Brighton vs Tottenham is now only a matter of hours away, so we spoke to friend of The Spurs Web, Charlie Haffenden, to compare our score predictions.
As the founder of BHA Today, a LetsTalkBHAFC podcaster, and a freelance journalist, Charlie is perfectly placed to give us the Brighton state of play.
Here’s what he had to say about the game:
Both Spurs and Brighton have been in very similar form in recent weeks having each picked 10 points out of the last 15 available – and both have had similar oppositions in that period, too.
It’d be great to see Brighton pull off a victory at the Amex – especially by a two-goal cushion as that would put them above Spurs on goal difference – but I think that may be slightly optimistic.
I think it will be a very end-to-end game with plenty of high-quality chances – most of which are likely to come from both managers having an obsession with wing-backs bombing forward.
Whoever wins the battles between the likes of Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon/Matt Doherty, Pervis Estupiñán and Jöel Veltman could really make the difference. WIth such a high quantity of chances, it’ll also be key as to which goalkeeper has the better performance.
Roberto De Zerbi absolutely loves throwing as many players forward as possible on attacks, and he’s also very fond of a high counter-press. If Spurs can win the ball back quickly and/or Albion give the ball away cheaply, we could see a lot of counter-attacking opportunities for the likes of Son and Kane.
Because of that, I can see Tottenham grabbing a couple of goals – but equally, I think Spurs have been rather leaky of late and could concede some themselves. We’ve seen just how clinical Leandro Trossard, Pascal Gross and Alexis Mac Allister have been this season, and I could see some goals heading their way once again.
With all of this in mind, I think we will see an action-packed score draw at the Amex on Saturday. More specifically – I reckon the clash will end 2-2. We might even see Brighton first on Match of the Day, and trust me, that’s a rarity!
Score prediction 2-2
And here’s what we think at The Spurs Web…
It’s certainly an interesting match with Brighton and Tottenham so closely matched in the table. Fourth plays third. If Brighton had won their game in hand, both teams would be on the same points and possibly even the same goal difference.
The interesting dynamic for me is going to be Brighton’s attack vs Tottenham’s break. The Seagulls tend to pour forward when they have extended possession, which is why they have been so devastating this season… but that’s kind of what Conte loves.
If Spurs can turn over possession and hit Brighton on the break, then you would back Harry Kane and Heung-min Son to do some damage. For that reason, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Conte name a midfield three today to put emphasis on winning the ball back in dangerous areas.
My head is telling me that anything but a perfect performance from Tottenham could end in dropped points, but my heart is saying the Lilywhites will be dangerous enough on the break to come from behind and secure a 2-1 victory.
Score prediction: 1-2
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