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Preview: Albion looking to leapfrog Spurs

A look-ahead to today's WSL action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

By Bruce Talbot • 29 April 2023

Albion face Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday (5.15pm) in a crucial game for both teams at the bottom of the WSL.

A win for Albion would lift them above Spurs to ninth in the table.

Team News

Albion have no fresh injury worries for the game.

Melissa Phillips’ thoughts

"There were a lot of positives from the Liverpool game, even though we ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline. There are also things to work on, like how we react when we concede a goal but for the first time since I came to the club we've had a full week on the training ground, working with all the players. Hopefully we'll see the benefits of that on Saturday." 


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Melissa Phillips' Spurs press conference

Previous meetings

Albion suffered their worst WSL defeat back in October when they lost 8-0 to Spurs at the Broadfield Stadium with head coach Hope Powell resigning the following day.

Our overall record in seven games against them is five defeats and two wins. Our last away game against Spurs, at Barnet FC in February 2022, ended in a 4-0 defeat. In October 2021 goals from Geummin Lee and Victoria Williams earned us a 2-1 victory and our only other win against them came in March 2021 when Inessa Kaagman’s second-half double secured a 2-0 win at the Broadfield Stadium.

Player to watch

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Beth England celebrates a goal for Spurs against Manchester United earlier this season.

Striker Beth England, who joined Spurs in January from Chelsea, has scored six goals in eight appearances which represents half of Tottenham’s goal tally in that time. England, whose former clubs include Doncaster Belles and Liverpool, has played 21 times for England since her debut in 2019 and was part of the squad which won the Euros in 2022.

Stats and facts

Albion have lost all three of their away matches against Spurs in the WSL to date, most recently losing 4-0 in February 2022.

Spurs have won just one of their last 13 matches in the WSL (D1 L11) – this is despite scoring at least once in each of their last nine games, their longest ever such run in the competition.

Albion have never drawn away to London opposition in the WSL, winning five games and losing 12. Four of their five victories away to London clubs in the competition have been against West Ham.

After losing each of their final five home league matches under Rehanne Skinner, Spurs have since earned four points from the subsequent three home games under Victoria Jepson (W1 D1 L1), drawing last time out against Aston Villa.

Albion have the highest PPDA (opposition passes per defensive action) in the WSL this season (15.3), meaning they allow their opponents more passes than any other team on average for every defensive intervention made.

Albion are the only side yet to have recorded a clean sheet in the WSL this season – the Seagulls have conceded in each of their last 21 matches in the competition (66 goals at an average of 3.1 per game).

Katie Robinson has been involved in the most open play goal-ending sequences (8) and the most open play shot-ending sequences (57) of any Brighton player this season in the WSL.