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Tottenham vs. Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

24 December 2019

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Tottenham vs. Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

This Premier League Boxing Day fixture sees a revitalised Tottenham play host to Brighton in the day’s early kick-off. Jose Mourinho has certainly brought some festive cheer to Spurs since arriving in north London, while the Seagulls are starting to fly under Graham Potter.

Past Meetings

Brighton eased to an excellent 3-0 victory over Tottenham when the teams met at the Amex Stadium in October, with Hugo Lloris’s howler kick-starting proceedings in the opening few minutes. Spurs won both meetings between the sides last season though, and are unbeaten against the Seagulls since 1983, although the clubs have only played each other on seven occasions in that time.

Team News

Spurs goalkeeper Lloris is still out with the dislocated elbow he suffered when these teams last met, while back-up stopper Michel Vorm is also out. Paulo Gazzaniga will continue between the sticks, while Tanguy Ndombele is a doubt with a groin strain. Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are both also injured.

Aaron Connolly, who scored a brace against Tottenham earlier in the campaign, should be fit for this game after a dead leg. Jose Izquierdo is out until February as a knee injury continues to keep him on the sidelines, whereas Solomon March is expected back early in the new year following a groin problem.

Tottenham vs. Brighton Preview and Predictions

It’s been so far so good for Brighton in December, with the Seagulls beating Arsenal away before respectable draws at home to Wolves and away to Crystal Palace. After the visit of Sheffield United on Saturday, it’s a tough hop up to the capital on Boxing Day though, with Tottenham full of life once more under Mourinho.

Spurs have looked back to themselves under their new manager, although Sunday’s fixture against rivals Chelsea’s another test of their mettle. Last season’s Champions League finalists showed the character that took them to that showpiece away to Wolves last weekend, as Jan Vertonghen’s 91st-minute strike sealed all three points for the visitors.

With Dele Alli back in form and Spurs very much on the goal trail since Mourinho took charge, the toils of Mauricio Pochettino’s last few months in charge appear to have largely vanished. Tottenham have the attacking weaponry to hurt Brighton both in possession and on the break, with the Seagulls expected to stick to their ever-improving passing game.

Potter’s side lost three in a row to Manchester United, Leicester City and Liverpool last month though, and despite patches of good football in those games, their poor run against the top sides is expected to continue here. Tottenham are the strong favourites for the win at 1.45, while Brighton are 7.00 and the draw is 4.60.

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Tottenham to win and BTTS at 2.65

Brighton scored at both Anfield and Old Trafford in their defeats to Liverpool and United last month, while Spurs have conceded more than a goal a game so far under Mourinho.

Tottenham to win 3-1 at 12.25

Spurs have also been rattling in the goals in recent weeks though, especially at home, so this scoreline could be worth a look if you’re looking to back the exact result here.

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