Brighton travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in what will be an important match for both sides as they fight for the European places.
- Date: 10/02/24
- Kick-off time: 15:00
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they look to make their way back into the top four of the Premier League table. Brighton need three points to maintain their position in the top eight and potentially close the gap on the teams above them.
Ange Postecoglou’s side currently sit in fifth place, after they missed the opportunity to get level on points with Aston Villa and Arsenal following Everton’s late equaliser last weekend. After looking set for victory, Jarrad Branthwaite’s 94th-minute goal denied Spurs all three points. A win against Brighton will keep them firmly in the hunt for the Champions League spots.
For the Seagulls, a top-four spot is too far away, but they will fancy their chances of earning a second consecutive European campaign. In eighth, they are a point off West Ham in seventh and three off Man United in sixth. There are also a number of teams below them who are waiting to take advantage of any mishaps. After a humbling 4-0 defeat at the hands of Luton, they recovered well to dismantle their rivals Crystal Palace 4-1 at the weekend.
Both sides play great offensive football, with plenty of goals. With 49 goals scored, Spurs boast the league’s third-best attack, whilst Brighton are not too far behind with 42. Though top scorer Heung-Min Son is still away at the Asia Cup, the recent return of James Maddison has provided a huge boost. Richarlison has also emerged as a serious threat, with the Brazilian scoring nine goals in his last eight league games.
Defences may take a back seat in this one, as the two sides have kept a combined three clean sheets since the beginning of December. Spurs have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three games. Roberto De Zerbi will be hoping Joao Pedro can add to his tally of eight goals.
Since Brighton were promoted in 2017, they have faced Spurs 14 times, in which they have won three. One of those victories was the reverse fixture earlier this season, a 4-2 win at the AMEX. The final score actually flattered the visitors, as the hosts took a 4-0 lead before late strikes from Alejo Veliz and Ben Davies threatened a comeback. Pedro scored a brace from the penalty spot, adding to goals by Jack Hinshelwood and Pervis Estupinan.