Match Preview – Brighton vs Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur will look to swiftly recover their loss to Manchester City on the weekend and look for a win away Brighton. Spurs’ loss to the now-crowned Premier League champions was their first registered league loss in 2018. Spurs are playing again in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on the weekend and will be looking to pick up points against 13th place Brighton. With the FA Cup representing Tottenham Hotspur’s last chance to win some silverware from this campaign, we may see a slighter different side fielded by Mauricio Pochettino. Interestingly, if Spurs secure the three points tomorrow night, they will guarantee a second consecutive league finish above North London rivals Arsenal. That should provide an incentive to impress the fans on a dusky Tuesday evening.
Brighton & Hove Albion are one of those teams in limbo: yes, they are in 13th but they are only seven points adrift of the relegation zone. Playing off of a loss against Crystal Palace at the weekend, Brighton really need to pick up points from this fixture and their following match against Burnley. Their last three games of the season are Man Utd, Man City, and Liverpool.
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Injury and Team News
Brighton are likely to put out the same starting XI as they did on Saturday in their defeat to Crystal Palace. Brighton midfielder Davy Propper is still serving his suspension time and therefore will not appear. Isiah Brown is probably out for the rest of the season with his ACL injury. Similarly, Steve Sidwell suffers from a long-term back injury and therefore will not feature.
For Tottenham Hotspur, Danny Rose is still out with his calf injury and Harry Winks is progressing with his rehabilitation. Jan Vertonghen was seen is minor distress as he clutched his back on the weekend, so we may see Eric Dier return to the back four to make sure Jan is fit for the FA Cup clash. We may see Serge Aurier starting against Brighton with Trippier taking rest for the weekend, and possibly a reintroduction for Heung-Min Son. Spurs do have an almost fully-fit squad to deploy over the two matches, and the first team choice will entirely be selected on the whim of their inventive and tactical manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Brighton & Hove Albion are 13th in the Premier League with 35 points. Above them are Watford in 12th with 37. However, they are only seven points ahead of Southampton in 18th. With a tough run of games, the relegation battle for them is well and truly on.
After that defeat Spurs are still 4th with 67 points and have a game in hand of Liverpool in 3rd who have 70 points. They are seven points adrift of Chelsea in 5th and will be looking to extend that gap to a solid 10 points.
Crystal Palace (a)
Man City (h)
Man Utd (a)
Predicted Line-up: Brighton vs Spurs
The match will kick off at 7.45pm on Tuesday the 17th of April at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton vs Spurs: Our Prediction
Although Brighton & Hove Albion have had a relatively good season thus far, I feel Spurs will hold the advantage in this particular fixture. Brighton have won one in their last six. Saying that, Chris Hughton’s side have an incredibly difficult end to the season during a competitive relegation battle that draws in at least seven teams towards the bottom of the Premier League. Chris will be looking for any sort of result in front of the home fans at the Amex Stadium.
With Spurs playing in the semi-final of the FA Cup on the weekend, Pochettino will likely field players such as Lucas Moura and Aurier, as well as give a few subs a run out. These players will be looking to impress and perform well for Poch in the Premier League. The gulf in class between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton is quite apparent, but anything can happen in football. One thing for sure is, Mauricio Pochettino does not like losing, and will look to revert his Lilywhite men back to winning ways as soon as possible.
Therefore, we predict the score will be: Brighton 0:3 Spurs