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    Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Tottenham v Brighton

    PREMIER LEAGUE

    Venue: Wembley Stadium
    Date: Wednesday 13th December 2017
    Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
    Referee: Robert Madley
    Assistants: Simon Bennett, Marc Perry
    Fourth official: Kevin Friend



    TEAM NEWS

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder Erik Lamela could make his first start in over a year after returning from a hip problem.

    Davinson Sanchez is suspended while long-term absentees Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama remain sidelined.

    Brighton have no fresh injury problems; Steve Sidwell, who is still out with a back problem, is their only absentee.

    Winger Anthony Knockaert could be recalled after being left out of the side that lost to Huddersfield.

    MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

    Simon Brotherton: "Tottenham have dropped more points than expected lately but Saturday's 5-1 thrashing of Stoke was an impressive way to get back on track.

    "Newly-promoted Brighton made a solid start to life in the Premier League but a few red flags are starting to appear with only one goal scored and a single point collected in the last four matches.

    "They've won away at both West Ham and Swansea (who are in the bottom three), but haven't managed to score a goal in five games on the road against teams above them in the table.

    "Spurs have dropped nine points at home already this season, but they'll be strongly fancied to collect three at Wembley in this one."



    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "When you spend a lot of energy in a competition like the Champions League, that situation can distract you form the focus of the Premier League, and you pay maybe.

    "Most important now is to focus on the Premier League and try to win some games because it's so important for us to finish in the top four."

    Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton: "I suppose it shows how well we have started in our levels, the fact that we've lost two on the bounce and we're looking at it as a difficult period.

    "In this division you've got to show that you accept what the division is, that you've learned from it, and you do your best in the next game."

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Tottenham have won four of their last five games against Brighton in all competitions.
    • However, Brighton won 2-1 in the most recent league meeting in 1983 - the Seagulls were relegated from Division One that season.
    • The sides last met in the League Cup in October 2014, with Spurs winning 2-0 at home courtesy of goals from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane.


    Tottenham

    • Spurs have earned just eight points from seven games but ended a four-match winless run in the Premier League by beating Stoke 5-1 on Saturday.
    • Mauricio Pochettino's side have dropped nine points in their first eight Premier League games at Wembley this season, as many as in their last 23 league games at White Hart Lane.
    • Tottenham's total of four league defeats this season is already as many as in the entirety of the previous campaign.
    • Harry Kane has scored 33 Premier League goals in 2017, only three behind Alan Shearer's record of 36 in a calendar year, set in 1995.
    • Son Heung-Min has been involved in nine goals in his last 11 appearances for Tottenham, scoring six and setting up three.


    Brighton

    • The Seagulls have failed to score a goal in the five away games they have played against sides currently above them in the league.
    • They have attempted fewer shots than any other side in the Premier League this season (135).
    • Brighton have failed to win on their three previous trips to Wembley - losing the FA Cup final to Manchester United 4-0 in a replay after a 2-2 draw, and losing the 1991 second tier play-off final 3-1 against Notts County.
    • They have conceded seven goals from corners, a league high.
    • Manager Chris Hughton made 398 appearances for Tottenham between 1979 and 1990, winning the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and the UEFA Cup in 1984.
    ● A 21-year-old man from Shoreham was arrested at the Amex stadium on suspicion of throwing a pie at Wilfried Zaha ●

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