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Preview: March to return for Tottenham's visit

Albion are back at the Amex on Saturday afternoon for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur in the lunchtime 12.30pm kick-off in the Premier League.

By James Hilsum • 03 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March is available for Saturday's game.

It is the second of two matches against London opposition following last Saturday’s game away at Chelsea, as the Seagulls take on a Tottenham side that heads to the Amex following a bruising 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently sit fifth in the table with 11 points from seven games, and most recently edged out Southampton 2-1 in their previous league encounter last Saturday.

Graham Potter’s side have taken six points from seven Premier League games to date and lie 16th in table.

Team news… 

Potter gave an update on Albion’s injury list, and revealed that Solly March, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Leon Balogun are all available for the weekend. Davy Propper will be assessed ahead of the match after picking up a hamstring problem.

Shane Duffy (calf), remains ruled out, and the game also comes too soon for Bernardo and Leandro Trossard.

For Tottenham, Serge Aurier has been ruled out of the game through suspension, while Giovani Lo Celso (hip) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) will both miss the match. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Alireza Jahanbakhsh is back in contention for Saturday's game.

Stat attack...

Albion’s changed style of play has been well publicised, and it has produced a number of interesting statistics.

Last season, the Seagulls had an average possession of just 41.39 per cent, the fourth-lowest in the Premier League. This season, it has increased to 55.1 per cent, which is the seventh-highest, more than both Chelsea and Arsenal.

In last season’s 2-1 defeat at home to Spurs, Albion averaged just 28.6 per cent of the ball, and Potter’s men will be hoping for a greater share of the ball this time round.

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Extended highlights: Chelsea 2 Albion 0

Chelsea 2
Jorginho 50 (pen)
Willian 76

Albion 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Webster, Burn, Dunk; Montoya, Bissouma (Bong 45), Stephens, Alzate; Gross, Maupay (Murray 79), Mooy (Connolly 65).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Schelotto, Baluta, Jahanbakhsh.

Their last fixture…

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Toby Alderweireld at the final whistle of the defeat to Bayern Munich.

Tottenham Hotspur 2
Son 12
Kane 61 (pen)

Bayern Munich 7
Kimmich 15
Lewandowski 45, 87
Gnabry 53, 55, 83, 88

Tottenham line-up: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele (Eriksen 64), Winks (Lamela 81), Sissoko; Son, Alli (Moura 71), Kane.

Subs not used: Gazzaniga (GK), Sanchez, Dier, Davies.

Tottenham’s player to watch...

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Harry Kane in action for Tottenham Hotspur.

In what has been a decidedly mixed start to the campaign for Spurs, Harry Kane has continued to prove his quality as the main frontman at the club.

The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in all competitions so far this term, including what proved to be the winner in an edgy 2-1 win over Southampton, and a goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw at Arsenal.

Kane has proved to be deadly from the spot this season, after successfully converting five penalties for club and country so far this campaign.

The England skipper has also scored in this fixture in each of the last two seasons, following a narrow 2-1 win for the visitors just over a year ago, and in a 1-1 draw played between the two sides in April 2018.

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