Spurs travel to Amex Stadium to take on Brighton and Hove Albion in a midweek clash. Spurs look to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of 2018. Meanwhile, The Seagulls are have not been victorious in their past six matches in all competitions.
Both clubs enter the match in secure positions in the Premier League table. Despite the home loss to City, Spurs still hold a seven point advantage on London rivals Chelsea for the final Champions League position. Brighton find themselves seven points clear of the relegation zone and only three points away from 11th place Bournemouth. Furthermore, both sides will be eager to get back to winning ways as Spurs and Brighton lost last time out.
Spurs must be careful not to look too far ahead to the FA Cup semifinal against United on Saturday. If Spurs start slowly and Brighton score early it could be a demanding afternoon for Tottenham. Additionally, Brighton will look to avenge the 2-0 defeat earlier in the season against Spurs at Wembley Stadium. Seagulls striker Glenn Murray leads the team with 14 goals in all competitions and is a player Spurs must keep an eye on.
Spurs will be without Danny Rose and Harry Winks. Rose continues to battle persistent injuries and Winks is rehabilitating his injured ankle and is a long shot to return this season. Toby Alderweireld has traveled with Spurs and will be available for selection, but it is anyone’s guess if the Belgian defender will feature against Albion. Aurier will likely start in Trippier’s place and Lucas Moura should earn his first Premier League start as Pochettino will rest either Lamela or Son.
Brighton midfielder Davy Propper misses out as he is still serving a suspension. Additionally, Isiah Brown and Steve Sidwell will miss out against Spurs as both players continue to recover from injury. Jose Izquierdo will look to build on his impressive performance against Palace; the Columbian winger is a strong attacking option alongside Glen Murray.
- Brighton have not defeated Spurs in a league match since a 2-1 victory in 1983
- Spurs are unbeaten in their last 34 Premier League matches against newly promoted clubs
- Glen Murray hasn’t scored in his last 2 home Premier League matches
- Harry Kane has scored 22 goals in his last 20 matches against newly promoted teams
Brighton and Hove Albion – Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Kayal, Gross, Knockaert, Izquierdo, Murray
Tottenham Hotspur – Lloris, Aurier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davies, Wanyama, Sissoko, Moura, Eriksen, Son, Kane
Spurs will have a point to prove ahead of the FA Cup semifinal, but The Seagulls will not go lightly. I predict it will be a tight first half with both teams tied 0-0 at halftime. Spurs quality will eventually be too much for Brighton, and unless Murray and Izquierdo are giving the Spurs back-line fits it will be difficult to see an Albion victory.