Cristian Stellini will be looking for the first Tottenham win of the post-Antonio Conte era when they host high-flying Brighton Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at 14:00 GMT.
Tottenham moved back into the top four above Manchester United on goal difference after they picked up a point away to Everton on Monday. They will be looking to fortify their position inside the top four when they host the seagulls on Saturday.
Roberto De Zerbi and his Brighton charges are just four points behind Tottenham on the table and outside the top four. They are in with a shout among the teams looking to finish inside the top four.
Brighton will be looking to cut the gap to Tottenham down to just a point with a win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham’s Inconsistent Form
Tottenham have won just two matches out of their last five outings in the league. They have lost once and drawn two times. They are winless in their last two matches, which have ended in draws – against Southampton (3-3) and Everton (1-1).
Caretaker manager Cristian Stellini will be looking for his first win since Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties as manager at Tottenham. However, the focus will be on the team’s consistency in the run-in as they look to hang on to the top four.
Consistency will be key given that the chasing pack is ready to pounce if they slip up. Stellini will be aware of the importance of qualifying for the Champions League next season for the club’s chances of moving forward and being competitive.
Can Brighton Crash the Top Four in the Rin-in?
Roberto De Zerbi has Brighton flying high on the table; they are sixth, four points adrift of the top four. The Seagulls will be dreaming of Europe as they navigate their remaining eleven matches, starting with the trip to North London to face Tottenham.
Brighton are playing confidently in how they press, play from the back, pass, and put pressure on teams. Their defense is also compact and dynamic, consisting of front-foot pressing and one-on-one defending.
Zerbi’s men are unbeaten in their last five league outings. They have collected three wins and two draws in this run, hauling eleven points and dropping just four as they have soared on the table.
Roberto De Zerbi will hope his side can maintain their confidence, energy, and dynamism when they visit Tottenham; three points will drive them closer to a stunning finish inside the top four.
Tottenham will be without central midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur (cruciate ligament rupture) and central midfielder Yves Bissouma (ankle fracture) in their home clash against Brighton.
Brighton will be without the services of attacking midfielder Jeremy Sarmiento (metatarsal fracture) and central midfielder Jakub Moder (cruciate ligament rupture) for the trip to Tottenham on Saturday.
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Tottenham will look to play on the front foot at home and to dominate the ball early on. They will press and try to force Brighton onto the back foot. They will use their wingbacks to stretch the pitch and create chances for their players to occupy central positions.
Brighton will absorb the earl pressure and grow into the game through their passing and direct attacking moves.
A draw is the likely result in this match, given the form of both teams.
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