Tottenham Hotspur will look to bounce back quickly from their defeat to Chelsea when they host Brighton on Boxing Day.
The Lilywhites fell to a third defeat in five games across all competitions on Sunday, going down 2-0 to an impressive Chelsea side as Jose Mourinho failed to get one over his former player Frank Lampard.
Things didn’t go any better for Brighton at the weekend as their three-game unbeaten run was ended in the form of a 1-0 loss at home to Sheffield United, leaving Graham Potter’s men 13th in the table.
Can Spurs get themselves back on track or will the Seagulls give Mourinho another headache? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Spurs vs Brighton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK):The game is not available on traditional TV but can be live streamed on Amazon Prime.
Last five meetings: Spurs vs Brighton
05 Oct 2019: Brighton 3-0 Tottenham (Premier League)
23 Apr 2019: Tottenham 1-0 Brighton (Premier League)
22 Sep 2018: Brighton 1-2 Tottenham (Premier League)
17 Apr 2018: Brighton 1-1 Tottenham (Premier League)
13 Dec 2017: Tottenham 2-0 Brighton (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Tottenham (LWWDW) 6-5 Brighton (WLLDL)
Ones to watch
Spurs: Harry Kane
Spurs were worryingly blunt against Chelsea and Harry Kane, especially, was anonymous up front.
The England international squandered his one real chance, firing over the bar from an angle you would normally expect him to find the back of the net from with ease, and will need a massive improvement to get back among the goals against Brighton.
Key stat: Harry Kane has fired a blank in four of his last five games.
Brighton: Neal Maupay
Chances are likely to be at a premium for Brighton in north London, so when they do come, the Seagulls need to be clinical.
Neal Maupay has found his ruthless streak in recent weeks, scoring three in his last four, and Potter will need the Frenchman on song once again if his side are to take a result from Spurs.
Key stat: Neal Maupay is Brighton’s top Premier League goalscorer this season with seven, at least five more than any other player.
📋 #THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Dele, Sessegnon, Kane (C).
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2019
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) December 26, 2019
Odds (via Betway)
Tottenham to win: 4/7
Brighton to win: 9/2
(Odds correct as of 26/12/2019 at 10:30)
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Mourinho will have been less than impressed with Tottenham‘s blunt, lacklustre showing against Chelsea on Sunday and will absolutely demand a reaction from his players.
Brighton are enjoying a solid season under Potter and beat Spurs 3-0 the last time these two met. That said, it’s hard to envisage the Seagulls taking a result away from home, no matter how hard they may make it for Spurs.