Premier League appearances prior to the injury, has returned to training, able to take part fully with the exception of heading the ball.

Jimenez is due to see a specialist on May 18 in the hope of featuring in the final game of the season against Manchester United five days later.

Nuno has left the door open for the 30-year-old, but said it was too soon to be making any predictions as it will depend entirely on the medical advice.

“He’s happy in training sessions and his team-mates know what Raul means to us and they are delighted to have him and see him healthy,” Nuno said. “But we still have to wait. The 18th is an important date to have the real assessment and to decide how to move forward.

“There is no point asking about ‘ifs’. We just keep on doing things to protect him."