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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           1   0   1   0    1 -  1   1
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Total(Prem)    2   1   1   0    3 -  1   4
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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)    2   1   1   0    3 -  1   4
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   12   6   3   3   18 -  9  18
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Brighton   -    LLWLDD

Liverpool  4-0    Brighton
Watford    2-0    Brighton
Brighton   3-2    Man Utd
Liverpool  1-0    Brighton
Brighton   2-2    Fulham
S'hampton  2-2    Brighton

Spurs      -    WWWWLL
           
Spurs      5-4    Leicester
Newcastle  1-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Fulham
Man Utd    0-3    Spurs
Watford    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Liverpool

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs     5  3  0  2  10-6    4    9
14. Brighton  5  1  2  2   7-9   -2    5

Can we reach the apex at The AMEX?

Spurs travel to The AMEX Stadium tomorrow in search of their first win in the month of September after their worst run of three consecutive defeats under Mauricio Pochettino. The big question is can we be at our best and get that first and much-needed win tomorrow?

The team news indicates that both Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko have returned to training and that they will be assessed today to consider their match fitness. Dele's artistry will surely be desirable for at least some part of the game, as Spurs' creative juices have dried up of late. Hugo Lloris's rehabilitation continues and Mauricio hopes he will be available for Huddersfield next week.

Both clubs have something in common, and that is apart from the presence of the much admired, and much respected Brighton manager Chris Hughton! Both have beaten Jose Mourinho's Manchester United already this season. Brighton's win came in front of their exuberant crowd, when the post-mortem on United's performance and in particular central defenders Bailly and Lindelof lasted ages. Only a late added time goal for United made the margin of Brighton's win so narrow. Veteran striker Glenn Murray scored Brighton's first and Duffy quickly made it 2-0. Both players scored in Monday night's come-back at St Mary's when they drew 2-2 at Southampton. In their previous game "The Seagulls" came back from 2-0 down at home to Fulham. Their resilience and determination is well known, as experienced by Spurs in last season's game played in April when Harry Kane gave us an early second half lead, which was quickly neutralised from the penalty spot by Pascal Gross.

Gross scored from the penalty spot to secure Brighton's win over Manchester United, but he will be absent tomorrow with an ankle injury. Florin Andone (groin) and Jose Izquierdo (knee)could be available for Hughton tomorrow after their recent injuries.

Andone was one of no less than 16 players signed by Hughton at various levels in the summer. he is a Romanian attacking player, signed from Deportivo and has yet to feature this season. Other signings included former Spurs reserve keeper David Button, who in recent years enjoyed Championship success with Brentford and Fulham. Another goalkeeper signing was Jason Steele from Sunderland, but both will be understudies to Australian International keeper Mathew Ryan.

Full back Martin Montoya has played 90 minutes in Brighton's last four Premier League games. Leon Balogun, who played for Nigeria in this summer's World Cup has played once so far this season. Midfielder Yves Bissouma has featured in 5 games, including Brighton's League Cup defeat to Southampton. Despite all the signings, the Brighton teams bears a familiar look with Ryan, Bong, Duffy, Knockaert, Stephens, March, Propper and Murray starting all five Premier League games played to date.

Another World Cup star - Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh - was signed for a club record 20 million fee. He played for AZ Alkmaar in the last three seasons and in all three of Iran's World Cup games in Russia. Jahanbakhsh has featured as a substitute in all but one of Brighton's games this season.

Both travelling to The AMEX and playing there is difficult for the fans and the team. All sorts of worries have been provoked by the absence of Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier from Milan for Tuesday night's game, but I am assuming they were simply rested and that they will feature tomorrow. Spurs will need to be inspired and determined to get the positive result they need. I am predicting us to edge this game, and win by two goals to one.

On 19th August, when Brighton played their first home game this season against Manchester United, one of the two players they commemorated before the game was Jimmy Collins, who died in July, aged 80. Collins spent five seasons with Brighton making 199 appearances, plus two as substitute, but he had started his career with Spurs, who he joined in June 1956 as an 18 year old. Jimmy played in John White's position at the beginning and end of the 1961-62 season when we were defending Football League Champions (and FA Cup holders, of course).

Jimmy's only two first team games for Spurs were at home, against West Ham (2-2) and West Brom (1-2).

Other players to have played for both clubs include Mel Hopkins, Bobby Smith, Phil Beal, Joe Kinnear, Martin Chivers, Neil McNab, Gerry Armstrong, Gary Stevens, and more recently Bobby Zamora.

Match referee Chris Kavanagh is relatively new to the Premier League, having been appointed to Select Group 1 last season. Mr Kavanagh has never before taken charge of a Tottenham game, but he was our fourth official three times last season. Mr Kavanagh is 33 years old, where as tomorrow's fourth official Mike Dean is longer in the tooth, and of course the most experienced Premier League referee!

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - on 23rd September 1998, Spurs were less than convincing when beating Brentford 3-2 in the second leg of a League Cup tie.

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