Brighton vs TottenhamEnglish Premier League, KO: 12:30 Oct 5, 2019, Amex Stadium
TOTTENHAM were trounced 7-2 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and will be looking to bounce back when they square off against Brighton this Saturday lunchtime.
Spurs have made a stuttering start to the season, however, their midweek mauling tipped the capital club into crisis and piled more pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino.
A late collapse at Leicester a fortnight ago came before a calamitous Carabao cup exit away at Colchester- two results which have unsurprisingly seen the Spurs boss come in for criticism.
Yet, prior to those setbacks Pochettino's troops pinched points from tough road trips to Man City and Arsenal respectively – all of which has made the Londoners hugely unpredictable.
Saturday's opponents Brighton are slightly more predictable given the fact that they have failed to win a Premier League match since the opening weekend of the season.
New boss Graham Potter enjoyed a dream debut when he steered his team to a 3-0 success against Watford at Vicarage Road, however, since then the south coast side have failed to win a top flight tussle in six attempts.
In fact, Potter's men have only picked up three points from the last 18 on offer, however, the Seagulls will smell blood on Saturday after Spurs were butchered by Bayern in midweek.
Tottenham are odds-on at a general 19/20 with most bookmakers, however, that price looks a little bit risky to me for a side who have failed to win any of their last nine league games on the road.
Yet, despite Spurs' erratic start to the season, striker Harry Kane has continued to stick the ball in the back of the net.
I successfully tipped the Tottenham talisman to breach Bayern's backline on Tuesday night and I fancy Kane to get amongst the goals against Brighton at 49/50 (UniBet)
The England forward has struck five times in his last six appearances and will be coming up against an Albion rearguard who have only managed one clean-sheet in their last eight games in all competitions.
Whether or not Kane gets on the scoresheet remains to be seen, however, the 10/11 (PaddyPower) on offer for Spurs to score and take at least five corner kicks has caught my eye.
The Lilywhites started brightly against Bayern, created several opportunities and racked up a number of early corners – all before opting to press the self destruct button.
Indeed, Brighton are also struggling, however they are a completely different proposition under Potter this term and are set up to be more expansive – unlike their conservative style of play under predecessor Chris Houghton.
Therefore, expect Brighton to have a go at Spurs on Saturday, yet, taking such an approach could see the hosts get punished by Spurs' superior quality and as such I like the look of the aforementioned goal and corner kick combination.
The home sides early season struggles can be attributed to a glaring lack of goals – the Seagulls have only scored once in their last five Premier League outings.
Neal Maupay was the man who grabbed that solitary goal – and he is 41/20 (UniBet) to make the net bulge this weekend – however, I'm more attracted to the 21/10 (PaddyPower) that is available for Australian international Aaron Mooy to have at least one shot on target.
After shining for Huddersfield Town during their two year stint in the top-flight, the former St Mirren man checked in at the Amex on loan during the close season.
Mooy has featured from the start in Brighton's last two games and the midfielder has a habit of hitting the target from distance – and he will be eager to test Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris who shipped seven during the week and continues to look unconvincing.
Lloris and Co will be desperate to put things right this weekend, however, this one really could go either way when you consider that Spurs are without a league win away from home since January, not to mention almost two months have passed since Brighton picked up three points – which is why I'm steering clear of backing an outright winner and instead opting for the aforementioned alternative angles.
This English Premier League match between Brighton and Tottenham will be played on Oct 5, 2019 and kick off at 12:30