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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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