Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton and Hove AlbionEnglish Premier League, KO: 19:45 Apr 23, 2019, Tottenham Stadium
TOTTENHAM'S weekend loss at Manchester City didn't prove too costly in the race for a top-four slot as Arsenal and Manchester United both slipped to shock defeats a day later.
Spurs knew they could have dropped out of the Champions League places had results gone against them but tremain in control of their own fate with just four games to go.
There's precious little room for manoeuvre and with things so tight one slip up could be fatal in the home straight but I can't see it happening when Brighton come calling.
The struggling Seagulls stopped the rot at the weekend, grinding out a draw at Wolves to end a dismal run of five straight defeats.
That result leaves them three points above Cardiff in the fight to avoid relegation but it was another unconvincing display from Chris Hughton's side who were fortunate to avoid defeat.
It's now six games without a goal for Brighton and that terrible run could continue against Spurs, who have yet to concede in their shiny new stadium.
Free-scoring sides such as Crystal Palace and Manchester City haven't been able to net at the Tottenham Stadium so it's hard to see Brighton succeeding where they failed. A Spurs win doubled with a clean sheet pays 11/10 at Ladbrokes.
I thought rock-bottom Huddersfield might get a goal there, with Spurs distracted in the middle of two huge Champions League matches with City, but Mauricio Pochettino's side claimed another clean sheet.
That was down to some fine saves from Hugo Lloris and it will be interesting to see if the France No.1 starts here after he missed the weekend league defeat by City with a muscle injury.
With a Champions League semi-final on the horizon, it's likely Lloris won't be risked and joins several team-mates on the sidelines with Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela all set to miss out.
Brighton are still without the suspended Anthony Knockaert after his senseless red card in the thrashing by Bournemouth while Davy Propper misses out through injury after coming off at Molineux.
Pochettino made six changes at the weekend after that draining European epic that left even armchair fans knackered. Expect more tinkering as he bids to keep his squad fresh so it could be wise to wait before the teams are announced to pick a Spurs scorer.
I expect Fernando Llorente to return up front and the Basque striker looks a good option to break the deadlock at 15/4 with Sportingbet while he's 5/4 with Coral to net at any time.
Kieran Trippier, rested at the weekend, should also start and he looks good as a long-odds option given he takes free-kicks. The England full-back, who is a transfer target for Napoli, looks overpriced at 11/1 with 888 Sport in the anytime scorer market.
Spurs could try to blow Brighton away in the first half then take their foot off the gas in a bid to save energy for some huge games ahead. So try backing the first period to be the highest scoring half, which looks overpriced at 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
This English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion will be played on Apr 23, 2019 and kick off at 19:45