After an embarrassing night for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in midweek, it will be interesting to see how they respond when they travel to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. Fans can watch the game on BT Sport.
Spurs suffered a 7-2 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League to become the first English club to concede seven goals in any European competition. With stories of unrest in the dressing room and pressure mounting on Mauricio Pochettino, they now have the chance to bounce back and get their Premier League campaign back on track.
The hosts are also desperate for the points having not won since a 3-0 victory at Watford on the opening day of the Premier League season. With two sides under pressure for different reasons, this could become an edgy affair, or a very open game – but one certainly to look forward to.
Following Brighton’s 3-0 win at Watford in August, they have gone on to draw three and lose three of their next six games, scoring just twice in that run and conceding 10 goals. They currently sit one-point above the relegation zone and in their three home games in the Premier League so far this term, the Seagulls have drawn 1-1 with West Ham, lost 2-0 to Southampton, before drawing 1-1 again when hosting Burnley.
Tottenham have had a very inconsistent start to their campaign and after reaching last seasons Champions League final, and finishing third in the Premier League, there were real hopes that Spurs could mount a challenge for the title this term – but they have failed to put a run of wins together to properly kick their season into gear.
On the road they are still looking for their first win in all competitions having drawn 2-2 at Manchester City and Arsenal, before losing 2-1 at Leicester in the league. They have also drawn 2-2 at Olympiakos having lost a two-goal lead in the Champions League and were dumped out of the League Cup on penalties by League Two Colchester.
Their away form makes for grim reading in the Premier League alone, as they have now not won any of their last nine league fixtures on the road, drawing two and losing seven, failing to keep one clean sheet on that dismal run.
Spurs then hit a real low on Tuesday night when Bayern Munich put seven past them in their first home UCL game of their European campaign, with the side looking void of ideas and their confidence will have taken a kicking.
Harry Kane has chipped in with five goals from seven appearances this season, whilst Heung-Min Son, Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela have each scored twice – so there are goals in the team – but they are just not doing it away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
One statistic that Spurs can take comfort from ahead of Saturday’s game is that Brighton have not beaten them in league or cup football since the turn of the century, with one draw and Spurs winning the other five encounters.
If Spurs can get an early goal, Tuesday nights humiliation could well be forgotten, but it could also be a very tense affair with all eyes on the response of the visitors. With Harry Kane in your side, you always have a chance and Spurs might just snatch a close win thanks to the prolific England forward.