After a tough mid-week loss in the Champions League, the Tottenham Hotspur will head to the south coast of England to rediscover their winning ways against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton enter this contest with a 1-2-2 record, and are about where many pundits pegged them to be in the pre-season. This is a team that could very well flirt with relegation throughout, but do have the pieces to make any game at interesting – especially at home. With the Spurs entering off of a trip to Milan on Tuesday, it could make for a fascinating encounter.
Tottenham began this season with hopes and three straight victories. Since that moment though, they have struggled – losing their past two league matches. The Spurs are banking on yet another top-4 finish, but it makes you wonder if their lack of off-season acquisitions has finally bit them in the rear-end.
The EPL is often known for producing a dramatic results, and despite the perceived gap in talent between these two sides, the atmosphere in Brighton and the spirit with that side should produce quite the match. We’ll be looking for our EPL wagering success to keep on going into this week, so read on below for more analysis and a betting prediction for Spurs vs. Brighton.
Brighton vs. Tottenham Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-135)
Under 2.5 (+105)
Brighton vs. Tottenham Pick:
One big loss for the Spurs as they prepare to enter this contest is that they will be without the services of their number one goalie in Hugo Lloris. He remains injured, and as a result Michel Vorm is expected to start in his place. That is a huge downgrade and the Dutchman has not made up for some shoddy defensive work from the Spurs. He’s conceded six goals in his last three outings, and he will need to be better against a pesky Brighton group on Saturday.
For Brighton, they’ve been able to score goals so far in the Premier League. Glenn Murray has found the fountain of youth up front at the striker position, and he will be seeking his fourth tally of the year. Midfielder Pascal Gross will miss out to injury for the Seagulls, while it is believed that Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will be able to make their season debuts for Brighton. That should give them another much needed creative punch.
For the Spurs, expect a much more focused group as they see their position in the table dropping. They remain a very talented side, one that is quite familiar with one another. They know their goals for the season and the expectations, and despite not seeking outside help from the transfer window, there is more than enough skill to be able to get by a lowly Brighton group.
Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko should both be cleared to play if they are in fact in the starting 11. Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld will also be good to suit up after being rested for the Inter Milan match last Tuesday.
With Tottenham and manager Mauricio Pochettino badly needing a victory, expect a focused and energized Spurs squad for this trip. This is their first slump in some time, and given the urgency of the situation, I’d expect the skill and professionalism of the Spurs players to win out. The atmosphere will be tough and Brighton will also likely find the back of the net, but a 2-1 Tottenham victory seems likely here. The Spurs are just too much to handle when they’re on the ball, and their overall team speed and strength within the midfield should have Brighton constantly on defense.
PICK = Tottenham Hotspur (-134)