Brighton & Hove Albion make their first visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm, as they look to edge closer to Premier League safety with a positive result against Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
The Seagulls ended a run of four league defeats against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, thanks to a hard-fought performance and goalless draw at Molineux.
Spurs head into the game after back-to-back visits to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium — the north London club lost on both occasions, but their 4-3 defeat in the UEFA Champions League was enough to see them progress on aggregate.
Tuesday’s game is the first of three consecutive televised matches for the Seagulls — the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be shown live on Sky Sports, ahead of matches against Newcastle United and Arsenal.
Chris Hughton confirmed that Davy Propper will be unavailable for selection after sustaining a hamstring injury at Molineux on Saturday.
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in contention for a return to the side, but Harry Kane (ankle), Moussa Sissoko (groin), Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier (both hamstring) are all expected to miss out through injury.
The Seagulls returned to putting points on the board on Saturday afternoon, as they frustrated Wolves at Molineux to claim a much-needed point towards Premier League survival.
Before disappointing defeats to AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City, Hughton’s side produced an admirable display against Manchester City in an Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, but were narrowly beaten 1-0.
Spurs took maximum points from Premier League matches against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town, but Pochettino’s side were beaten either side of those games by Liverpool and Manchester City.
The north London club secured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Ajax, after a 4-4 away goals victory over Pep Guardiola’s reigning Premier League champions.
LAST TIME WE MET
Goals either side of half-time from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave Spurs a 2-0 lead when they visited the Amex Stadium back in September.
Anthony Knockaert pulled a goal back in stoppage time, and the Frenchman almost levelled the game in the dying seconds, but Paulo Gazzaniga denied the Albion winger to secure maximum points.
LAST TIME OUT: ALBION
Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno (Bernardo 70), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; March, Stephens, Propper (Kayal 10), Izquierdo; Gross; Murray.
Subs not used: Button (GK), Burn, Locadia, Jahanbakhsh, Andone.
LAST TIME OUT: SPURS
MAN CITY 1
Spurs line-up: Gazzaniga; Foyth, Sanchez, Alderweireld (Llorente 78), Vertonghen, Davies; Eriksen, Dier (Wanyama 61), Alli (Rose 69); Son, Moura.
Subs not used: Vorm (GK), Walker-Peters, Skipp, Janssen.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Heung-min Son
The South Korean has reached the 20-goal mark for the second time in his Tottenham career, following 12 goals in the Premier League, four in the Champions League, three in the Carabao Cup and one in the Emirates FA Cup.
In the absence of top goalscorer Harry Kane, Son has stepped up for the north London club to provide the goals to help their challenge for Champions League success and a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old will be suspended for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax, therefore Pochettino will be keen to make the most of Son in their upcoming league matches, starting with Tuesday’s game against the Seagulls.