Wolverhampton Wanderers will go in search of their first Premier League points under Gary O’Neil when Brighton & Hove Albion
visit Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
Wolves suffered an unmerited 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on the opening weekend, while Brighton thrashed newly-promoted Luton Town 4-1 in their first match.
To say that Wolverhampton Wanderers were unfortunate to lose on the opening weekend would be an understatement, as the Black Country outfit dominated large spells of their clash with Manchester United, terrorising the hosts’ defence throughout the contest.
In fact, Wolves racked up a whopping 23 shots last time out – the second-highest figure recorded in a Premier League game at Old Trafford since 2004 – with the likes of Matheus Cunha and Pedro Neto wreaking havoc on the Red Devils’ backline.
However, the visitors failed to make the most of their dominance and were ultimately made to pay for their wastefulness, with Raphael Varane scoring the only goal of the game on 76 minutes, breaking Wolves hearts in the process.
The Wanderers can also count themselves unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty when Man Utd goalkeeper Andre Onana clumsily clattered into Sasa Kalajdzic deep into second-half stoppage time, with the officials later apologising for the mistake.
Following the untimely departure of Julen Lopetegui just days before the start of the season, Wolves fans entered the new campaign with doubts and fears, but Gary O’Neil’s first match in charge will give the supporters plenty of reasons for optimism.