Brighton v Tottenham
Saturday September 22, 17:30
Live on BT Sport
Brighton bouncing back, again
Glenn Murray struck a stoppage-time penalty as Brighton came from two goals down for the second consecutive game to earn a dramatic point at Southampton on Monday night. Shane Duffy's header had given Albion hope before Murray's late leveller gave the Seasiders their first away point of the season.
Chris Hughton's visitors had struggled to create chances in the absence of the injured Pascal Gross - a player who they have failed to win without since the start of last season - but emerged with greater purpose after the interval with Solly March and Anthony Knockaert key.
Gross' fitness will be asses before kick-off, as will the condition of Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo, although Hughton may opt to name the same XI that started on Monday night. However, summer signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh and January addition Jurgen Locadia will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Tottenham toiling after three straight defeats
Two late Inter Milan goals in midweek saw Tottenham slide to their third successive defeat for the first time since Mauricio Pochettino took over in 2014. Christian Eriksen's deflected strike had given Spurs the lead at the San Siro but sloppy defending from set-pieces again proved to be the Londoners' Achilles heel.
Post-match Pochettino accused journalists of "disrespect" after taking issue with being asked about leaving Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld at home. World Cup semi-finalists Trippier and Alderweireld were two of five changes made to his starting XI from Tottenham's Premier League defeat by Liverpool.
Both are expected to return to the fold here along with Lucas Moura with Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez dropping out. Meanwhile, Danny Rose could come back in for Ben Davies but Hugo Lloris remains unavailable, but Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko are back in full training and will be assessed ahead of the game.
Albion tough to beat on the south coast
Brighton's 5.004/1 only victory (W1-D2-L6) in nine meetings with Spurs came way back in 1983 but the Seasiders should be encouraged by their Amex Stadium efforts. Having lost their first three meetings with Big Six opposition by an aggregate 1-11, Albion have since returned W3-D1-L0 against the league's elite.
Chris Hughton's men held Tottenham here in May and the hosts have only been beaten four times in 21 outings on the south coast since winning promotion. Brighton come into Saturday's contest with a sole reverse to their name in nine (W5-D3-L1) on home soil, against Leicester back in March.
Spurs 1.814/5 were as skinny as 1.625/8 for this fixture last season with confidence in Mauricio Pochettino's under-pressure side dwindling this term. Nevertheless, Tottenham have W6-D3-L1 in their past nine away Premier League days and boasted a W28-D9-L3 return at bottom-half teams under the Argentine's watch.
Back both sides to get on the scoresheet
Brighton have made a habit of slow starts this season, typified by some uncharacteristically poor defending. The Seagulls have shipped at least two goals in four of their five outings, with only West Ham and Huddersfield conceding a higher average Expected Goals from open play figure.
Three of Brighton's first five fixtures have crossed the Over 2.5 Goals 1.784/5 barrier, although only 10/21 (48%) Amex outings since promotion have paid out in the same market. Instead, take the slightly shorter odds 1.758/11 on Both Teams To Score.
Spurs' backline woes when defending set-pieces is sure to come under the microscope with Albion's towering centre-halves attacking dead-ball situations. The visitors have kept a solitary clean sheet this season and only fired one blank in their past 16 Premier League games as guests.
Both Teams To Score has provided profit in 7/10 (70%) of their collective league contests this season, as well as in 13/21 (62%) Brighton home matches since promotion and 24/40 (60%) of Spurs' trips to bottom-half dwellers.
Same Game Multi
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