Some silverware, maybe ? Even the most optimistic fans, have great difficulty to imagine Spurs finish among the Big Four. A national Cup could soothe their tormented minds and hurt dignity.
Again the squad will have the advantage of playing at home, but this season’s results show that the team play better, away. Very Spursy, of course; is hoping for a victory, easier said that done?
Both teams need a victory to help them out of an uncomfortable position; Tottenham(11th in the Premier League) count four defeats in seven Premier League games and Brighton occupy 21st place in the Championship and haven’t won a game, since last month’s victory versus Burton Albion, in the third round of this competition.
SPURS’ players news :
Tottenham’s defense, will be boosted by the return of Kyle Naughton, back after missing the last three matches with an ankle injury and Federico Fazio, is available again, after a one-game suspension. Emmanuel Adebayor is also expected despite being substituted on Sunday( stomach’s pains). Nabil Bentaleb(ankle) and Kyle Walker(pelvis) are still in the physio room.
BRIGHTON’s players news:
Long term injured Solly March, Andrew Crofts and Dale Stevens are still out, as Graig Mackail-Smith(hamstring) ; Kazenga Lualua (winger) is back after a one game suspension.
Both managers had difficult starts with their clubs, but Brighton’s boss Sami Hyypias’ position is a tough one: the Seagulls haven’t won a league game since August and are only two points above the relegation zone. As for Tottenham’s boss, Mauricio Pochettino, he will try to respond the critics after the calamitous defeat to the Magpies.
Tottenham’s going to make a number of changes but who will be on the pitch?
Harry Kane, is a likely candidate to start; his hatrick vs Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League didn’t give him access in the Premier League starting XI ( entered the game for 29 min.) but he should have this opportunity.
Roberto Soldado, could be on the pitch too, if Adebayor not fit; the Spanish player has not had a lot of games but he’s less decisive than Kane’s performances.
Michel Vorn, has only played 90min.vs Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup third round; Hugo Lloris is the club’s first choice keeper, but starting vs Brighton, gives Vorm the chance to prove that he’s able to keep the Frenchman on his toes, at least for the Cup games.
What about outcasts Paulinho and Chiriches, the supporters scapegoats? Would that “easy” game give them the opportunity to redeem themselves? Only Pochettino has the answer.
Head to head League Cup record: Tottenham wins 1, draws 1 Brigton wins 0
Spurs have won four and lost one of their last six games vs Brighton.
The Lillywhites have scored in each of their last 24 home games in the League Cup.
Vorn; Davies Fazio(Chiriches?) Vertonghen, Naughton; Stambouli, Dembelé; Townsend, Kane, Lennon, Soldado
Referee : Mark Clattenburg
Kick off : Wednesday 7.45pm
Here’s some old highligts: Memories, Memories …