Tottenham vs Brighton preview, betting tips and prediction: Spurs back on form after Stoke rout
Tottenham to win 3-0 @ 13/2 with Coral
Tottenham to win with a -2 handicap @ 9/5 with Coral
Harry Kane to score two or more @ 23/10 with Coral
The pressure is never too far away for Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino these days, and that in itself is something of a compliment. Spurs are no longer a joke, a team expected to fail, and that is why so many have been so scathing of them at times this season. They can compete; they drew with Real Madrid away and beat them at Wembley in the Champions League, and smashed Liverpool 4-1 in the Premier League. Before, their excuse was the ‘Wembley curse’. Now, they are accused of only turning up for the glamour ties.
Digging a little deeper will suggest they haven’t even done that with defeats in the North London Derby and away at Manchester United recently. But they managed to prove a point on Saturday, beating a hapless Stoke side 5-1 at Wembley. Harry Kane netted twice and we fancy him to continue his great form in midweek. Brighton, and Spurs legend Chris Hughton, come to town on Wednesday; the Seagulls have been poor on the road and lost at Huddersfield at the weekend. All of a sudden, things are looking up for Spurs again. It is funny what one result can do for confidence, even at the highest level.
Spurs had taken just five points from a possible 18 before humbling Stoke on Saturday, and it was becoming a real problem. Their defence has looked weak with Toby Alderweireld missing, and their midfield lacks bite when Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are missing. The trademark width from full back is not the same now Kyle Walker has been sold and Danny Rose, who can’t get in the side at the moment, is reportedly on the verge of joining him out of the door in the summer, or even January. That shows the importance of Kane up front, and when he and Dele Alli misfire, it has a huge impact on the entire team.
Brighton are looking solid in their debut Premier League campaign, but they have been struggling more lately. A 5-1 thrashing at home to Liverpool exploited some issues, as well as the 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield. Over the last six games, Brighton have won just once and although that came away at Swansea at the start of November, they have been markedly more competitive at the Amex Stadium overall. They do face a real uphill battle to get anything from this one if Spurs pick up from where they left off.
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Alderwiereld and Wanyama will miss out again for Spurs, but Dembele could start. The hosts have not reported any fresh injury concerns from the win over Stoke, but Son Heung-Min could start having got on the scoresheet and impressed in that game.
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Likewise, Brighton do not have any new issues to contend with but Anthony Knockhaert missed the loss at the weekend and it is unclear whether he will face Spurs, with Hughton claiming it was a tactical decision to leave him out, with fixture congestion also a factor.