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Apr 16, 2018, 08:47 PM Last Edit: Apr 16, 2018, 09:45 PM by Harry85
Match Day 35
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur
Wednesday, April 16th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: American Express Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion: 
Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.94
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (12)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.97
Average goals against per match: 0.91
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (25)

Thirteenth plays fourth at the Amex this week as Tottenham Hotspur travel to the South Coast to take on Brighton and Hove Albion.

With neither Southampton nor Stoke City threatening to come with a late surge as yet, Brighton will more than likely be ok on 35 points already on the board. They will nevertheless be keen to pick up another win sooner rather than later to all but confirm their Premier League status. Ending a five game winless streak against one of the top sides in the division will be no easy task though. The Seagulls will be without the unjured Steve Sidwell and suspended Davy Propper for this tie.

Tottenham's lead over Chelsea was cut to seven points following the weekend's fixtures. That's should still be a big enough cushion to ensure they hold on to fourth spot. They won't want things getting too nervy on the run in though and will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Man City here. Spurs are again without Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters for this tie.

Spurs had a bit of a sticky patch away from home in the middle of the season when losing to Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester in quick succession, but seem to be over that blip now. They arrive here unbeaten in eight on the road including wins in their last four. The better side, with slightly more motivation, take Spurs to come out on top.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 8 - 16
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 36% - 64%

Just the one yellow card dished out by referee Mike Friend here, with Lewis Dunk seeing yellow for Brighton in the early stages.

As would be expected given the difference in League positions and playing personnel, it was the away side who came out on top in the key stats here. Brighton did exactly what they needed to do though, keeping their shape and maintaining their shape, and overall proved very tough for Spurs to break down.

The majority of the opening period went by without a real clear cut scoring chance for either side, until the very last kick of the half. Harry Kane setting up Heung-Min Son in the box, but keeper Matt Ryan getting down really well to the bottom corner to keep Brighton's clean sheet intact.

It didn't last long into the scond half though. Haitanm Bong guilty of over-elaboration just outside his own box in the 48th minute and allowing Min to race along the byline and drawing the keeper before setting up Harry Kane with an open goal around eight yards out. Bruno got something on Kane's strike but in it went 0-1.

Spurs held on to their lead for all of 18 seconds before giving away a penalty. A clever ball by Glenn Murray freeing Jose Izquierdo in the box, a clumsy challenge from behind and the referee pointed to the spot. Pascal Gross stepping up to power an effort into the bottom corner, although Hugo Lloris did get a hand to it.

And that's the way it stayed as the Seagulls battled to a draw.

A rock solid home point for Brighton against one of the Premier League big boys. They remain 13th but now sit eight points above the relegation zone. Of the bottom eight sides they probably have the hardest run in, at least on paper, but their current points total may yet prove enough.

Eight points is also now the cushion Spurs hold over fifth placed Chelsea in the race for the Champions League, as Mauricio Pochettino's men remain fourth and two points  behind Liverpool.

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