Amidst a potential freefall, Brighton & Hove Albion are officially in crisis mode as they find themselves playing for their Premier League lives.Mired in a tireless goal drought, the Seagulls look to keep their season-high league losing streak from reaching five straight contests Saturday against Wolverhampton at the Molineux.
There was a time not too long ago that Brighton (9-6-18) appeared to be set for a third straight season in the Premier League. However, that time is no more. The Seagulls have failed to score whilst conceding 11 goals during a four-game Premier League losing streak.
The latest setback might prove to be the most damaging as a 2-0 loss to Cardiff City on Tuesday leaves Brighton just two points up on those same Bluebirds, who sit atop the relegation zone. Cardiff scored on either side of the break to deliver a serious blow to the Seagulls' survival hopes whilst obviously helping their own.
"The result makes the table even tighter now," Brighton captain Bruno told the club's official website. "We have to step up now and be ready for this fight. My role as captain is to try and help the boys in any way I can."
Trying to keep face and remain positive, Bruno and Co. face a potentially difficult task in trying to stay out of the drop zone. Though Brighton have a game in hand over Cardiff, their closing stretch is massively daunting with this contest and a road match at Spurs to follow. After that, the Seagulls welcome a quality Newcastle United Squad, then visit Arsenal and finish the Premier League campaign at home versus title-contenders Manchester City.
"We need to find something soon," Brighton midfielder Solly March said. "It's on your mind a lot, but we need to train hard and hopefully the points will come soon."
For the points to come, Brighton obviously need goals. They have not managed one since the 74th minute of a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on March 9.
"We've got to create more chances at the end of the day, and if we're not doing that then we've got to keep a clean sheet," March said.
The Seagulls, though, have an opportunity to do the double over Wolves after winning 1-0 in the reverse fixture on Oct. 27. Glenn Murray scored in the 48th minute of that match, but has just three of his team-leading 11 league goals in the last 18 contests.
Wolves (13-8-12) enter the matchday eighth in the table, but fell 3-1 at Southampton for their second loss in three matches. After Willy Boly's equaliser for Wolverhampton in the 28th minute, the Saints took the lead back for good with Nathan Redmond's second of the game two minutes later.
"Our defensive organisation was very, very bad," manager Nuno Espirito Santo told Wolverhampton's official website. "We made mistakes since the beginning of the game. We weren't able to control. Mistakes happen, we have to know why.
"It's not about what you miss, it's about what you concede."
Wolves, however, have reason to feel good about their chances knowing they're amidst a 4-1-0 league stretch at home.