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PREVIEW: ALBION V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

16 April 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Amex Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Amex Stadium tomorrow evening - kick-off 7.45pm - and Chris Hughton’s men will be looking to edge closer to Premier League survival.

The Seagulls were beaten 3-2 by Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, but Hughton’s men remain in 13th position with five matches remaining, as the fight for Premier League safety rolls on.

The match will see Spurs visit the Amex for a second time, after the north London side played the Seagulls in the club’s very first fixture at their new home back in 2011 - when Spurs won the friendly match 3-2.

Tuesday night’s opponents head to the south coast after Manchester City ended their 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League - and Mauricio Pochettino’s team will be keen to move closer to sealing Champions League qualification.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton confirmed that apart from Davy Propper (suspended) and Steve Sidwell (back & ankle), he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Spurs will be without Danny Rose (calf) and Harry Winks (ankle) for tomorrow night’s game at the Amex.




REVERSE FIXTURE:

Spurs secured a 2-0 victory over Albion on their first visit to the new Wembley Stadium, with goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son ensuring the hosts took all three points from the game.

Albion frustrated their opponents for the majority of the opening half, but Aurier’s fortuitous cross-shot looped over Mathew Ryan from the right wing to give Pochettino’s men the lead.

Tomer Hemed had a good chance to equalise in the second half, but Son’s front-post finish put the game out of sight in the 87th minute.


FORM:

The Seagulls were edged out 3-2 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, following a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium beforehand.

Hughton’s men were left frustrated after taking just one point from back-to-back home games against Huddersfield and Leicester City, with the Foxes winning 2-0 on the south coast.

Following Murray’s saved penalty in front of the North Stand, goals from Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy secured the points for the visitors - and that defeat came after Hughton’s side exited the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford.

Albion had previously strung together a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which included an impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Amex, and also wins against Swansea City and West Ham United.

Spurs tasted defeat against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, losing 3-1 to the Premier League champions - but Pochettino’s team had previously gone 14 league games without losing.

Six straight Premier League victories came before Saturday’s loss - as they won 1-0 in the north London derby against Arsenal, as well as beating Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham were also looking to make progress in the Champions League, but lost to Juventus over two legs - however, they reached the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup, where they come up against Manchester United.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

CRYSTAL PALACE 3
Zaha 5, 24
Tomkins 14

ALBION 2
Murray 18
Izquierdo 34

ALBION: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong (March 86); Stephens, Kayal, Gross (Ulloa 71); Izquierdo, Murray, Locadia (Knockaert 45).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Baldock.




LAST TIME OUT: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1
Eriksen 42

MANCHESTER CITY 3
Jesus 22
Gundogan 25
Sterling 72

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane.

Subs not used: Vorm (GK), Aurier, Wanyama, Sterling.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Christian Eriksen

The midfielder has shown impressive form for Spurs in recent weeks, scoring in three consecutive Premier League matches, while also adding to his tally of assists, which currently stands at ten.

The Dane has fired equally as many goals in the Premier League this season, while also bagging another four goals between the Champions League and Emirates FA Cup.

Eriksen has missed just one league game for Pochettino’s men this season, and has been instrumental in helping his team-mates to fourth position in the Premier League, with just five matches remaining.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1

17 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross is congratulated after scoring from the spot.
  • Harry Kane fires Spurs ahead
  • Pascal Gross equalises from penalty spot
  • Hardworking performance secures valuable point
  • Seagulls stay 13th in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening at the Amex Stadium.

Pascal Gross’s penalty cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener with both goals coming in quick succession at the start of the second half. 

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Crystal Palace at the weekend with Bruno and Anthony Knockaert replaced Ezequiel Schelotto and Jurgen Locadia. 

Lewis Dunk’s challenge on Lucas Moura earnt him the game’s first yellow card in the early stages of the contest.

It gave the visitors their first opening of the game, as a free-kick was awarded on the edge of the penalty area, but Christian Eriksen fired the set-piece straight into the wall and the danger was cleared.

At the other end great work by Glenn Murray earnt the hosts a corner after the striker had outmuscled Jan Vertonghen, and it presented the Seagulls with an opportunity of their own.

Gross’s out-swinging delivery was met powerfully by the head of Dunk in the centre – much in the same way the two had combined on Saturday for the first goal at Selhurst Park – but the defender’s effort was claimed by Hugo Lloris with Knockaert unable to get a toe to the ball from close range.

A superb solo run by the Frenchman had the Amex on their feet soon after as the midfielder skipped past challenges and fired towards goal but his effort was deflected up and into the grateful arms of Lloris.

Maty Ryan did well to hold a shot on goal from Heung Min-Son as the game continued to ebb and flow before Dale Stephens’ cute flick from Gross’s cross skewed away from goal as the home side continued to look dangerous on the break. 

The Australian keeper was called into action again when he was alert to tip away Moura’s effort from distance over the crossbar before Jose Izquierdo ghosted in at the far post but couldn’t meet Gross’s tempting cross with an outstretched leg. 

Harry Kane and Son combined well to allow the latter to shoot from the edge of the area just before the break, but Ryan once again got down well superbly to tip away the effort as the half came to a close. 

Tottenham, who have won ten away games in the League this season, grabbed the lead immediately after the restart through Kane.

Son got the better of Dunk on the byline, and the midfielder squared for the England striker to fire home via a deflection off Bruno from eight yards.

But no sooner had they fallen behind than Hughton’s men were level. Izquierdo darted into the area and away from Serge Aurier, and the Tottenham defender bundled over the Colombian to hand the home side a chance to level from the penalty spot. 

The responsibility was given to Gross and the German midfielder stepped up to beat Lloris to the keeper’s right and tuck the ball into the bottom corner, much to the delight of the Albion fans.

That frantic start to the half was followed by a more subdued period before Shane Duffy deflected Aurier’s fierce drive narrowly away from goal with 18 minutes left on the clock.

Leonardo Ulloa then replaced Murray for the hardworking hosts and the visitors made a double switch with Erik Lamela and Moussa Dembele replacing Moussa Sissoko and Moura respectively.

Solly March came on for Izquierdo with 15 minutes left and Kane was replaced by Fernando Llorente.

In the closing stages Gross fired volleyed over Ulloa’s clever flick from a throw-in and Lamela fired straight at Ryan as both sides continued to press for a winner. 

Three additional minutes were signalled and Ulloa went agonisingly close to latching onto Stephens’ lofted through ball, but that was to be the last of the action of the evening.

The reaction from Albion fans as the whistle blew emphasised the importance of the result with Burnley next up for the Seagulls at Turf Moor on Saturday 28th April.

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Izquierdo (March 75), Gross, Murray (Ulloa 74).

Subs not used: Krul, Schelotto, Goldson, Baldock, Locadia.

Tottenham Hotspur line-up: Lloris, Aurier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davies, Wanyama, Sissoko (Dembele 74), Moura (Lamela 74), Eriksen, Son, Kane (Llorente 85). 

Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Dier, Llorente.

 

Attendance: 30,440.

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Ticket News

TOTTENHAM MATCH SOLD OUT

17 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
The Amex before kick-off.

Brighton & Hove Albion fans are advised that general admission tickets for the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur this evening at the Amex have now sold out.

Hospitality packages in both the Goldstone Restaurant and HB’s Restaurant have also sold out, though a limited number of lounge access seats are available, priced at £125.

A limited number of general admission tickets are available through the ticket exchange system, where season-ticket holders unable to attend will be given the opportunity to list their tickets for resale.

Additional seats that get released through the ticket exchange will be available on restricted sale to those with a purchase history. Concession prices are not available on seats released via the ticket exchange.

These are available online at seagullstickets.com (login with your FAN number) and by phone via the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901*.

Booking fees apply of £1.50 per ticket for telephone/in person and £1 per ticket online. Print-at-home tickets purchased online are exempt from booking fees.

*Calls to the Albion Booking line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.

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