After a disappointing night in Milan, Spurs will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday at the Amex Stadium against a Brighton side that will be in a buoyant mood after snatching a point against Southampton on Monday.
Spurs will be hoping that Harry Kane will return to goalscoring form after firing a blank in the last few games. Erik Lamela, Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura will all be pushing for a starting place in the team and Dele Alli may be in with a slim chance of appearing in the match day squad after returning to training today.
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Despite the poor recent form Spurs are still above Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League and a win on Saturday could take them up to 4th in the table. Brighton on the other hand are 14th in the table with 5 points from as many games. Although they have come back from behind to draw in their last two games they have not won their past three games in the Premier League.
Spurs were Brighton’s first opponents at the Amex Stadium, winning a friendly there 3-2 in 2011. The score in the same fixture in the Premier League last season ended 1-1 with Harry Kane getting the goal for Spurs whereas Heung-min Son and Serge Aurier scored in a 2-0 victory at Wembley in the reverse fixture.
Spurs Team News
As mentioned Dele Alli has returned to training but Pochettino will wait until the last minute to see if he’s ready. With the fixtures piling up for Spurs in the coming weeks, the midfielder will not be risked against Brighton if he is not fully fit.
Moussa Sissoko has also returned to training and is in the same situation as Alli. Hugo Lloris is however still out with injury and Michel Vorm is expected to continue in goal.
Spurs v Brighton Predicted Lineup
We think Mauricio Pochettino will go with a 4-2-3-1 formation for against Brighton. Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld are certainties to come back into the side after missing out against Inter Milan.
A couple of the spots in the starting lineup are hard to predict but Danny Rose may just get ahead of Ben Davies in the pecking order. Lucas Moura is likely to come back into the starting line up, for either Erik Lamela or Heung-min Son, after dropping to the bench at the San Siro. If Pochettino does choose to stick with 4 at the back then Davinson Sanchez is expected to miss out.
There is also a case for Victor Wanyama to be included from the start. With the ever demanding fixture list it may not be such a surprise to see him in the side ahead of Eric Dier or even Mousa Dembele. Harry Winks may also make the starting 11 if Dembele is unable to start his third game in a week.
Brighton Team News
Former Spurs player and coach Chris Hughton has to deal with the fact that Brighton’s star player from last season, Pascal Gross, will be injured for the game against Spurs. It’s therefore likely that he will stick with the same side that he put out against Southampton in the Premier League even though Joze Izquierdo and Florin Andone are both back in training.
One to Watch – Spurs v Brighton
Glenn Murray will be looking to add to his impressive start to the season against Spurs. The Brighton forward has scored 4 goals so far this season including 2 in the draw against Fulham as well as an equalising penalty against Southampton. The Spurs defenders will be in for a physically demanding evening if the former Crystal Palace man is at the top of his game.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 17, 2018
What have the Managers said?
“I am so relaxed, I am so calm, because I know football. In the same time when you win you get a lot of praise that sometimes you don’t deserve. When you lose you must keep the balance and accept the criticism and that people are going to think differently and of course try to find the reason why we lose. That is how I understand football and I accept that situation. That is why the balance is so important. When you win you need to keep the balance and when you lose you need to accept the criticism and keep the balance too.” (football.london)
On Dele Alli:
“Tomorrow we’ll see if he’s ready or not to be part, if it’s possible for him to help or maybe if we need to wait a few days more to involved him in the competition.” (football.london)
On Spurs v Brighton:
“My responsibility is to warn my team they are playing a team that don’t lose many games. By their standards, they are having a difficult time and that’s the time they will perhaps be at their most dangerous.”
“What generally happens, because of the quality they have got, they will most probably come out of that run and in a few weeks it will probably be someone else’s turn. They have got top quality players and on any given day, they can turn it on.” (skysports)
Chris Kavanagh will be referee for the Brighton game. He has been in charge of 3 Premier League games this season including Chelsea’s win over Huddersfield on the opening day of the season as well as Brighton’s loss to Liverpool.
What’s next for Spurs?
Spurs have 2 fixtures every week from now until the October international break.
Then on Wednesday 3rd October Spurs entertain Spanish Champions Barcelona in their first home game of the 2018/19 Champions League Group Stage.
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