Wolverhampton Wanderers – Brighton: Two Strong Defenses Keep Attacks Quiet (0-0)
Both Nuno Espírito Santo and Graham Potter deployed organized defensive systems in order to keep each other out, in a game which produced just two shots on target. With Wolverhampton Wanderers within touching distance of the Champions League and Brighton desperate to survive the drop, to share the points comes with a pinch of salt for both, who you could argue should have won the match.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Matchday 29 pitched a manager with a core philosophy and a team that excels in one structure versus a manager whose versatility is praised, but struggles to pick up results. Following a slow start to the season, Nuno Espírito Santo kept to his three-at-the-back system, who flourish in fast offensive transitions out of a compact 5-3-2 low block. A low block refers to a team that retreats deep in their own half out of possession, generally only disrupting their opponents around their own box.
Champions League football is a real possibility for Wolverhampton Wanderers, three points off Chelsea in fourth place prior to this match, as well as progressing to the last sixteen of the Europa League. The return to form for Diogo Jota - a player who has been heavily underperforming all season - has arrived at a perfect time. Six goals and an assist in his past three games, including two goal contributions in Wolves’ 3-2 comeback away to Tottenham Hotspur.
Brighton and Hove Albion showed promising . . .