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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Brighton, 10.02.24

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Brighton
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           6   5   0   1    9 -  4  15
Away           7   3   1   3    8 - 10  10
Total(Prem)   13   8   1   4   17 - 14  25  1.92 Pts per game
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)   13   8   1   4   17 - 14  25
Total(Div 1)   8   5   1   2   14 -  7  13
Total(Div 2)   2   0   1   1    1 -  3   1   
Grand Total   23  13   3   7   32 - 24  39

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs       -     WLWDWD
Spurs      2-1    Everton
Brighton   4-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    B'mouth
Man Utd    2-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-2    Brentford
Everton    2-2    Spurs

Brighton       -     DWDDLW

C. Palace  1-1    Brighton
Brighton   4-2    Spurs
West Ham   0-0    Brighton
Brighton   0-0    Wolves
Luton      4-0    Brighton
Brighton   4-1    C. Palace

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. Spurs     23 13  5  5  49-35  14   44
8. Brighton  23  9  8  6  42-38   4   35

Which Brighton team will turn up on Saturday?

Welcome to N17

Brighton have lost 4-0 at Luton and won "The M23" derby 4-1 in their last two games, so the question is which team will turn up at Tottenham on Saturday?

Bearing in mind we lost 4-2 at The Amex on December 28th, we have every reason to be concerned about Roberto de Zerbi's team.

This season's away game was the first time either team have scored four goals in the 28 meetings between the clubs in league and cup competitions since 1977. The total of 6 goals scored was also the highest number of goals scored in any of those games. Our first meeting was a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane in November 1977. We had previously only met Brighton in Southern League matches before our appointment to the Football League in 1908.

Here are the Brighton line-ups for their 4-2 win against Spurs, their loss to Luton and the win against Crystal Palace:-

v Spurs - Steele; Hinshelwood, Van Hecke, Dunk (Capt.), Igor (sub Estupinan, 46); Gross, Gilmour, Milner (sub Moder, 69); Buonanotte (sub Baleba, 59); Welbeck (sub Ferguson, 69), Joao Pedro (sub Lallana, 90+3) - Scorers:- Hinshelwood, Joao Pedro (2 pens), Estupinan.

v Luton - Steele; Van Hecke, Dunk, Igor; Milner (sub Hinshelwood, 20), Gross, Gilmour (sub Baleba, 61), Estupinan (sub Lamptey, 46); Buonanotte (sub Ferguson, 46), Joao Pedro (sub Moder, 71), Welbeck.

v Crystal Palace - Steele; Van Hecke, Dunk, Igor (sub Ansu Fati, 88); Hinshelwood, Gross, Gilmour, Lamptey (sub Estupinan, 80); Buonanotte (sub Baleba, 79), Joao Pedro (sub Lallana, 88), Ferguson (sub Welbeck, 69) - Scorers:- Dunk, Hinshelwood, Buonanotte, Joao Pedro.

The "Seagulls" also scored 5 against Sheffield United in the FA Cup (Buonanotte, Joao Pedro (3-2 pens), Welbeck).

Joao Pedro has scored 18 goals in all competitions which include 10 penalties, four of which have been in the league. Spurs need to be extra careful in their penalty area, I suspect. Our one and only penalty goal was against Newcastle in December!

That penalty was scored by Son Heung-min who has returned at last after Asian Cup duties with South Korea, who surprisingly lost to Jordan in Tuesday's semi-final. "Sonny"'s last game, and goal for Spurs was on New Year's Eve against Bournemouth. Despite his absence, Son is still only two goals behind the Premier League's top scorers Haaland and Salah. Son has 12 league goals to his name.

Yves Bissouma's Mali were also eliminated from the African Cup of Nations last weekend. There have been reports that Bissouma played while suffering from Malaria. He and Son will have full assessments before a return to the squad.

Spurs are on a club record run of scoring in 35 successive Premier League fixtures and are the only English top-flight side to have registered a goal in every game this season.

However, Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 league matches, conceding 27 goals in total.

Richarlison has scored nine goals in eight Premier League appearances, having only managed two in his first 39 matches in the top flight for Spurs. Richarlison has been nominated for Premier League player of the month for January, having scored in both the league games we played. Richarlison is now the 21st player in our history to have scored 10+ goals for Spurs in a single Premier League campaign and he is the second Brazilian to do so after Lucas Moura's return of 10 in 2018/19.

Spurs have earned 30 points from the 13 league games in which James Maddison has played this season, in contrast to 14 points from the 10 matches he has missed.

Brighton, whose FA Cup and Europa League campaigns continue have scored four or more goals in 4 of their last seven games and none in their other three games. The last time we scored four was in that Newcastle game in December. We also scored 5 goals at Burnley in September.

Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma was involved in the Asia Cup with Japan and may be involved in Saturday's game. Solly March is a long-term absentee with a knee injury. Defender Joel Veltman has been missing since mid-December, also due to a knee injury, but has a 50/50 chance of being involved.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk scored in his 200th Premier League appearance for Brighton in our 2-1 home win last season. He was the first Brighton player to reach that landmark. Our goals were scored by Son and Kane. Brighton were bitter, having had had two thirds of the possession, twice as many shots as Spurs and two "goals" disallowed by VAR along with a strong penalty shout.

Beating Brighton will be tough for a Spurs side currently looking for its best form, but I have gone for a 2-1 home win. The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, which is quite a novelty!

James Milner moved ahead of Stanley Matthews and Alan Ball to become the ninth-highest appearance-maker in the top flight when he played for Brighton against Wolves in January. Milner recently overtook Steve Perryman, who is on 630 games, and Matthews and Ball on 632. Milner is now on 634. His next targets are Gareth Barry on 653, Mick Mills 660 and Ryan Giggs 672 (Giggs's Premier League-only figure of 632 can be ignored). Peter Shilton is top on 848.

Every season since 1933 has featured a league appearance by one of Matthews, John Hollins, Tony Adams, and Milner. The latter's longevity extends to internationals. Milner is the only player to have won 30 or more caps for both England and England Under-21, yet his figures are as high as 61 and 46 respectively.

Milner suffered a muscle injury against Luton and may not yet be available.

Thanks go to Declan Mulcahy for the following information regarding Brighton's Jack Hinshelwood:-

Jack Hinshelwood who scored Brighton's first goal in the match at the Amex Stadium in December comes from a family of footballers. He is the fourth generation.

His great-grandfather Walter Alexander Alan (Wally) Hinshelwood was born in 1929 and died in 2018. He was a winger whose career began immediately after the Second World War and continued until 1961. He made a limited number of First Division appearances with Fulham and Chelsea. In March 1951 he was in the Chelsea team which lost 2-1 in the league at White Hart Lane. Between 1952 and 1959 he made a combined total of 283 league appearances for Reading and Bristol City scoring 47 goals.

Wally's son Paul was primarily a full back. He made 276 league appearances for Crystal Palace between 1973 and 1982 and was capped by England at the U-21 level. Palace only spent two seasons in the top division during his time there 1979-80 and 1980-81. He played six times against Spurs that including an FA Cup match and replay but was never on the winning side. In the 1980s he racked up another 185 league appearances between Oxford United, Millwall and Colchester United. He died in 2002.

Paul's brother Martin (Jack's great uncle) made 66 appearances for Palace until his career was ended by injury. He made some top flight appearances in 1972-73 but didn't play against Spurs.

Paul's son Adam (Jack's father) a defender, made 99 league appearances for Brighton between 2002 and 2008. Adam's sole appearance against Spurs came on Saturday 8 January 2005 in an FA Cup Third Round match at White Hart Lane which Spurs won 2-1. He played at right back but didn't merit a mention in the Spurs Odyssey match report or in any of the daily newspaper reports.

Jack is thus the fourth generation Hinshelwood to have played against Spurs and the first to score a goal or appear on the winning team. For good measure, Hinshelwood scored one of Brighton's goals against Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Sam Barrott is our match referee for just the second time, having been in the middle for our FA Cup win over Burnley last month. This will be Mr. Barrott's 11th Premier League game of the season.

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