Ian Holloway backs Wolves to beat Brighton, praises Benik Afobe

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The Sky Sports pundit is backing Wolverhampton Wanderers to beat Brighton and Hove Albion.

Ian Holloway has made the brave prediction that Wolves will beat high-flying Brighton in the Championship this weekend, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

Indeed, Holloway has singled out the 'exciting young' talent that is Benik Afobe and feels Kenny Jackett's side will make the most of home advantage.

The pundit acknowledges the recent form of league-leaders Brighton but feels their unbeaten seven-game run will come to an end against Wolves.

Holloway told Sky ahead of the weekend clash: "Wolves are making strides and Kenny's moved them on as a club. They've got a good budget and some exciting young players, particularly Benik Afobe.

"Chris Hughton has built a brilliant defensive structure at Brighton but this is the Championship. Teams don't win every week. Somewhere along the line you'll come a cropper and I fancy Wolves very strongly at home for this."

Holloway's prediction seems very generalised and maybe not taking Wolves' recent form into account.

But there is no reason Jackett's men can't produce a top performance at their best. Their current Championship position belies their quality, with Wolves sitting 15th in the table.

Brighton, however, have made a phenomenal start to the campaign under Hughton, only drawing one of their first seven games and winning the rest. They are five points clear at the top of the table already, although Holloway is certainly right in that Championship teams don't end up going a whole season winning the vast majority of their games.

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