Brighton started a fresh era with a 3-3 draw against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend and today, new coach Roberto de Zerbi continues his baptism of fire against compatriot Antonio Conte when Tottenham visit the Amex Stadium. After a run of just one win in four games, can Spurs handle Albion’s new manager bounce on the south coast?
We’ve put together a stats pack for the game below which features key info corners, cards, shots, shots on target, xG and more from the teams’ Premier League campaigns. Hopefully, you’ll find our research useful when creating your bet builders for the fixture.
I’ve also knocked up a Stats Pack Guide if you’re still unsure about the best way to use the data.
Brighton have close to a clean bill of health at present with Jakub Moder the Seagulls’ only confirmed injury absentee.
Roberto de Zerbi sent Brighton out in a 3-4-2-1 formation for his first game in charge at Anfield last weekend and he could name an unchanged XI today after Albion’s success against Liverpool.
Emerson Royal is suspended today following his dismissal in last weekend’s North London Derby. Lucas Moura is joined on the sidelines by the injured Dejan Kulusevski, while Japhet Tanganga is also out.
Spurs played in Germany in the Champions League in midweek, though Antonio Conte doesn’t like to rotate his team too much and few changes are expected to their line-up today.
Brighton (4th) can draw level on points with Tottenham (3rd) if they can topple the Londoners today and Albion’s stats for the campaign so far underpin the promising start they’ve made.
The Seagulls have been hitting 12.14 shots and 4.29 shots on target per 90, though they have been slightly out-performing their xG for (1.69 p/90) with 2.00 goals scored per 90 minutes. Brighton have also been drawing over two cards per game from frustrated opponents.
Despite their recent downturn, Tottenham are still in third spot, though many feel like their results are starting to catch up with their performances.
Spurs are conceding more shots (15.90) per 90 than they are mustering at the right end (14.40), while their xG against (1.80) is also higher than their xG for (1.70) p/90.
Tottenham’s fixtures have also been heavy on cards this season – 38 of them were brandished in their 8 matches in total.
Player Shots and Shots on Target
Belgian winger Leandro Trossard (1.24 SOT p/90) carries a significant threat in the final third as does Solly March (1.23 SOT p/90), though the latter doesn’t have the goals to show for it.
Danny Welbeck (2.07 shots per 90) continues to be a nuisance despite his advancing years, while Pascal Groß (1.34 shots p/90) packs a punch from midfield.
Harry Kane (3.31 shots per 90) and Heung-min Son (3.19) continue to form a devastating double act for Tottenham in attack, though Richarlison (2.41) is also beginning to shine.
Ryan Sessegnon’s figures per 90 make for impressive reading too, though it’s worth remembering that he has played just 352 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Player Goals and Assists
Leandro Trossard’s sensational hattrick at Anfield last weekend took his tally for the campaign up to five goals. Alexis Mac Allister is next in line with four, though three of them have been hit from the penalty spot.
Pascal Groß has chipped in with five goal contributions (3G, 2A) in seven appearances, though Danny Welbeck’s fine performances haven’t yet been rewarded with a goal.
Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane has been Spurs’ leading man in attack, netting seven times in eight Premier League appearances since the summer. Heung-min Son has scored three times, though all of his efforts arrived in one spectacular afternoon against Leicester and he has failed to notch in seven of his eight runouts.
Veteran Croatian Ivan Perisic has provided three assists from the flank, as has Swede Dejan Kulusevski, though the latter is injured and absent today.
Tough-tackling Argentinean Alexis Mac Allister has already been carded three times this season and the 23-year-old should be in the thick of the action again today.
Pervis Estupinan (2.22 fouls per 90) has been putting the foot in at left wing back, as has Solly March (1.54 fouls per 90) on the opposite side. Adam Webster (one card) is the only Albion centre-half on the list, though Joel Veltman could be worth more attention. The Dutchman was booked in the corresponding fixture against Tottenham last term.
Richarlison’s style of play is often abrasive and he has been fouled a massive 2.42 times per 90 minutes as result. Sparks could fly in the Brazilian’s battle with fellow South American Pervis Estupinan today.
Heung min-Son (fouled 1.67 times per 90) will be targeting the one-paced Joel Veltman on the right side of the Albion defence. Could the Dutchman be cautioned for the second year in a row against Spurs?
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (fouled 1.15 times p/90) likes to get stuck in and he could draw a card from the combative Mac Allister in midfield.
Match-Ups to watch
Pervis Estupinan vs Richarlison
Joel Veltman vs Heung-min Son
Alexis Mac Allister vs Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
11 different Tottenham players have already been carded in the Premier League this season, so there are options aplenty for Spurs in the markets today.
Rodrigo Bentancur (2 cards) likes a meaty challenge or two in midfield, while Ivan Perisic (2 cards) isn’t shy about using the cynical parts of his skillset. His fellow wingback Ryan Sessegnon has been cautioned just once so far, though he does average around a foul per game and he should be tested today.
Rampaging Ecuadorian defender Ecuadorian Pervis Estupinan (fouled 2.22 times p/90) likes to drive forward from deep for Brighton and if he escapes the attentions of Richarlison, Ivan Perisic will be next in line to deal with him.
On the opposite flank, Solly March (fouled 1.38 times p/90) is clever enough to cause Ryan Sessegnon issues, while Leandro Trossard’s (2.50 dribbles p/90) smart movement between the lines could draw tackles from Rodrigo Bentancur.
Match-Ups to watch
Ivan Perisic vs Pervis Estupinan
Ryan Sessegnon vs Solly March
Rodrigo Bentancur vs Leandro Trossard