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Everything on... Brighton

All you need to know about tonight's visitors

Tue 23 April 2019, 12:30|Tottenham Hotspur

It's in our hands to secure third place in the Premier League and tonight we face another important game in that fight as we welcome Brighton to the new stadium (7.45pm).

We'll be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, but a tough test is in store against the Seagulls as they're up against it in their battle for survival.

Here’s everything you need to know about our opponents this evening…

Team news

Midfielder Davy Pröpper will be unavailable for the visitors tonight after he was forced off with a hamstring injury in their 0-0 draw with Wolves on Saturday.

Anthony Knockaert will also miss the game as he serves the last of a three-match ban.

One to watch

Local lad Solly March has been almost ever-present in the Seagulls' side this season, as he has continued to develop his talents in the top flight.

Having progressed through the Brighton academy ranks, the left-sided midfielder made his debut for the south-coast outfit as a 19-year-old in a 1-1 draw with Derby in 2013, and he has since continued to progress on the pitch, just like his team.

After an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League last year, where he missed only two games, the 24-year-old has again kicked on this term, helping Chris Hughton’s side reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Last five meetings

22 September, 2018 – Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Spurs – Premier League
17 April, 2018 – Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Spurs – Premier League
13 December, 2017 – Spurs 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion – Premier League
29 October, 2014 – Spurs 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion – League Cup, fourth round
8 January, 2005 – Spurs 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – FA Cup third round

Previous clash

Having suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League back in September, we managed to return to winning ways at the Amex Stadium.

A first-half penalty from Harry Kane set us on our way on a rainy Saturday evening on the south coast before a brilliant team move on 76 minutes saw the in-form Erik Lamela double our advantage.

That goal would prove crucial as, in added time, the hosts reduced our lead through Knockaert, but we held on to seal all three points.

Brighton’s form

The Seagulls put an end to a run of five back-to-back defeats in all competitions on Saturday as they secured a 0-0 draw with Wolves at Molineux.

That disappointing run of form has seen Hughton's men slip to just one place above the relegation zone, with Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City hot on their heels - just three points separate the two teams.

Magic moment

Robbie Keane struck a superb volley in the dying minutes of our FA Cup clash with the Seagulls back in 2005 to send us through to the fourth round of the famous competition.

Ledley King had given us the lead on 40 minutes at White Hart Lane as he looped in his header from Reto Ziegler’s cross but moments after the break, the visitors were level through Richard Carpenter.

It had been a valiant fightback by the then-Championship outfit, but we would find our way past them with a cracker from Keano.

As the ball was chipped hopefully towards the box with just seven minutes remaining, the Irishman, who had his back to goal, had the skill and the power to chest the ball down before pivoting on the spot to smash home a spectacular volley from 20 yards, sending us through to the next round.

Played for both

Arriving at White Hart Lane as a 22-year-old, Bobby Zamora, having spent the previous three seasons with Brighton, would spend just a single campaign with us before moving to West Ham United.

Beginning his professional career with Bristol Rovers, Zamora initially joined the Seagulls on loan in 2000 but that move was quickly made permanent and he enjoyed two promotion successes with them, helping them climb out of the Football League’s bottom tier and into what is now the Championship.

His performances in blue and white earned him a move to north London but it would be a short stay for the forward as he would struggle to secure a regular spot in our side. He scored just one goal in his 18 appearances for us – that coming in our 1-0 win over West Ham in the League Cup.

After that disappointing campaign, the Hammers would be his next destination where he would help them return to the Premier League via the play-offs - a feat he would later repeat with QPR in 2014, scoring a last-minute winner at Wembley against Derby County.

Between 2008 and 2012, Zamora also had a successful time at Fulham, helping them to the Europa League final in 2010, before he finished his career in 2016 back at Brighton.

What they’re saying

Speaking to members of the media in his pre-match press conference, Brighton boss and Spurs legend Hughton admitted his side’s current schedule and plight will have to come into consideration ahead of his team selection for tonight’s clash.

“You always have to find the right balances. We have three games in seven days again this week - it was a big shift from the side at the weekend, it was quite an emotional game too with the reaction,” he explained.

“The game with Newcastle United will be our fifth in a fortnight and you have to take it all into consideration when fielding a team that is capable of getting something from the match.

“There’s a lot at stake at this stage of the season and ultimately at the end it’s about getting enough points to stay here – teams will do it in different ways.

“Some clubs can play free-flowing football with plenty of attacking options and there’s a level of clubs where it’s going to be a fight – we are one of those sides. For a part of the season we got wins whilst not playing so well - we are still out of the bottom three with a good goal difference.”