Brighton v Tottenham
Tuesday, Apr 17 – 19:45
Brighton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at the weekend, and are now without a win in five consecutive matches. Manager Chris Hughton described the performance as ‘uncharacteristic’ of his side, conceding from set-pieces and failing to finish chances late in the game. Glenn Murray managed to find the back of the net for the Seagulls however, and has now scored 13 goals in all competitions this season. Brighton currently sit 13th in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of the relegation zone.
Tottenham suffered a 3-1 defeat to newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City in their last match, putting an end to an impressive 14-game unbeaten run. Spurs are now just seven points above fifth-placed Chelsea in the league table with five games remaining, and with a huge FA Cup clash with Man United on the horizon, Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted to make some changes to his starting XI for tonight’s fixture.
What the stats tell us:
- Brighton managed to win their last league match at home against Spurs (2-1); however, the fixture did take place in April 1983.
- Spurs have won each of their last three competitive matches against Brighton, scoring exactly two goals in each game.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have managed to win seven of their last 10 matches in the Premier League played on a Tuesday (D1 L2).
- Spurs are unbeaten in their last 34 fixtures in the Premier League against newly-promoted clubs, winning each of the last 16 games.
- Brighton have lost four matches at home in the Premier League this season – three of those defeats have come against ‘Big Six’ clubs.
- If Tottenham win at the Amex tonight, it will be the 12th stadium that they have won a Premier League game at this season – their best record in a single campaign.
- Spurs have collected 33 points from away matches in the Premier League this season (W10 D3 L4) – only Man City have collected more.
- Since the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Harry Kane has netted 22 goals in 20 matches against newly-promoted clubs – scoring a hat-trick against one of them in each of his last three seasons.
- Glenn Murray has failed to find the back of the net in each of his last two home matches in the Premier League.
- Christian Eriksen has been involved in eight goals over his last six away matches for Tottenham (five goals, three assists).
Brighton are struggling to find their best form at the moment, and have picked up just one point from their last four games. Chris Hughton looks to have all but guaranteed Premier League football for the Seagulls next season, but he will not want standards to slip any further, and tonight’s match will be a tough test for the home side. Tottenham were outplayed by City at the weekend, so they’ll be looking to bounce back with a convincing performance tonight. We’re backing Harry Kane to find the back of the net in this one.