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PREVIEW: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V ALBION

11 December 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening, kick-off 8pm, in search of a reaction from Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield Town.

The Seagulls will make their first appearance at the new national stadium, as they look to get back to winning ways on the road.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were convincing 5-1 winners at home to Stoke City at the weekend and sit in sixth position in the Premier League table.

TEAM NEWS: 

Chris Hughton confirmed that Albion have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday evening's game - with Steve Sidwell remaining the only absentee from his squad.

The Albion boss also revealed Anthony Knockaert could return to the side, after the Frenchman was left out due to tactical reasons at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

Home manager Pochettino will remain without central defender Toby Alderweireld after he withdrew from their Champions League game against Real Madrid with a hamstring injury last month.

The game will also come too soon for midfielder Victor Wanyama, who suffered a knee injury against Chelsea back in August. 

FORM:

ALBION: Defeat for Albion at the weekend in Yorkshire meant that Chris Hughton’s men suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since the opening two matches of the campaign.

The Seagulls will be hoping to register their first win for five matches following a tough run of results in the top flight.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: By contrast, their opponents have lost just once in their last six matches across all competitions – a 2-1 defeat away to Leicester City in the Premier League.

The side’s home form has been equally impressive, having suffered only two defeats at Wembley Stadium so far during this campaign. They came against Chelsea and West Ham, and successes have included wins over Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2
Mounie 12, 43

ALBION 0 

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner; Schelotto (March 45), Stephens, Propper, Brown (Hemed 73); Gross (Izquierdo 63); Murray.

Subs not used: Krul, Hunemeier, Kayal, Baldock. 

LAST TIME OUT: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5
Shawcross (OG) 21
Son 53
Kane 54, 65
Eriksen 74

STOKE CITY 1
Shawcross 80

Tottenham Hotspur line-up: Lloris; Trippier, Vertonghen, Davies; Son (Llorente 86), Dier, Dembele, Alli (Lamela 67), Eriksen, Winks (Sissoko 78), Kane.

Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Foyth, Aurier. 



PLAYER TO WATCH:
Harry Kane

The striker’s brace in Saturday’s victory over the Potters took his goal tally for 2017 to 50 after 48 appearances for both club and country. The forward has played over 4000 minutes in that time, attempting 228 shots and averaging 81 minutes per goal in the process.

He’s notched four league doubles so far this season – against Everton, West Ham, Huddersfield Town and Liverpool and he’s also netted six times so far in the Champions League, as well as seven goals for Gareth Southgate’s England side.


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