On Tuesday, Tottenham lost 3 games in a row for the first time under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino. It has been so long that it is hard to remember the feeling of losing so many times in quick succession.
It is not hard to recall the feeling of ‘not again’. Spurs being ‘Spursey’ is nothing new, but it just felt like the team had moved past that under Mauricio Pochettino. However, after Spurs last past three losses and performances there is an air of calamity around the North London camp, and they won’t have an easy match-up on Saturday as they travel to Brighton.
Mauricio Pochettino will be under heightened pressure as Spurs fans and journalists will be analysing his tactics with a fine-tooth comb. Undoubtedly, the players let him down in Milan as they misplaced passes and failed to play out from the back effectively, but against Liverpool – and not for the first time – he set the team up with naïve and feeble tactics.
Both sides are at differing ends of the table but Brighton will be hoping to be a high finishing surprise package, much like Burnley were last season. Spurs will need to pick up three points on the coast if they want to stem talks of a ‘crisis’.
They will have to have a vastly improved defence against Glen Murray who is tricky to play against, and seems to thrive against Spurs. If Tottenham give away a penalty Brighton’s big centre forward is bound to find the back of the net.
I will predict that Spurs will be on the winning side on Saturday evening. Last season saw Spurs struggled against Brighton in the same fixture and this game will be even a bigger test. Spurs seem to be on the ropes and it will feel like the perfect opportunity for Brighton to pick up the victory. So bearing all this in mind – maybe I’m being overly positive – I think Spurs will somehow, someway struggle over the line picking up three points along the way. It won’t be beautiful, as Spurs don’t seem like they can play that way at the moment, but it’s the games you have to dig in and win that pay dividends come the end of the season.
Predicted Score: Brighton 0-1 Tottenham
Predicted Line-Up: Vorm; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertoghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Winks; Moura, Eriksen, Son; Kane.