Brighton predicted XI vs Wolves: Four big changes made amid injury and suspension latest updates

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The latest Brighton team news, injury updates and predicted XI ahead of their Premier League match against Wolves.

Fresh off the back of their 4-2 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup, Brighton and Hove Albion will host their first Premier League match of 2024. The Seagulls will take on Wolves as they look to continue their unbeaten streak.

Brighton are currently eighth in the league table, nine points away from the top four, but there is still a long stretch ahead for them to close the gap and push for Champions League football. Wolves are in a similar position as things stand. While a top four battle may be a little too far out of their reach, they can still challenge for a European qualification, as teams above them including Newcastle, Chelsea and Manchester United have not had the most convincing starts to the season.

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Brighton injury latest

Roberto De Zerbi has not had the easiest run with injuries this term but his side are still alive and kicking in the FA Cup and Europa League. There are a number of key players who have been ruled out of action, and the biggest blow is arguably Kaoru Mitoma, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury picked up in December.

The star winger has been in light training with the Japanese national team during their Asian Cup camp, but he hasn't featured in either of their fixtures. If Japan reach the final, Mitoma will be away until February but could return for Brighton's clash against Sheffield United on the 18th if his fitness permits.

Joel Veltman, Solly March, Tariq Lamptey, Julio Enciso, Ansu Fati and Simon Adingra are all also out of action for Albion but recent updates have ruled Igor and Adam Webster fit to participate against Wolves, should they be required. Let's take a look at how they could set up compared to their last outing against Stoke.

Brighton predicted lineup

Jason Steele; Jack Hinshelwood, Jan Paul van Hecke, Lewis Dunk, Pervis Estupiñán, Pascal Groß, James Milner, Billy Gilmour, Facundo Buonanotte, João Pedro, Danny Welbeck.

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Suspensions and call-ups for Wolves

Wolves are fortunate not to have any injuries at the moment but they will still be without some senior players when they make their journey to the Amex. First team regulars Rayan Aït-Nouri and Hwang Hee-chan are unavailable due to international call-ups to the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup respectfully, Hwang is also Boubacar Traoré is also representing Mali at AFCON and won't be in contention for his club's next Premier League fixture.

Wolves will also be without João Gomes, who is facing a three-match suspension following the first red card of his career. The midfielder was sent off against Brentford and will not be included in Gary O'Neil's squad to face Brighton. Wolves also remain without Jonny Otto, who has been removed from the squad after a major situation on the training ground.

It has been reported that the 29-year-old allegedly threw an elbow towards Wolves youngster Tawanda Chirewa and followed up by spitting at a staff member and smashing a television back inside the players' room. Jonny has been exiled from the first team group until at least the end of the January window.

Wolves predicted lineup

José Sá; Nélson Semedo, Max Kilman, Craig Dawson, Toti Gomes, Matt Doherty, Joe Hodge, Tommy Doyle, Pedro Neto, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Matheus Cunha.

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