26 December 2019 live
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion
After a shocking loss at the hands of his former pupil (Frank Lampard), Jose Mourinho will be looking to bounce back with a Boxing day victory. This December 26th match will see 7th place Tottenham take on 13th place, Brighton & Hove Albion. Despite the gap, only 6-points separate the two sides. Both lost their last matches – Tottenham lost to Chelsea (2-0) while Brighton lost to Sheffield (1-0).
The last time this two sides met, Brighton demolished the Tottenham, scoring 3 goals with Neal Maupay (3’) and Aaron Conolly (32’, 65’) getting on the scores sheet. Brighton took a total of 17 shots with 6 on target, scoring half of their chance. Tottenham took only 8 shots with 3 shots on target and were unable to convert any.
It was a surprising result considering Tottenham completed more passes (547) and had more ball possession (53%) than Brighton. At that time, Jose Mourinho hadn’t taken charge of things. The ex-United boss has won 4 out of 6 premiere league matches since he took over at Spurs (LWWLWW). So far, he hasn’t drawn any match.
Tottenham has won 3 of the last 5 meetings against Brighton, with 1 ending in a draw. Mou’s winning mentality and his remarkable ability to read the game and make the right substitutions will be a huge advantage for Spurs.
Brighton has no known injury or suspension list so coach, Graham Potter will have all his men to choose from. Their form hasn’t been remarkable (LDDWLL) but remarkably they held their own against Arsenal, beating the North-London side 2-1 in their only victory in the last six games.
Heung-Min Son will be unavailable for the tie after he got red carded against Chelsea. VAR caught him kicking out at Antonio Rudiger in retaliation to being fouled. Although, Tottenham appealed against the red card, it wasn’t dismissed. The South Korean will now miss the next three matches; against Brighton tomorrow, Norwich on Saturday, and Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Hugo Lloris remains out with an Elbow Injury while Erik Lamela still nurses his Hamstring injury. It’s likely we see a 2-0 or 3-0 victory in favor of Tottenham. The match kicks off at 2:30 PM (UK time) with English referee, Graham Scott taking charge at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)
Referee : Graham Scott (England)
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 13:30.