All eyes are already looking ahead to Tottenham Hotspur’s weekend trip to Manchester to face league leaders Manchester City, but there’s a midweek match today first, and it’s against a club that faces a real threat of relegation. Brighton & Hove Albion are managed by Spurs legend Chris Hughton, but he faces a stiff challenge to keep the Seagulls up this season after promoting from the Championship in 2016-17.
Match Date, Time and Location
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8 p.m. (BST), 3 p.m. (ET)
Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Match official: Bobby Madley
United Kingdom: not televised
USA: not televised
Canada: TSN 4
Australia: Optus Sport
Other countries can find their match listings at livesoccertv.com
United Kingdom: not streamed
USA: NBC Sports Gold (SALE: $10 off this week only)
Yep, this is a match that isn’t on TV in the USA or the UK. You might find it in a local sports bar/pub, or you can pony up the cash to watch it on NBC Gold. I know. Sorry.
I ran so far away.
I didn’t really, I just needed a decent Flock of Seagulls lyric to put as a header.
Tottenham Hotspur must beware of complacency in this match. After a 5-1 drubbing of Stoke City at home, they must be brimming with confidence as they prepare to take on another club in the bottom half of the table at home that will likely park the bus against them. However, a win will give them a big head of steam as they get ready to take on Manchester City this weekend at the Etihad.
Spurs will likely rest a few key players. The fullbacks, naturally, will be rotated. Eric Dier will play beside Jan Vertonghen, because Davinson Sanchez is still out
injured suspended. However, there have been hints that Erik Lamela might make his first start of the season today against Brighton. Whether he comes in for Dele Alli or Son Heung-Min is anyone’s guess.
Spurs’ problem in November was that they conceded early goals to inferior opponents and then faced an uphill climb to get back in the match. That didn’t happen against Stoke and can’t happen again today against Brighton. Look for Spurs to come out early in attack and try and nick that early goal that will open Chris Hughton’s side like a can.
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