Tottenham are seeking to avoid full-blown crisis mode when they travel to Brighton this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino saw his side capitulate against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, making Saturday’s trip to the south coast a must-win.
Meanwhile, Brighton still haven’t won in the league since the opening game of the season. Will Graham Potter pull off a shock result against Pochettino’s faltering Spurs?
Read on for our preview, prediction, team news, TV information and more.
When is Brighton vs Tottenham and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Amex Stadium
Date: Saturday, 5 October 2019
Kick-off: 12.30 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate
Last five meetings: Brighton vs Tottenham
23 April 2019: Tottenham 1-0 Brighton (Premier League)
22 September 2018: Brighton 1-2 Tottenham (Premier League)
17 April 2018: Brighton 1-1 Tottenham (Premier League)
13 December 2017: Tottenham 2-0 Brighton (Premier League)
29 October 2014: Tottenham 2-0 Brighton (League Cup)
Aggregate Score: Brighton (LLDLL) 2-8 Tottenham (WWDWW)
Ones to watch
Brighton: Pascal Groß
Spurs need a win and, so, the visitors are bound to set up with an attacking system. That means there could be more room for Pascal Groß to wreak havoc when given the opportunity to do so. He will be looking to get crosses into either Glenn Murray or Neal Maupay, depending on who starts up front, and he could end up being the key man if Tottenham give him room to operate.
Key stat: Only four players have created more chances in the Premier League this season than Pascal Groß (17).
Tottenham: Toby Alderweireld
It might seem odd to single out a centre-back when Spurs need their attacking players to show up against Brighton but, if the front line isn’t clicking, Pochettino may turn to Toby Alderweireld for inspiration. His incisive long balls were a crucial part of Tottenham’s most impressive performance of the season, last month’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace. What’s more, he will need to be alert defensively if the Londoners are to avoid shipping an unwanted number of goals again.
Key stat: Alderweireld has completed more passes ending in the final third than any other defender in the Premier League this season (68).
Shane Duffy is still out with a calf injury, while full-back Bernardo and Leandro Trossard remain sidelined. Solly March will be pushing for a start after missing out against Chelsea.
Predicted XI: Ryan; Webster, Dunk, Burn; Montoya, Stephens, Bissouma, Alzate; Groß, Mooy; Murray.
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Giovani Lo Celso (hip) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) remain Tottenham’s only injury absentees, but Pochettino will surely make changes to his team after Tuesday’s drubbing. A back three could be the order of the day, with Moussa Sissoko starting on the right in place of the suspended Serge Aurier.
Predicted XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Sissoko, Winks, Ndombele, Rose; Lamela, Kane, Son.
Only a win will do for Tottenham but their obligation to attack will give the hosts extra incentive to really get at their opponents. In the end, though, Spurs should have enough quality and endeavour to see out a narrow victory.
Scoreline prediction: Brighton 1-2 Tottenham