Big Match Breakdown: Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham
Will Spurs continue away-day hot streak?
Tottenham Hotspur continue their bid to chase down Manchester United and Liverpool, and head to the AMEX Stadium on the back of five away wins.
Hosts Brighton & Hove Albion have taken a single point from their last four Premier League games. They sit just two points above 17th-placed Swansea City, but a victory would lift them to 11th in a tightly-packed table.
There’s plenty to play for, and the Coral News Team are back with all the info in another Big Match Breakdown…
These sides have met three times since the millennium, with Tottenham winning each of those clashes.
The last two have both ended 2-0 to the North London club. Serge Aurier and Son Heung-Min did the damage in December’s meeting, with goals either side of the break.
Brighton won their last home meeting with Spurs, though that came way back in 1983 – the year the Seagulls reached their only FA Cup Final to date.
Brighton have had most success this term playing a 4-4-2 with two men out wide. With Davy Propper suspended, Beram Kayal and Dale Stevens are likely to start as a holding midfield duo, with Jose Izquierdo and Anthony Knockaert on the flanks.
Up front, Pascal Gross is likely to partner the in-form Glenn Murray.
Spurs’ line-up depends largely on how many players Mauricio Pochettino chooses to rest ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United.
Harry Kane is likely to make the starting XI, but Erik Lamela – subbed off at Manchester City – could be rested. That would likely leave an attacking trio of Son, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura behind the prolific Kane.
Spurs’ counter-attacking prowess has made them such good travellers this term. They pack a ton of pace and trickery on the flanks, so Albion’s full-backs will have to be disciplined and quick off the mark.
For the visitors, the powerful Murray will give a tough aerial and physical battle for Spurs’ centre-back pairing. Alderweireld and Vertonghen are both classy performers, but each will need to show a combative streak tonight.
In the match betting, Tottenham are 8/15 favourites. There’s 13/4 about the draw, while Chris Hughton’s hosts are 11/2 to bag a home win.
While Spurs have won five on the trot away from home, they’ve only kept a clean sheet in one of the last four. The odds make it 11/5 for Tottenham to Win and Both Teams to Score.
Meanwhile, it’s an 8/11 shot for Over 2.5 Goals for the seventh Spurs match in succession.
Son grabbed a vital goal in the last meeting, and he’s picked up seven goals in his last 10 games – including three doubles. The South Korean is 6/4 to Score Anytime, and 7/1 to net Two or More Goals.
For the hosts, Murray has registered seven times in his last 11 outings. The experienced hitman is 23/10 to find the net against Pochettino’s side.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing