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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Brighton, 08.04.23

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Brighton
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           5   4   0   1    7 -  3  12
Away           6   3   1   2    6 -  6  10
Total(Prem)   11   7   1   3   13 -  9  22  Pts per game 2.0
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)   11   7   1   3   13 -  9  22
Total(Div 1)   8   5   1   2   14 -  7  13
Total(Div 2)   2   0   1   1    1 -  3   1   
Grand Total   21  12   3   6   28 - 19  36

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLWDD
Spurs      2-0    West Ham
Spurs      2-0    Chelsea
Wolves     1-0    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Nottm Fst
S'hampton  3-3    Spurs
Everton    1-1    Spurs

Brighton   -    LWDWDW

Brighton   0-1    Fulham
Brighton   4-0    West Ham
Leeds      2-2    Brighton
Brighton   1-0    C. Palace
Brighton   3-3    Brentford
B'mouth    0-2    Brighton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. Spurs     29 15  5  9  53-41  12   50
6. Brighton  27 13  7  7  51-34  17   46

It's a "six-pointer"!

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

The Spurs cockerel has well and truly come home to roost after midweek wins for Newcastle and Manchester United have left us in fifth place fighting against our form and the odds to try and reclaim a place in next season’s Champions League. Our opponents tomorrow can also lay claim to a place in the top four. They come to Tottenham exactly 6 months after our narrow win at The AMEX only four points behind us but with two games in hand. This is a real "six-pointer" and Spurs will need all the backing they can get from their disgruntled crowd. All is set for a humdinger of a game kicking off at 3pm.

When we played in October Spurs were in third place and Roberto De Zerbi’s "Seagulls" were only one place and three points behind us. Despite losing Graham Potter to Chelsea (and he has already been sacked), Brighton have thrived. They also lost Leandro Trossard to Arsenal in January, which does not seem to have affected their form and results. Trossard scored a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool the week before we met and scored two more goals for Brighton (against Man City and Chelsea) before he left for the team at the wrong end of Seven Sisters Road.

Brighton have certainly coped without the Belgian International. Among their excellent results since January were two wins over Liverpool. One was a 3-0 win in the league when Solly March scored twice. The other sent Liverpool out of the FA Cup in the fourth round and ended 2-1. Japanese International Kaoru Mitoma scored the late winner in that game in the middle of three consecutive games when he scored. Mitoma has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Brighton this season and is just one of a number of exciting players found by South coast side. Arsenal also coveted midfielder Moises Caicedo, but he stayed at The Amex. Caicedo went off ten minutes before the end of Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth with a foot injury but could be alright for tomorrow’s game.

Another of Brighton’s "finds" is 18-year-old striker Evan Ferguson, who was signed from Bohemians in January 2021. Ferguson scored with an accomplished finish at Bournemouth and has nine club goals to his name this season, including two against Grimsby in the FA Cup quarter-final. Brighton’s semi-final is against Manchester United in two weeks’ time and who would argue against their chances of reaching the FA Cup Final for the first time since 1983. That was Brighton’s only final in the competition and they broke well-known fan Des Lyman’s heart when they lost 4-0 to United in a replayed game.

Such is Brighton’s form that even Danny Welbeck has scored three goals so far this year. Like Spurs, Brighton have their own World Cup winner. Alexis Mac Allister played a prominent part in Argentina's World Cup campaign and gave the assist for Di Maria's goal in the Final, which was Argentina's second. Mac Allister, now 24, has a winner's medal. He was born in Santa Rosa Argentina and arrived at Brighton in 2019. Mac Allister's family is descended from Ireland, and he also has Scottish ancestry.

Brighton suffered another player setback when, on Monday 10th October, 2022, the shock news was announced that 24-year-old midfielder Enock Mwepu had been forced to retire due to a hereditary heart condition. Mwepu was signed in 2021 from Salzburg and had made 24 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals. Mwepu last appeared in Brighton’s 5-2 win over Leicester last September.

A lot of the credit for Brighton’s continuing progress (on and off the pitch) has to be attributed to Chief Executive Paul Barber, who was once a director at Spurs. When in post at Spurs, Mr. Barber willingly made himself available to ordinary fans who had problems on matchdays, at home and away. He went to Brighton via Vancouver Whitecaps, and I suspect Spurs have missed his friendly and approachable touch, not to mention his administrative expertise.

When we narrowly beat Brighton in October (Harry Kane scored our goal, of course) Spurs were mourning the loss of Gian Piero Ventrone. Antonio Conte’s tears for his former friend were plain to see, and he and Spurs were rarely the same afterwards.

Yves Bissouma was given only his second Premier League start for Spurs against his former team and he remains one of too many players unavailable tomorrow. Bentancur, Emerson Royal, Ben Davies, Sessegnon and Richarlison are all on that injured list with Bissouma. Richarlison will probably be available for Bournemouth next week. Lucas Moura is suspended for three games following his reckless challenge on Michael Keane at Goodison Park on Monday.

Brighton have never before experienced European football and they have the whiff of the continent in their nostrils. They are a team on the up and up and their morale is high. Spurs and their fans are used not just to European football, but also in recent years Champions League. It is not an entitlement, but sadly many fans regard the elite level as a requirement. The difference in the feelings of the two sets of fans could be palpable tomorrow.

Brighton (and our fans) will know our team, its formation and its style all too well. Whilst I fear a negative result, I am hoping for a home win and will predict a 2-1 scoreline.

Stuart Attwell is our referee for the 21st time in all, and for the third time this season. Both his previous games in charge this term were home wins – against Fulham and Chelsea. May the trend continue!

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