Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Amex Stadium for midweek Premier League action, as both clubs look to bounce back from defeat at weekend.
Defeat for Spurs and a Chelsea win at Burnley on Thursday will open up the race for fourth again.
Brighton meanwhile can take a step closer to safety with victory here.
Brighton remain without the suspended Davy Propper for this clash with Tottenham.
Steve Sidwell (back & ankle) and Izzy Brown are the Seagulls’ two other absentees
Mauricio Pochettino is still without Danny Rose (calf) and Harry Winks (ankle).
Fernando Llorente skipped Spurs’ defeat to Man City on Saturday for personal reasons but is expected to start here.
Since beating Arsenal at start of March, Brighton have taken just a single point from last four league games.
In last four games at Amex, Glenn Murray has averaged a goal per game.
Tottenham Hotspur saw their 14 league match unbeaten run ended last time out against Manchester City.
Spurs have scored in their last 16 dating back to mid December but have conceded in last four on bounce.
Christian Eriksen has scored in each of last three games for the North Londoners.
- Brighton have lost their last three meetings with Tottenham but won their last home league clash 2-1 in April 1983.
- From 11 home clashes with Spurs in all competitions, Brighton have won and lost five, drawing one.
- The last five meetings have seen the winning side score two goals whilst conceding in two of those games.
- Brighton have taken 10 points from a possible 15 in last five home league matches, having taken just five points from the previous five home games beforehand.
- Tottenham’s have gone unbeaten in their last 12 away matches across all competitions.
Where can game be won or lost?
|Per Game Average||Brighton (home)||Tottenham Hotspur (away)|
|Shots on Target||3.65||5.06|
|Goals per First Half %||36.4||39.4|
|Goals per Second Half %||63.6||60.6|
This match could well be a slow grower with majority of action in second half.
Although Tottenham are stronger in attack, both teams are evenly matched when it comes to discipline.
That is going to potentially play a big part in where the game is won or lost for either team in my opinion.
Brighton average two yellow cards per home game whilst Spurs average the same but in the red card department.
Should either side see a player sent off whether its through two yellow cards or straight red, I reckon that this will give the opposition more belief going forwards.
In summary, expect a tight competitive game with goals coming after the break.
Tottenham will surely rest some players ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup Semi Final showdown at Wembley against Manchester United.
Should that happen, I think we will have a tight match on our hands and ending in a draw.
Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Jake predicts: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Result: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Here at Sport Grill, me and Middlesbrough FC writer, Jake Self are going head to head predicting this season’s Premier League games.
This is how things stand after the previous round of games along with the rules.
Correct score – 3 points
Correct result – 1 point
Incorrect result – 0 points