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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Brightonv Spurs, 17.04.18

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Brighton
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           1   1   0   0    2 -  0   3
Away           0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
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Total(Prem)    1   1   0   0    2 -  0   3
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Football Lge   
Home(Div 1)    4   2   1   1    6 -  4   6
Away(Div 1)    4   3   0   1    8 -  3   7
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Total(Div 1)   8   5   1   2   14 -  7  13
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   0   1   0    0 -  0   1
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    1 -  3   0
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Total(Div 2)   2   0   1   1    1 -  3   1 
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Total(Prem)    1   1   0   0    2 -  0   3
Total(Div 1)   8   5   1   2   14 -  7  13
Total(Div 2)   2   0   1   1    1 -  3   1   
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Grand Total   11   6   2   3   17 -  8  17
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Brighton   -    WWLLDL

Brighton   4-1    Swansea
Brighton   2-1    Arsenal
Everton    2-0    Brighton
Brighton   0-2    Leicester
Brighton   1-1    Hds'field
C. Palace  3-2    Brighton

Spurs      -    WWWWWL
           
C. Palace  0-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Hds'field
B'mouth    1-4    Spurs
Chelsea    1-3    Spurs
Stoke      1-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Man City

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     33 20  7  6  65-30  35   67
13. Brighton  33  8 11 14  31-46 -15   35

Both teams seeking a bounce-back win

Spurs make their first visit to Brighton's AMEX (American Express Community) Stadium tomorrow for a competitive game. Both teams will be sore after suffering defeats on Saturday. This game was scheduled for this coming weekend, but had to be re-arranged following our advance to the FA Cup semi-finals.

It won't be our first visit to this stadium though as we were the visitors for a friendly match on the occasion of the official opening in July 2011. We actually played two friendlies against Brighton that summer. Firstly in a match played on the Algarve in Portugal on July 19th, we drew 2-2 with goals by Andros Townsend and Souleymane Coulibaly. Townsend played against Brighton in Saturday's "M23 Derby". Coulibaly, in whom many Spurs fans had great hopes when he arrived, is now 23 and has never full established himself with any professional team. He has played for several teams including Peterborough in 2015/16 and Kilmarnock last season. The last record I have of Coulibaly playing is at the end of last season in Egypt.

The second and "official opening" friendly was played on July 30th 2011. Spurs won that game 3-2 with goals by Younes Kaboul, Vedran Corluka and Jake Livermore. Gus Poyet was the Brighton manager at the time, and had led his team to promotion to the Championship in time for the opening of Brighton's long-awaited stadium.

The real venom between Brighton and Crystal Palace probably came when both teams had former Spurs players as managers in the seventies. Terry Venables was in charge at Palace. Mullery was at Brighton, who played at The Goldstone Ground in those days. This Wikipedia account descibes how Mullery was fined by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute. One surprising fact is that Mullery would later manage Palace himself!

As a bonus to those fans who enjoy such meetings, there have been three "M23" derbies this season. The Brighton home league game was drawn 0-0, and the two teams met again at the AMEX in the FA Cup Third Round. Chris Hughton's boys won that one 2-1, and went on the quarter-finals when they were beaten 2-0 at Old Trafford. Brighton were subjected to the inconvenience of a 7.45pm kick-off for that game, just as we were on Saturday against Man City. In Saturday's game at Selhurst Park, which Palace won 3-2, all five goals were scored in the first half.

Sitting in 13th place on 35 points "The Seagulls" are arguably just one win away from Premier League survival. They are seven points clear of Southampton with 5 games to be played, but with this game followed by only one more home game (against Man Utd) and trips to Burnley, Man City and Liverpool you have to wonder where that win will come from. Perhaps they won't need it. After all, Huddersfield celebrated their late, late win against Watford to reach 35 points as if that might be all they need. Let's hope Brighton don't get that win tomorrow, much as we Spurs fans revere a loyal and lovable legend.

Brighton have no new injury problems, but they will be missing Davy Propper, who is serving a three match suspension after his sending-off against Huddersfield on April 7th. 34 year old Glenn Murray scored his 12th Premier league goal of the season at Selhurst Park, and the other scorer for Brighton was the speedy Izquierdo, who was a threat to us at Wembley, along with Anthony Knockaert when we won 2-0 in December. In front of a passionate home crowd, Brighton will offer a threat to Tottenham.

Spurs are still looking for nine points from their five games to ensure Champions League football, but Mauricio Pochettino will have his eyes on as high a position as possible, especially after Manchester United's shock home defeat yesterday against West Brom. With Saturday's semi-final in mind, "Poch" will surely make changes to his side. Only Danny Rose and Harry Winks were listed as injured for this game, so perhaps Kyle Walker-Peters will get an outing at left back. Serge Aurier probably plays on the other side, and it would be good to see Toby Alderweireld get a start. We're all hoping for Lucas Moura to start this one. He certainly deserves it after an exciting display when he came on against City after 73 minutes on Saturday. I am predicting a 2-0 win for Spurs.

We've seen as much of referee Kevin Friend as any other referee this season, but tomorrow he will be the first man in the middle to take charge of six Spurs games this season. This is partly because he had to step up for the injured Mike Jones when we hosted Huddersfield last month. Mr Friend then had charge of our 3-0 FA Cup win at Swansea. We've won four (and drawn one) of the five games with Mr. Friend in charge this season. He is an official who likes to let the game flow if possible.

Please note that due to my travel arrangements, my match report will not be posted before Wednesday afternoon. Let's hope it's a good one!

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