Preview: Spurs v Brighton & Hove Albion. Sunday 1st Nov 19.15.
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
After our crap game (putting it mildly) in the Europa League on Thursday evening, we are back down to earth in the Premier League.
A win against the seagulls could put us at the top (providing other results go our way). I am always optimistic, so let us hope for the best.
Jose Mourinho is set to rotate his squad after describing our performance in the midweek Europa League defeat as poor. I am sure that using that word was for media consumption, where he probably said “fucking shit!”.
Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele are expected to be fit after being rested for Thursday’s game as a precaution.
Brighton captain Lewis Dunk is banned and forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh is out with a hamstring problem. Their midfielder Davy Propper has a slight chance of playing after returning from an injury.
Danny Welbeck could make his first appearance for the Brighton. He was on the bench in their Monday’s draw with West Brom.
My thoughts and predictions
First of all, we must remember that the team that plays against the Seagulls won’t be the team that was humiliated on Thursday. So I am expecting us to continue our good spirits and run in the league. The excellent partnership between Kane and Son will continue with the others all playing an important part.
Son is finally getting the recognition he merits. He has been and will continue to be one of the significant assets for the club (oh, and is lightning quick). As for Kane, well he has been massively inspiring too. He drops off deeper sometimes so he can’t be picked up, and is controlling events from that position.
As for Dele; sadly, I think his days are numbered. I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think he is Mourinho’s sort of player, he certainly isn’t putting 100% effort into his work and to play for Mourinho you need 110% or you are out.
As for Brighton: they are 16th in the league but have been playing quite well of late. They’ve created plenty of chances, but they have only one win to show for their efforts. But that doesn’t mean they can’t rattle us or even sneak a win if we are not 100% focused.
My prediction: 4-0
I’ve predicted 4 because I am sure that the team will want to show that the game against Royal Antwerp was only a blip. And remember, Son and Harry Kane have combined for nine Premier League goals this season
We have won our past five home meetings with Brighton in all competitions.
Brighton have lost six successive away matches against Spurs.
The Seagulls haven’t won at Tottenham’s ground since a 1-0 victory in October 1981.
We are unbeaten in five league matches (W3, D2).
We have scored a league-high 16 goals going into this weekend.
However, we could go to four home league fixtures without a win for the first time since December 2013.
Harry Kane has been directly involved in 13 goals this season, the most ever recorded by a player after six games of a Premier League campaign.
Kane’s eight assists in six Premier League appearances is already the most he has provided in an entire season.
Son has scored 10 goals in his past seven games in all competitions, with eight of those coming in the Premier League.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton have drawn their past two matches and have won just once in the league this season (D2, L3).
Nonetheless, the Seagulls have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League away games (W3, D6).
Albion have conceded seven goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season, the highest number in the division.
They have lost 16 of their past 18 Premier League away fixtures versus the established top-six teams (W1, D1).
Neal Maupay has scored four of Brighton’s five first-half goals in this season’s Premier League – the other was an own goal.
So that is it folks—my prediction, views and hopes.
Best regards, Glenn