Tottenham vs Brighton news: Spurs looking to continue 41-year run as European dream edges closer

With Arsenal losing, West Ham meandering and Man United in self-destruct mode, Tottenham can take full advantage and take another big step towards Champions League qualification.

Spurs fans couldn't have pictured a better end to the season. With their top four rivals faltering in the final stretch of the campaign, Antonio Conte's men have stepped up and are well on track to securing a top four finish.

Considering Tottenham lost four games from five in February, it's almost preposterous to see the north London outfit just five points behind third-placed Chelsea.

Mathematically speaking, the top four is far from settled. However, all of the momentum is currently with Spurs following their run of four straight league victories.

Their next test will be a tough one as Brighton arrive in the capital looking to cause another upset following their recent win over Arsenal.

Spurs though, will be buoyed by the fact they haven't lost a home game against the Seagulls since 1981 - a run of nine consecutive games.

When: Saturday, April 16, 12.30 BST

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Where to watch: BT Sport

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Who is the ref for Tottenham vs Brighton?

Premier League referee Craig Pawson looks on

Craig Pawson will be the man in the middle for this one. The 43-year-old recently oversaw Tottenham's 4-0 win over Leeds United.

He has also officiated one Brighton game this season - a goalless draw, also against Leeds.

Premier League season stats 2021/22: Matches (21), yellow cards (88), red cards (2), penalties (3)

Recent form

Brighton and Hove Albion's Enock Mwepu celebrates scoring

As previously mentioned, Tottenham are beginning to hit their peak during the business end of the season.

Spurs enter this weekend on the back of four straight victories in the Premier League - a run which includes 14 goals scored and just two conceded.

Brighton, in contrast, recently ended their seven-match winless run in the league with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

Graham Potter's men lost six of those seven games during a disastrous period in February and March. Ultimately, this was a run which ended any hope of a dream top six finish.

Tottenham and Brighton players in form

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring

Tottenham's return to form has coincided with Heung-min Son's emphatic turnover of goals. The South Korea international has stamped his name onto the scoresheet in three straight games, scoring six goals in the process.

Dejan Kulusevski has also impressed, having scored one goal and produced three assists across his last four club appearances.

Brighton have not had much to shout about in recent months, but one man who has impressed over the last two games is Leandro Trossard.

The midfielder scored the opener against Arsenal last weekend and enjoyed a stellar showing against Norwich the week before.

Last time out

Brighton 0-2 Tottenham (Premier League - March 16, 2022)

The two teams last met less than a month ago as Tottenham powered to a 2-0 victory.

Cristian Romero opened the scoring in the 37th minute, while Harry Kane doubled the lead early in the second-half.

Brighton endured a dreadful evening as they failed to land a single shot on target.

Past ten matches (all competitions)

Tottenham wins: 7

Draws: 1

Brighton wins: 2

Tottenham goals: 15

Brighton goals: 9

Managers' thoughts:

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte on whether his Covid-19 infection effected match preparations: “I attended the training sessions but from a distance. I had my staff. My staff did a really good job.

“For sure it was a strange week for me and also the players, as they're used to having training sessions with me. Not only with my staff. But it's ok because my staff are doing a great job.

"Given the length of time from my Covid test, I think I could stay on the bench on Saturday.”

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter

Brighton boss Graham Potter on the impact of Enock Mwepu: “He adds something a little bit different to what we have. He has a slightly different profile but we have not been able to select him as much as we would have liked and as much as he would have liked.

“But sometimes you have that when you are adapting to the Premier League. You have that time where you have to settle in and get used to the level and learn about each other.

“Hopefully he can now finish the season strong because he brings another dimension for us.”

Predicted Tottenham vs Brighton teams

Tottenham Hotspur's Matt Doherty leaves the pitch for treatment

Brighton head to the capital without Polish international Jakub Moder who has a knee injury.

Tottenham, on the other hand, are still missing Matt Doherty and Japhnet Tanganga with the pair also suffering from knee injuries.

Oliver Skipp, meanwhile, is still recovering from his groin issue.

Possible Tottenham starting line-up: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Reguilon, Kulusevski, Kane, Son

Possible Brighton starting line-up: Sanchez, Cucurella, Dunk, Veltman, Trossard, Caicedo, Bissouma, Mwepu, Gross, Welbeck, Mac Allister

Tottenham vs Brighton prediction

Tottenham are on a roll, and it would take a mammoth Brighton effort to stop them.

The Seagulls managed to get one over a stuttering Arsenal side, but repeating that away against Spurs looks unlikely.

Tottenham are scoring goals for fun at the moment and with their key men hitting peak form, we're backing a two-goal win for Conte's men.

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