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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Brighton
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           2   2   0   0    3 -  0   6
Away           2   1   1   0    3 -  2   4
Total(Prem)    4   3   1   0    6 -  2  10
Football Lge   
Home(Div 1)    4   2   1   1    6 -  4   6
Away(Div 1)    4   3   0   1    8 -  3   7
Total(Div 1)   8   5   1   2   14 -  7  13
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   0   1   0    0 -  0   1
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    1 -  3   0
Total(Div 2)   2   0   1   1    1 -  3   1 
Total(Prem)    4   3   1   0    6 -  2  10
Total(Div 1)   8   5   1   2   14 -  7  13
Total(Div 2)   2   0   1   1    1 -  3   1   
Grand Total   14   8   3   3   21 - 10  22

Last Six Premier League results:-

Brighton   -    DLLDDL

Brighton   1-1    West Ham
Brighton   0-2    S'hampton
Man City   4-0    Brighton
Brighton   1-1    Burnley
Newcastle  0-0    Brighton
Chelsea    2-0    Brighton

Spurs      -    DLDWLW
Man City   2-2    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Newcastle
Arsenal    2-2    Spurs
Spurs      4-0    C. Palace
Leicester  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    S'hampton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs     7  3  2  2  14-9    5   11
16. Brighton  7  1  3  3   5-10  -5    6

Can Spurs get it together tomorrow?

The big question on everybody's lips will be "Can Spurs get it together" after Tuesday night's devastating defeat to Bayern Munich? It will be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino rings the changes for the trip to the South Coast. One definite change will be at right back, due to Serge Aurier's one match suspension after he collected two yellow cards within minutes of each other last Saturday against another South Coast team - Southampton.

Spurs did show great team spirit to come back and win that game, so they must channel that inner strength, and not Tuesday's self-destructive element in the face of a clinical Bayern attack. That vacancy at right back will be filled either by Kyle Walker-Peters, or Juan Foyth. Walker-Peters had a quite decent game at Colchester, and I think deserves the post. I fancy that Davinson Sanchez will replace either Toby Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen. A defensive overhaul might be complete with the insertion of Ben Davies for Danny Rose.

The only three certain starters in front of the defence for me would be Sissoko, Son and Kane. I also think that Lucas Moura deserves a start. We'll wait and see! I think we will bounce back, and predict a 2-0 win!

Following the last game of last season, Brighton announced the departure of Chris Hughton, much to the distress of Spurs fans who have the utmost respect for their former manager and the man who kept Brighton in the Premier League (just) for a third season. Home fans had only seen one league win in the 9 games played in 2019 until the end of the season, and bums on seats count to the executive of any football club. Those fans had only seen five league goals in those games too.

Former Swansea manager Graham Potter was announced as Brighton's new leader on May 20th - his 44th birthday. Potter had one season at Swansea, who finished 10th in the Championship. Potter's previous managerial experience had been with Swedish club Ostersund, where he spent 8 years.

Even now, with a new manager at the helm, Brighton's home fans have not seen a win since their team beat lowly Huddersfield 1-0 on March 2nd. The one league win Brighton have managed so far this season was on the opening day at Watford. The "Seagulls" other win this season was in the EFL Cup away to Bristol Rovers. They lost at home to Villa in the next round.

Some good things have been said about the new manager, including kind words from Pep Guardiola after City trounced Potter's side 4-0. Brighton kept out Chelsea last week until the second half, but I don't see too much improvement in this team so far.

Last year's away game against Brighton was played around the same time of the year on 22nd September. It was a Saturday evening game, and not lunchtime when we kick off the Premier League weekend tomorrow on BT SPORT. How the TV people love to make it difficult for some of us regarding our travel plans! Brighton's out of town stadium with a heavily in demand (free) train make arrival and departures difficult to say the least. I suppose you could always look for entertainment on the best slot sites while you wait. I can get to this game all the way from Chesterfield and be at home (hopefully) by 9pm. They've got nice cosy seats at the AMEX Stadium, but of course as away fans we won't be using those!

Regarding our last visit, our goals were scored by Harry Kane (from the penalty spot) and Erik Lamela. Brighton got a consolation goal in added time, scored by Anthony Knockaert, perhaps surprisingly sent to Fulham on loan this season. Knockaert clearly has Brighton in his heart because he was seen in the crowd last week at Stamford Bridge. Our game last year was played on the day that Chas Hodges passed away. Let's hope we can be saying "Gertcha" again this year.

There have been several changes in personnel under the new manager. At 36 Glenn Murray's playing days are clearly numbered although he has started three league games and come off the bench in three more. Murray's only goal so far came in that EFL Cup win at Bristol Rovers. 23 year old Neal Maupay was signed from Brentford for a reported 20 million and has two league goals to his name.

Huddersfield's Australian midfield star Aaron Mooy has been signed on loan but has been used frugally so far. Defender Adam Webster was also a 20 million signing from Bristol City. 6ft 7in tall Dan Burn spent some time on loan at Wigan last season, but has been ever present so far this season for Potter. Burn can be a nuisance in the opposition box as well. Other ever-presents in the Brighton Premier League line-up to date include goalkeeper Matty Ryan, centre-back Lewis Dunk, and midfielders Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross. Former Spur David Button (now 30) has been Ryan's back-up and played in Brighton's EFL games.

Surprisingly, we haven't seen match referee Jon Moss in the middle since we beat Arsenal 2-0 away last December in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. A similar result here would be good! Mr Moss was at The Etihad for Brighton's 4-0 defeat this season, but Brighton's home fans haven't seen this referee since they lost (also 4-0) at home to Chelsea in January 2018. Mr Moss first refereed a Spurs game just over 8 years ago now, when we beat Wigan away 2-1 with goals by Rafa van der Vaart and Gareth Bale. Happy Days!

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On 3rd October, 2009 Spurs were "Saved by the Croats" at Bolton. How times have changed. Note that Bolton's side included Fabrice Muamba.

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