After losses all round for the clubs chasing the top four, Spurs didn’t drop out of the Champions League spots. Can they bounce back with a win vs Brighton after their hectic schedule?
Spurs have faced Man City three times in the last two weeks and they also knocked tournament favourites out of the Champions League. Now Pochettino’s men turn their attention back to confirming a top four finish in the league to ensure Champions League qualification.
It’s tough to know whether Pochettino will have one eye on their Champions League Semi Final clash with Ajax next week or not yet. With both Brighton and West Ham visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before their clash with Ajax, you’d think that Pochettino would have the ability to rest players in either of those matches.
Brighton on the other hand, have really been dragged into a relegation battle by Cardiff following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Welsh outfit. An impressive 0-0 draw at Wolves last time out has increased their chances of survival, but with five losses in a row previously, they’re in for a tough few weeks.
Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to keep his place in between the sticks, as Pochettino is unlikely to risk bringing Hugo Lloris back in following injury. Both Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama were given a rest on the weekend and both could return vs Brighton this evening.
Pochettino decided to also rest both full backs this weekend, as both Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose were sidelined. Both are expected to return vs Brighton in place of Ben Davies and Juan Foyth. Dele Alli is expected to keep his place in the side, after playing the last two matches with a protective cast on his wrist. With talismanic striker Harry Kane still missing, Spurs are becoming heavily reliant on the goals of Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son, both of whom are expected to start tonight.
Brighton on the other hand, look to be without Davy Propper as the midfielder limped off vs Wolves last time out, his influence will be massively missed. They’ll also be without Anthony Knockeart, he serves the last match of a three-match ban after the Frenchman’s needless red card against Bournemouth. Defence will no doubt be at the forefront of Chris Houghtons mind as he brings his Brighton side desperate for points to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He will be hoping that both Lewis Dunk and Sean Duffy can keep their fitness and be influential against a pacey Spurs attack.
Spurs need the points, but so do Brighton… Will the fast-flowing football of Spurs prove too much for a Brighton side desperate for points to stay in the top flight?
I wouldn’t really call it a slip up vs Man City, but Spurs got lucky with all their nearest rivals dropping points that you’d expect them to get. I think Spurs will get back down to business as usual this evening by putting Brighton to the sword. I’m expecting goals to be high on the agenda tonight, as both sides attack better than they defend. You can get Over 2.5 Goals (1.72), I’m also expecting Brighton to get on the scoresheet tonight so Both Teams to Score (2.10) looks a fairly handy price to me.
As I mentioned about Harry Kane still out of action, the onus has once again been dropped onto Heung-Min Son’s shoulders. You can get the South Korean to score anytime (1.72), with so much of the attacking influence going through him, I’m expecting him to find the scoresheet.
Spurs to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.83
Heung-Min Son to Score Anytime @ 1.72
Both Teams to Score @ 2.10