Tottenham v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2017
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Brighton are the next visitors to Wembley for Tottenham, after Mauricio Pochettino’s side demolished Stoke at the national stadium on Saturday. The title may have gone now for Spurs, but they’re still heavy favourites for this one.
There hasn’t been too many games between these two in recent seasons, although they did meet in the League Cup three years ago. Goals from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane gave Tottenham the win that day. Spurs also knocked Brighton out of the FA Cup in 2005, while the last league meeting was back in 1983, a game the Seagulls won.
Davinson Sanchez misses this game for Tottenham as he serves the second match of his suspension. In the absence of Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier is likely to start at centre back in a back four alongside Jan Vertonghen, as he did against Stoke at the weekend. Victor Wanyama misses out with a knee injury, although Erik Lamela played for over 20 minutes on Saturday as he continues his comeback.
For the visitors, Gaetan Bong is a slight doubt after missing Saturday’s defeat at Huddersfield with a knock. Markus Suttner will continue at left back if the Cameroon international fails to make it. Steve Sidwell continues his recovery from a back injury that’s kept the veteran midfielder out all season so far.
Tottenham v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Although it looks impossible for Tottenham to catch Manchester City who are now 18 points above them, Pochettino’s side still have the Champions League places to play for. It could be difficult for some of their players to stay motivated, although with goal-hungry Kane leading the line we’re likely to see three more points added to Spurs’ tally at Wembley against Brighton.
Tottenham certainly didn’t look like a team lacking motivation as they dismantled Stoke at the weekend, and there’s now the added incentive of a Champions League knockout tie with Juventus to play for. There’s hardly any pressure on Spurs now compared to recent seasons, which could mean they continue to play with the freedom that they showed on Saturday. If they do, we could be on for another big score against Chris Hughton’s side.
Brighton have previous for conceding goals, having shipped five against Liverpool recently. They did however push Manchester United all the way at Old Trafford, perhaps undeservedly losing 1-0. The Seagulls are now without a win in their last five games though, and are in danger of getting sucked into a relegation battle after their impressive start to the campaign.
Spurs go into this clash as heavy favourites with the bookmakers, priced at 1/4. Brighton are available at 14/1 while it’s 6/1 for the draw.
Kane to score and Tottenham to win at 5/6
You’ll need to be a bit more creative with your bets to get value out of the home win, and backing Kane to find the net’s a good place to start. The striker’s also priced at 9/4 to score first.
Tottenham to win to nil at 10/11
This is another good way to enhance your odds on a Spurs win. A 4-0 home win’s priced at 13/1, while this increases to 25/1 with Kane as the first scorer.