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PREVIEW: ALBION V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

20 September 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion host Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex Stadium this weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening, as they look to continue their unbeaten league start at home in front of the BT Sport cameras, kick-off 5.30pm.

The Seagulls have recovered from being two goals down in consecutive games against Fulham and Southampton, and Chris Hughton’s team will be looking to record their second victory of the campaign this weekend.

Spurs head into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats across the Premier League and Champions League, but the north London club occupy sixth position in the league ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.

It will be the third time Tottenham have visited the Amex, having played the first-ever game against Albion at the club's new stadium back in 2011, before last season’s 1-1 draw in the Premier League.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that Pascal Gross remains injured and will miss out again, however Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are both training and could come into contention at the Amex.

Spurs duo Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli (both hamstring) have both returned to training and are expected to be fit for Saturday’s meeting on the south coast, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris continues his rehabilitation.
 

FORM:

The Seagulls bounced back from an opening-day defeat against Watford with an impressive 3-2 victory over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.

Hughton’s side came close to snatching a point against Liverpool at Anfield but were undone by Mohammed Salah’s first-half strike, which came before a narrow home defeat to Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

Two second-half strikes from Glenn Murray overturned a 2-0 deficit when Fulham visited the Amex earlier this month, and the Albion forward then fired home from the penalty spot to complete another turnaround at St Mary’s.

Southampton put themselves 2-0 ahead after goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Danny Ings, but Shane Duffy halved the deficit before Murray’s 90th-minute spot kick.

Spurs opened the season with three consecutive victories in the Premier League, but have since lost a hat-trick of matches, with their most recent defeat coming against Inter Milan at the San Siro.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team moved to nine points after three league matches with victories over Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester United - the last of which was an eye-catching 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

But defeats to Watford and Liverpool have followed, before Tuesday evening’s 2-1 defeat in Italy, which saw the Serie A side overturn a one-goal deficit in the closing stages.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Without a victory in four league matches and looking to edge their way towards Premier League safety, Albion welcomed Tottenham to the Amex in April and the north London club had Champions League qualification in their sights.

Harry Kane broke the deadlock for the visitors three minutes after half-time, but the Seagulls reacted within minutes of going behind, after Serge Aurier brought down Jose Izquierdo inside the 18-yard box.

Pascal Gross took responsibility from the penalty spot and fired past Hugo Lloris to earn a share of the spoils for Hughton’s hard-working side.




LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

SOUTHAMPTON 2
Hojbjerg 35
Ings 65 pen

ALBION 2
Duffy 67
Murray 90 pen

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Bissouma (Locadia 76), March (Jahanbakhsh 71); Propper; Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bruno, Bernardo, Balogun, Kayal.




LAST TIME OUT: TOTTENHAM

INTER MILAN 2
Icardi 85
Vecino 90+2

TOTTENHAM 1
Eriksen 53

TOTTENHAM: Vorm; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Lamela (Winks 72), Eriksen, Son (Moura 64); Kane (Rose 90).

Subs not used: Gazzaniga (GK), Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Llorente.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Harry Kane

Despite making a relatively slow start to the season, the 25-year-old has two goals in five Premier League matches and will be looking to add to his 110 top-flight goals, which have been scored across 158 matches.

Kane found the back of the net against the Seagulls at the Amex last season, as he fired 43 goals across all competitions for Pochettino’s team, including seven goals in seven Champions League matches.

The forward also scored six goals at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, which secured the Golden Boot award as England reached the semi-finals of the tournament.


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