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We have to play well, we have to be smart, we have to be aggressive, we have to be lucky, all the things you need to win a Premier League game. It’s an opportunity for us, we are very positive. Apart from the 0-0 result, we were the better team against Fulham. We are playing against a top opponent.
Harry individually is irreplaceable, but we have good attacking players and tonight we play with three of them and hopefully they can play well. [Brighton are] always tough. They are one team you look at the table and you think the table can be fake because they are much better than where they are.
Has been out for 21 months and has never played for Graham Potter but is back tonight:
And now for those of you watching in black and white
Brighton and Hove Albion Sanchez; White, Dunk, Webster; Veltman, Gross, Bissouma, Mac Allister, March; Maupay, Trossard.
Substitutes Connolly, Lallana, Moder, Alzate, Izquierdo, Tau, Zeqiri, Walton, Burn.
Tottenham Hotspur Lloris; Rodon, Alderweireld, Sanchez; Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Davies; Bale, Bergwijn; Son.
Substitutes Doherty, Winks, Lamela, Hart, Dier, Tanganga, Lucas Moura, Vinicius, Devine.
Referee Peter Bankes (Merseyside)
And welcome to coverage of the last of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures between those former Dolphins, Brighton and Hove Albion, who begin the match in 17th, four points above the relegation places, and Tottenham Hotspur in sixth.
Brighton beat Mauricio Pochettino’s team 3-0 on Spurs’ last visit to the Amex, by virtue of a goal from Neal Maupay and two from Aaron Connolly but it was their first victory for 36 years and they have lost their two subsequent meetings at the Tottenham Stadium 2-1. Spurs have won five and drawn three of their nine away games, losing only at Anfield, while Brighton have not won at home all season with six draws and four defeats their paltry return.
Tottenham, who had been on a five game unbeaten run in the league before Thursday’s 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, arrive without Harry Kane who, as if fouled by Neil Ruddock, has injured both ankles and there is unlikely to be a place in the squad for Serge Aurier who stropped off home after being substituted at half-time. Sergio Reguilon will be out for another three weeks while Giovani Lo Celso is out for an indeterminate spell with his thigh injury.
Brighton’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Danny Welbeck, Tariq Lampteey, Florin Andone and Jose Iziquierdo have all been ruled out for a couple more weeks and it’s likely that Graham Potter will revert to 3-4-2-1 rather than the 3-5-2 he tried against Fulham in what turned out to be a 0-0 draw.
Jose Mourinho thinks his team is better equipped than in the past to thrive in the absence of Kane. “Of course we have Carlos Vinicius, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela, Gareth Bale and if I forgot anyone, I apologise for that,” he said on Friday.
“Of course it’s a different situation, because we have attacking players.”
He also confirmed that Joe Rodon will start despite his error which made a gift of a goal to Sadio Mane. “Next game he plays for sure,” Mourinho said. “Against Liverpool he showed good personality, good concentration, was good on the ball.
“First half building well and going for duels. Not a coward for not to assume the duels, a brave boy to go for every duel, even against difficult opponents like they are.
“For me his performance was very, very good, very solid. He made one mistake. Unlucky that it leads to their third goal, the goal that basically kills the game.
“When I have a player who makes one mistake, it doesn’t matter how big the mistake was, but completely out of the context of a very good, solid performance I only have to support the player and protect the player and the best way to do that is to play the next game for sure.”
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