Tottenham v Brighton and Hove Albion
Tuesday 23 April: 7.45pm
Tottenham’s celebrations at reaching the Champions League semi-finals ended when they returned to Manchester City on Saturday. A 1-0 defeat puts their hopes of a top-four finish in danger and they’ll be keeping a close eye on Sunday and Monday’s results. Brighton and Hove Albion remain in relegation trouble despite a draw at Wolves on Saturday and their fans are beginning to forget what it’s like to see their team score.
Midweek saw Tottenham go to Manchester City and come away with a place in the Champions League semi-finals. They are 9/2 (5.5) at SportNation to win the Champions League and may have to in order to qualify for next season’s competition.
Tottenham may have had all the glory on Wednesday evening but fact is they did lose on the night. A return trip to the Etihad on Saturday again saw them defeated as they lost 1-0. They have now won just two of their last eight Premier League games and those were home wins over Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town.
At the end of Saturday’s games, Spurs were still third in the table but wins for Arsenal and Chelsea on Sunday and Monday would take them out of the top four. A win for Manchester United would see them level with Tottenham. It’s 4/11 (1.36) at Ladbrokes that they will finish in the top four this season and BetVictor will give you 5/2 (3.5) that they don’t.
Three of their final four league games are at their new home with Brighton, West Ham and Everton paying visits. Their other game is away to Bournemouth, so not the hardest of run-ins. These stats aren’t quite as impressive as they sound but Tottenham have won all their games played at their new stadium and have never conceded a goal. You can get odds of 6/5 (2.2) at SkyBet on them winning this game to nil.
Regardless of where the Londoners play their home games, they have won five of their last six in the Premier League. That’s keeping them in the chase for a top four finish, considering the fact they have lost five away games in a row. It’s 4/11 (1.36) at Bet365 that they win against Brighton on Tuesday.
Brighton and Hove Albion are 17th in the Premier League with four games to go. They drew 0-0 at Wolves on Saturday to end a run of five straight defeats. That took them three points clear of Cardiff City and the Seagulls will be hoping Cardiff don’t get any points at home to Liverpool on Sunday. Albion are (5.5) at Paddy Power to be relegated this season.
They may have got a point on Saturday but they still failed to score. That’s six league and cup games without troubling the scorers and their last league goal was on March 9. William Hill will give you 17/20 (1.85) on them scoring in this match. Brighton have four games to play but of those, three are against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City. All of which makes Saturday’s home game against Newcastle United, a vital one.
Brighton have just five points from their last nine away league games. Their away day blues are nothing new with only three wins in their last 30 Premier League away matches. If you think they can get a shock win at Tottenham on Tuesday, Betway will give you odds of 8/1 (9.0).
Tottenham have won four of their last five games against Brighton. Both teams have scored in the last two games and it’s 1/1 (2.0) at Coral that both Tottenham and Brighton score in this game.
Tottenham’s injury list includes Harry Kane, Mossua Sissoka, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks. Brighton have injury worries over Davy Propper and Bruno.
Tottenham have three of their last four games at home and can win the first of them against Brighton and Hove Albion. They have made a good start to life at their new stadium, while Brighton are still struggling for points and goals (just one would be nice). A bet on Tottenham to win with over 1.5 goals in the match has odds of 8/13 (1.61) at Betfred.