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Tottenham and Brighton fell to defeats to Chelsea and Sheffield United respectively last weekend, and it could be an intense battle as they both seek to bounce back to winning ways here.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Thursday, 26th December
Kick-off: 13:30 UK time
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV Channel: Amazon Prime

Jose Mourinho and Tottenham were offered somewhat of a reality-check when they went down 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday, no thanks to a first half brace from Willian. The loss came after they had recorded wins over Burnley and Wolves, and were expected to pose a big threat to the Blues.

But once Willian struck inside the opening 12 minutes here and added another from the spot just before the break, there was a sense the game have gotten away from the Lillywhites, and rightly so. Son’s Heung-Min’s dismissal made things difficult for the hosts and racist chants from a section of the Spurs supporters contrived to mar the game.

Mourinho will now miss the services of one of his key players who will be out until the new year and will hope they get their rhythm back when Brighton come calling on Boxing Day.

The Sea gulls themselves, lost 1-0 to Sheffield but will have the VAR and poor finishing from their opponents to thank as the scoreline clearly flattered them. Twice did their opposition saw goals ruled out by the video technology in that loss, and then David McGoldrick could only find the side-netting after rounding Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan and setting up himself for what had looked an easy finish.

They beat Tottenham 3-0 in the reverse fixture, but Spurs are far cry from the pre-Mourinho era, and could go all out for a revenge mission against their rivals who have won only once in their last seven league games.

Team news


Son will sit out the first of his three-match ban for the hosts here, in what will leave Mourinho with a big decision to make.

Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are all still listed as out.


The duo of Jose Izquierdo and Solly March are not available for selection for the trip to North London.

Head to head

Tottenham have won eleven of the last nineteen competitive meetings against Brighton, with the Sea gulls managing four wins.
Four had ended as draws, but none in their last most recent three.

Match stats

Tottenham are unbeaten in six of their last eight Premier League games.

Brighton have conceded at least once in all of their last seven league games.

Team form

Tottenham are better placed to bounce back from the damaging defeat at Chelsea here, having lost just their second league game since Mourinho took over the reins. Tottenham’s last five league games(WLWWL)

Brighton are now winless in six of their last seven league games, losing four games in that streak, and the latest to Sheffield came at the worst possible moment. Brighton’s last five league game(LWDDL)

Betting preview

Spurs will be desperate to deliver on promise after last week’s loss to Chelsea, so there is every likelihood they ‘d nick a victory here. A price of 19/10 for a home win/both teams to score makes sense but you can always back a result of over 2.5 at 8/13 to emerge from this game.

The absence of Son could create a vacuum upfront Tottenham, but can as well thrust some goalscoring responsibilities on a player like Dele Alli. The England international has not scored in his last three outings but can be backed to end his drought here anytime at 6/4.

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