Spurs aiming to continue excellent league form against a Brighton side desperate for points
Tottenham to win 2-0
Like most weeks, Jose Mourinho has been in the news yet again this week following their defeat in the Europa League to Royal Antwerp.
He made plenty of changes for that match, resting the likes of Kane and Son and his side came up short. Mourinho made it perfectly clear that his backup players are not in the same class as his first team.
That being said, his first team are flying at the moment, rising from losing their first two matches of the season to now sit 5th in the league after some excellent results since.
Brighton have played well but have only one win to show for it.
They have scored in all but one of their matches, and were unlucky to come away with nothing from their game against Man United, but even so, they are in danger of being dragged into a relegation fight if they do not improve soon.
There is little chance of that here.
Form Guide (all comps): WDWWL
Reasons to be cheerful:
Kane and Son go from strength to strength
Dier and Ndombele likely to be fit after missing out in midweek
Reasons to be fearful:
Mourinho criticising his players would not have gone down well
Brighton have caused plenty of problems this season
The biggest testament to the work which Mourinho is doing at Spurs is that they have the best goal difference in the league going into the weekend.
Having scored 16 goals and only letting in 8, Spurs have shown that they have adapted quickly to their manager’s tactics. It also helps that their two strikers are arguably the two best players in the league on current form.
With 13 goals and 10 assists between them, Kane and Son are on fire and there seems to be no sign of that slowing here.
Spurs will also welcome back Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele into the team – the pair were two of several first team players who sat out in midweek.
They must be careful of Brighton, but should have too much for them here.
Star Man – Son Heung-Min
Has scored beautiful goals, but his headed winner against Burnley last weekend was as important as any
Form Guide (all comps): LLLDD
Reasons to be cheerful
Played well to earn draws in last two matches
Have created enough chances to earn more points
Reasons to be fearful
Playing well for little reward can affect confidence
Only beaten Spurs once in 27 years
Despite their poor results this season, Brighton have only lost once in their past 10 league away games.
They could well have had more points on the board if they were given out for good performances alone.
Their play deserved at least a point if not three against Man United and they were seven minutes away from a victory against West Brom last weekend, before the Baggies equalised.
That being said, putting in good performances week after week with little reward can harm player confidence and with another tough game this weekend, it may not get any better.
Brighton will still be without captain Lewis Dunk, while forward Jahanbakhsh is out with a hamstring complaint.
They have the players to trouble Spurs, but can they keep them out at the other end? Not likely.
Star Man – Tariq Lamptey
The young full back has injected great pace and quality into this team, providing great play from the wing
Kane and Son are likely to combine in front of goal again
Spurs likely to score two or more goals
Brighton to score but lose the match
Brighton could find themselves dragged into a relegation battle if they are not careful, but their situation is unlikely to get any easier this weekend.
Facing Spurs’ attacking players is a task that one team will relish currently, and they are likely to cause damage to Brighton’s prospects this weekend.
Brighton have scored in the majority of their matches this season, and they could well do so again with the quality that they have.
But Spurs are favourites to gain three points here.
Tottenham to win 2-0