Football Predictions

Spurs vs Brighton predictions, preview & expected XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 8:58, 23 April 2019

Spurs will be hoping to make it four wins from four in their new stadium when they play host to Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Despite reaching the Champions League semi-finals, Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to ensure his side finish in the top four this season.

The Lilywhites lost out to Man City at the weekend but the club can bounce back with victory against relegation strugglers Brighton.

Chris Hughton’s side have lost their last five matches and are just three points above the drop zone; a win in the capital will go a long way to alleviating frustrations on the South Coast.

Read on for Spurs vs Brighton TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.

When is Spurs v Brighton?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Kick-off: 7:45 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

Spurs vs Brighton can be viewed on Sky Sports in the UK. Viewers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky, and channels 511 and 512 respectively for Virgin Media users.

Subscribe to Squawka’s Youtube channel here.

Head-to-head

Since their first encounter in 1903 these two sides have met on 27 occasions, with Spurs enjoying the better record with 13 wins to Brighton’s six.

This will be just the fourth Premier League meeting between the clubs, with Brighton last tasting victory in 1983.

Spurs wins: 13 Draws: 8 Brighton wins: 6

Match preview

Having played reigning Premier League champions Man City in three of their last four matches, Pochettino will be relieved to be playing a less formidable opponent as the top-four race reaches a climax.

At present, Spurs currently occupy third position, but just three points separates them from sixth-placed Man Utd, so there will be no room for complacency when referee Chris Kavanagh blows his whistle on Tuesday night.

Spurs clash with London rivals West Ham on Saturday before hosting Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie next week, but every match will be a cup final for Pochettino now – expect a full tilt Spurs side against Brighton.

For the struggling South Coast club, they are currently winless in five successive matches, with the club firing a blank in each of those contests.

Brighton are teetering on the brink of dropping into the league’s nether reaches, but maximum reward at Hughton’s old stomping ground could give Brighton valuable breathing space between themselves and Cardiff.

Can Spurs maintain 100% home record?

So far it has been a happy start to life at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and not just because the venue boasts the longest bar in the UK or has its owns state-of-the-art microbrewery, but rather, because the move has so far yielded a 100% win record.

The crowning moment has of course been the riveting 1-0 win over Man City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, but positive results against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield either side of that historic night have been equally pleasing for Spurs fans.

Pochettino now has the chance to make it four wins from four and create something of a fortress, which could prove decisive when his side welcome Ajax next week.

In Brighton they face the perfect opposition to see that situation materialise with Hughton’s side enduring a woeful record on the road this term, with just three wins away from home – against  Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Huddersfield.

Will Son inspire Spurs to top-four finish? 

News of Harry Kane’s injury should have caused major concern for Spurs fans, but the crisis klaxon remained subdued in north London, as Son Heung-min has proven a more than capable replacement through the middle whenever the England international has been sidelined.

Spurs are arguably a more threatening side with Kane out of the team, as his absence allows Son to take centre stage and flourish with his dazzling imagination and mazy runs.

When Kane suffered injury against Man Utd in January, the club won four Premier League matches in a row with Son scoring three goals through the middle.

Kane’s subsequent return coincided with a dip in form as Spurs failed to win their next five league matches, including defeats against Burnley, Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool.

The England marksman has since been sidelined again after sustaining ankle ligament damage and he could miss the rest of the season. That would leave Son as the club’s talisman, but he has proven he is capable of filling that void.

Team News

Hugo Lloris is expected to return having missed the weekend’s defeat to Man City with a muscular problem, while Harry Winks faces a late fitness test to see if he will be available for the match.

Elsewhere, Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and Kane are all out of action for the foreseeable future, while Erik Lamela could return to the match day squad following his thigh injury.

For Brighton, Davy Propper limped off against Wolves at the weekend with a hamstring complication and is expected to miss out, while Anthony Knockaert returns following his three-match suspension.

How everyone thinks Spurs and Brighton will line up

1. Sanchez out, Wanyama in

Pochettino has often tinkered with his tactics across the campaign, switching between a 3-4-1-2, a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-2-1-2.

When Kane has been fit the Argentine tactician has primarily utilised a 4-1-2-1-2 or a 4-2-3-1, but in two of the past three matches he has opted for a three-at-the-back system.

The tactical reshuffle proved effective during the 4-0 drubbing of the Terriers but less influential against City at the weekend

As such, the Evening Standard are expecting Pochettino to return to his trusted diamond formation with Wanyama, Dier, Alli and Eriksen all pulling the strings behind a front two of Son and Lucas Moura – that would see Davinson Sanchez drop out.

Evening Standard’s predicted Spurs XI (4-1-2-1-2): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dier, Dele, Eriksen; Son, Lucas Moura.

2. Beram Kayal in for Propper

With news of Propper’s injury the Seagulls will need a competent midfielder to step up and replicate the Dutchman’s talismanic performances in the heart of midfield.

At the Molineux on Saturday that responsibility was entrusted to Israel international Beram Kayal and the Evening Standard believe the former Celtic man will keep that place on Tuesday.

A combative central midfielder, Kayal has started just seven league games this season, but he will need to bring his best game if he is to haul Brighton out of the relegation mire they find themselves in.

Evening Standard’s predicted Brighton XI (4-3-3): Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Gross, Stephens, Kayal; March, Murray, Izquierdo.

3. Trippier and Rose to return

Against the Citizens at the weekend Pochettino shuffled the pack and made a number of tactical rejigs as well as a number of changes to his personnel.

Among the alterations made by the 47-year-old was the deployment of Juan Foyth at right wing-back and and Ben Davies at left wing-back.

That meant no room for either Kieran Trippier or Danny Rose, but Pochettino should restore both plays to his starting XI as he will be hoping to bounce back from defeat and put Spurs firmly in the ascendancy in this fiercely competitive top-four race.

Squawka predicted Spurs XI (4-1-2-1-2): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dier, Dele, Eriksen; Son, Lucas Moura.

Squawka Prediction

Pochettino will be keen to ensure his side get back to winning ways, and with the new stadium giving the club an overwhelming impetus and motivation – coupled with Brighton’s abysmal away record – they should have no difficulties in clinching three points. Spurs 2-0 Brighton.