Can Tottenham Stop Seagulls From Soaring
When you look at Brighton's start to the Premier League season the undoubted high point will be their August win over Manchester United. In front of a sell out crowd at The AMEX, Chris Hughton's men made relatively light work of the Red Devils on their way to victory.
Although the final score was a 3-2 win in Brighton, one that looks like a close encounter on paper it is fair to say that it was a stroll in the park for the Seagulls as they once again asserted their dominance at home.
And that is something that they will look to build on when they welcome the visit of another Premier League title challenger in the shape of Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino's men have made a relatively decent start to the campaign having won their first three games of the season.
However the Argentine's decision to switch to a back three was a gamble that backfired, one that was more akin to a night out at the roulette table. Perhaps Pochettino would have been better looking at the bet365 promo code beforehand.
In addition to that defeat to Watford before the international break, Tottenham have also had to deal with tough fixtures both home and abroad. An all important league match against Liverpool was then quickly followed by their first Champions League encounter.
One that took them to the hallowed San Siro stadium, a ground that it must be said is never an easy one to get a result from. That said those two fixtures are now in the history books as Tottenham now focus on the task in hand.
That being their trip to the South Coast where they will take on a Brighton side who will be doing their very best to ward off the threat of 'second season syndrome' this time around. A task perhaps made harder by the fact that both Wovles and Fulham have spent so much money this Summer.
At the same time that is not to say that Brighton haven't been afraid to splash the cash in the off season. However, you do get the feeling that a number of new faces that have joined the club will take time to get to grips with the cut and thrust of the Premier League.
A scenario that took place for Lucas Moura at Tottenham, although he joined from French giants PSG last January he has only really found his feet since the start of the season. A point made evident after his brace against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Both teams have a win over United in common this season, with Tottenham pulling off arguably the tougher feat after a 3-0 win away from home. One that got a particularly away day jinx off their back, although all their hard work was seemingly undone just six days later.
That was because they were outfought and outmuscled by high flying Watford, a performance that not only led to defeat but also bought them back down to earth after just such a good outing at Old Trafford earlier in the week.
And it is away form which is arguably going to be the difference between Tottenham going on to win the Premier League or falling short once more. Last time these two sides met it resulted in a 1-1 draw, a result that Spurs will be keen to avoid this time around.