Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 17th April 2018

Brighton’s first season in the Premier League is coming to a close and with 35 points already on the board, the Seagulls are close to securing their top flight status for another year. Chris Hughton’s men could do with at least one more win from their final five matches to make sure of this though. On Tuesday evening we will see if they can manage that against a Tottenham side who are on the cusp of a third consecutive top four finish.

Top Tips

Tottenham to win @ 4/9

Both teams to score @ 19/20

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Brighton & Hove Albion Form

It wasn’t too long ago that Brighton were enjoying a seven game unbeaten run but they’ve been finding life rather tougher since. Albion have only managed a single point from their last four league matches plus they were dumped out of the FA Cup quarter finals just prior to the international break. If this form continues there is a chance Brighton could have a very nervy final game or two of the season but their recent record isn’t quite as poor as it seems upon closer inspection.

Their last three matches have seem them denied points by a fantastic performances by the opposing goalkeeper. First was the 2-0 defeat to Leicester in which Kasper Schmeichel kept out a Glenn Murray penalty with the scoreline at 0-0. The following weekend and Seagulls were frustrated by a couple of superb stops by Jonas Lossl as they looked to find the winner that never came against Huddersfield. Most recently there was the derby against Crystal Palace. After fighting back from a disastrous start, Chris Hughton’s men piled on the pressure in the second half but were unable to trouble a commanding Wayne Hennessey.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion 14th April 2018 3-2 Loss
Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town 7th April 2018 1-1 Draw
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City 31st March 2018 0-2 Loss

Tottenham Hotspur Form

Spurs had won seven domestic matches on the bounce before Saturday’s clash with Manchester City but despite their superior form, they were once again outclassed by the league champions. It was not a typical Tottenham performance with the Londoners lacking in all areas of the pitch. They enjoyed a slightly better spell at the start of the second half but never looked like completing a comeback. Having also lost to Juventus at Wembley last month, Pochettino’s men have now lost back to back matches at their temporary home.

They’ve faced no such problems away from home lately however, even claiming a huge win against Chelsea at the start of the month. Pochettino’s troops went behind in the clash that had significant ‘top four’ implications but fought back in magnificent style to win 3-1. Things were far from as majestic against Stoke a week later but Tottenham found a way to claim all three points. After an appeal, Harry Kane was credited with what was the winning strike, the only goal he has to his name in his last six appearances.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur 14th April 2018 1-3 Loss
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur 7th April 2018 1-2 Win
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur 1st April 2018 1-3 Win

Head to Head Stats

Tottenham had a mishit Serge Aurier cross to thank for putting them in front the last time the two sides met. It was a cruel way for Brighton to concede as they had been repelling the Londoners convincingly prior to that point.

The win in December means Tottenham have won this fixture on the last three occasions. They did however lose during their last trip to Brighton, back in 1983.

13th Dec 2017 Tottenham 2 - 0 Brighton Tottenham Premier League
29th Oct 2014 Tottenham 2 - 0 Brighton Tottenham League Cup
8th Jan 2005 Tottenham 2 - 1 Brighton Tottenham FA Cup

Injuries & Suspensions

Brighton failed in their attempted to overturn the red card Davy Propper picked up against Huddersfield meaning he remains unavailable for selection. Toby Alderweireld is fit for Tottenham but is unlikely to play due to a rumoured contract dispute.

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Davy Propper - Suspended.
  • Steve Sidwell - Continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
  • Izzy Brown - Another long term absentee.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Danny Rose - Doubt for this match with a minor strain.
  • Harry Winks - Ankle problem rules him out.

Betting Tips

Three points here for Brighton would virtually secure their Premier League status but they come into this game as big underdogs, trading at 7/1 for the win.

Tottenham to win

Brighton have only lost four league games at home this season but three of them have come against all three meetings against teams in the top five. Not even the home crowd can make up for the difference in class between them and the strongest sides in the league. Tottenham don’t struggle on the road and their far superior squad depth will also make a big difference for this mid-week clash.

Both teams to score

Tottenham aren’t quite as solid at the back without Toby Alderweireld and as a result they’ve only managed two clean sheets in their last 10 away matches across all competitions. Brighton can take advantage of this as they’ve netted 13 times in their last six matches at the AMEX Stadium. Not a single clean sheet has come in this time though and Tottenham’s attacking riches should fare well against this Albion backline.

Harry Kane to score at anytime

He’s not the most in-form man at the moment but Kane is the type of striker who doesn’t suffer long droughts (outside of August of course). He’s a likely starter here and his teammates will be looking to supply him at every opportunity as he edges closer to his quest for another Golden Boot. His last four goals have all come on the road so back him to add to this season’s 25 league goal tally.

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