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Tottenham v Brighton Match Preview

Tottenham v Brighton Match Preview


Normal Service was resumed on Saturday and I see absolutely no reason whatsoever why that shouldn`t continue - if anyone can find one please post it below…we all need a good laugh.

It is always dangerous to underestimate the opposition, so I won`t; realistically they are just about better than relegation fodder.That does not mean they will roll over, but we are back now and the wobble feels over.

Brighton have been struggling in their last few games and look like a team who really are a one-man striking team (who does not strike often) - with just two points from their last 5 games they are in danger of a downwards spiral and failing to score seems to be a major issue for them - apparently Chris really did want to buy Vincent Janssen but tried to emulate his old boss who sacked him - and went all out to buy a goalscorer on the last day at the last minute in search of a Levyesque bargain - he must now be thanking his fairy Godmother that he didn`t have his wish granted.

It is important for confidence building purposes that we do not have a hint of a wibble let alone a wobble against `the Seagulls` - the thought of just one of them Seagulls nicking my post match celebration chips is unthinkable, let alone one dumping a great big white and blue dollop on our brand new top 4 aspirations - or do they only do that at the Seaside?

Chris, despite their recent run of poor results will have them all fired up for this as it maybe the only chance they have to play at Wembley until they are relegated and come back for a play off final.

He will be telling his players to enjoy it and play without fear, or he will show his tactical nous, shut up shop and go for a statement win. Neither of which I expect to save them from a jolly old spanking.

Newly promoted teams can often have a difficult season but Chris must be applauded for Brighton - that (at the moment) are above the relegation zone in 13th.

He can reckon on a warm welcome by the faithful as we acknowledge him once again for his years of service. I wonder if he will compare notes about Levy with Poch?

The key decision for Poch has to be after Saturdays` performance whether to play Dele - who whilst slightly improved against Stoke still seems unable to stop his feet from getting confused - giving the ball away whenever someone from the opposition gets near him and gives him what must be a mind controlling hypnotic cheeky grin that just screams 'I know you want to give it to me`..

Poch will rotate and I just can`t see Dele being picked for this one, despite his great assist against Stoke, he looks in need of a positivity transplant and to find his enthusiasm (and touch) again.

To me, he needs a well-earned rest and some private one on one skills coaching (unless of course it is the one on one coaching from his girlfriend that is dragging down his performance levels, in which case it all makes absolute sense)…

Lesson 1 - how to pass the ball to a teammate.

Lesson 2 - how not to give the ball to the opposition.

Lesson 3 - oh you get the idea…

I suspect that this game might well be Lamella`s first start since his ops as Poch has a tendency to try and play returnees back into form - as he appears to be doing and beginning to do well with Dembo.

I`m going to keep my predicted line up for the wondrous Predict the score competition article along with my highly positive 'we will spank them` prediction of 5-0 6 or 7…we just need one own goal to start the carnival...

Is there any chance I am just too bullish?



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Writer:Spursex
Date:Tuesday December 12 2017
Time: 2:21PM

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In answer to your opening question Spursex, depends what type of bus Chris brings from Brighton. Again, score 1st and expect a landslide victory. 3-0, my confidence has been raised by last weekend's win! COYS!
Critical_Spur
12/12/2017 15:32:00
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Well if they park the bus why not practice long range shooting for everyone.
123spurs
12/12/2017 17:59:00
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Living in Hove ,I watch Brighton quite a lot at the Amex.I'm going up tomorrow for my first visit to Wembley since the 1966 world cup. I want Seagulls to win enough games to survive their stay in the Premiership;but tomorrow, I want to see them tonked 5-0. Sorry Chris, but Spurs are in my DNA.
Greavesaboveall
12/12/2017 18:09:00
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In Fairness Greavesaboveall, Brighton haven't been conceding loads, but I do think their defence looks suspect and iffy...
Spursex
12/12/2017 18:23:00
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There is only one acceptable result in this game, a home fixture v Brighton, a comfortable Spurs win, no excuses, blaming the referee, phases of the moon or anything else. Leading up to what may well become a rude awakening at the Etihad, we can't afford to drop points here.
Frank
12/12/2017 18:34:00
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Greaves, I too have a soft spot for Brighton, mostly because my sentiments towards Chris Hughton. I think they will hang in there this year because they will scrape more points than Palace, Swansea and even Huddersfield. They are a steady little outfit, unlike Huddersfield who started the season strongly (top 4) and now rapidly heading in the opposite direction. Palace need Benteke to get his form back as Roy (the old fashioned manager) likes the orthodox wingers with AT and Zaha, but Benteke's confidence is shot. Anyway, back to our game, a win is a must so that we can build a bit of head of steam before facing City. Hope to see Lamela start, as well as Sonny. I too would like to see Dele dropped for this one....will Poch?
critical_spur
12/12/2017 19:21:00
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I see that the mega rich, super stars laden, Burnley are in the 4th place tonight! Their chairman must have done all his transfer business early and their manager knows all about plans a to z. I guess it must also be due to them not having European football or Wembley to contend with.....oh wait a second, they got a 1-1 at our 'home'!!! :0). May be Rose will be even closer to his family if he moved to them hills in Burnley.....
critical_spur
13/12/2017 01:06:00
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All of our closest rivals look to have easy wins on the cards tonight, along with Spurs. Although I do have a sneaking feeling that the Hammers could at least take a point from the Gunners.

I presume that Pochettino will choose to rotate 2 or 3 tonight in preparation for the weekend. And yes, it would be good to see Lamela start. (Is he match fit enough?).

Personally I would prefer MP to rest Son or Eriksen or both, and not Dele. I think young Dele Alli could be just one blinding match away from stepping up a couple of gears for the rest of the season. Why not tonight?

Back 4 or back 3? Which pair of wing-backs should he use? Will it make any difference tonight? Who should be/will be preferred against City? ... I can't say myself.

Needless to say that I'm backing Spurs for a win. A comfortable win? I think so. I hope so.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion!

Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 09:10:00
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critical, theres always one team defying the odds, maybe this season it will be Burnley? Maybe in the champions League it will be us?!
Guyver
13/12/2017 09:15:00
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Brighton will certainly park the bus. It took Man City 70+ minutes to break them down and that was from a Brighton mistake. They seem quite toothless up front mind.
Guyver
13/12/2017 09:17:00
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Yes. They've only managed 14 PL goals so far.
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 09:19:00
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Just a dull 1-0 will do if their bus parking and stout defending is up to scratch tonight. And Chris Hughton is no mug, defensively. I never presume that it's an easy task to break down any team if they work hard and do it well. If they have a bad night or Spurs are just too sharp and too good for them, then hopefully my prediction comes close. It will be a good boost for the lads to carry it on convincingly from Saturday's result.
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 09:26:00
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Hopefully we score early. The longer we take, the more the supporters grow restless and that tension translates onto the pitch.
Guyver
13/12/2017 09:36:00
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Yes Guyver, I know! (about Burnley and defying odds). Just as well we're not playing catch up with Leicester.....depends on your outlook!!
Critical_Spur
13/12/2017 09:45:00
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I'm a little bit worried about this game. We've dropped silly points in games we were expected to win comfortably. This has accident written all over it, especially after a good result against Stoke. Funnily enough I feel more confident about our chances against City, who will attack us and leave space to exploit on the counter. Against Brighton, I expect a scrappy game, against a team that has no intention of scoring from open play and who will be content with being hard to beat and strong on set pieces. None of those things particularly suit us. I am of course hoping for a comprehensive win, and I would expect us to win on paper. But as recent history has taught us, what should happen doesn't always. Last year, I was confident enough that we would win the games we were expected to. This year, our form is more erratic, and we are capable of the best and the worst. I'm not confident.
BelgianSpur
13/12/2017 09:53:00
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I will just add to that BS and say that our PL form probably looks a lot worse right now than at this time last year. As we have already lost as many as we did in the entirety of last season, (4). However I think we are just 2 points less well off and so not as bad as it could be or, at least, seems to be.
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 10:01:00
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Don't underestimate Brighton. I've been watching them closely as they're my second team.They've got some decent like Knockaert and the Colombian guy on the other wing (with Solly Marsh to step in if needed). Also Gross who is up there on assists and Dunk, Duffy and Bruno are top defenders. If they hit if off they could cause a surprise, particularly if we start missing chances again.
Stan Rosenthal
13/12/2017 13:28:00
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Verts is on 4 yellow cards if he picks up one against Brighton he wont be available for the City Game! That would mean no Toby Verts of Sanchez for the City Game! Poch needs to play a back 3 of Davies Dier and Trippier with Aurier and Rose as WB's. Lamela should get a start this time around but knowing Poch it will be Kane Eriksen and Dele - Moussa and Son. Chrissy will come to frustrate just like WBA Swansea Burnley CP did! It will be all hands to the pump on Saturday so Poch had better hope we don't pick up any injuries tonight!
OyVeh Maria
13/12/2017 15:28:00
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Frank, you're setting yourself up for a difficult night with those expectations, m'man. I think there's an 80% chance we'll win and win well -- as long as Sissoko doesn't play. We may as well be a man down if he's on the pitch... Hopefully Dele is "rested" for this one and Lamela starts as he'll be chomping at the bit to perform well. No need to tinker with the team that battered Stoke, just Lamela for Dele IMO. Dembele's played a couple of games and is due his customary injury, he should be taken off if we establish a good lead. He's needed for the big one on the weekend. Without him, we're very lightweight in midfield.
Fanman
13/12/2017 16:26:00
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I think we've got too much for the Seagulls, even if they try to park the Bus. As for Saturday Night, really looking forward to it, giving them their first defeat of the season, just as we did last year. COYSS!!!!!!!!!
Thats Entertainment
13/12/2017 17:51:00
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#THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane.
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 19:00:00
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Subs: Vorm Davies Foyth Trippier Dembele Dele Llorente
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 19:01:00
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Lamela starts, Dele on the bench. Lamela's chance to shine.
Fanman
13/12/2017 19:04:00
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Happy with that line up. Needed doing.
Spursex
13/12/2017 19:09:00
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Hot, Did Amazon deliver today?
Spursex
13/12/2017 19:14:00
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Team selection looks good enough to get the job done. Sisoko is not my favorite player, however, i think he is a decent squad player who has worked hard when on the pitch. He lacks an end product but does add power and pace and he's all spurs got at the moment so lets show him a little love. Coys
palmover
13/12/2017 19:16:00
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Yes, they did deliver. I thank you Spursex. It is well appreciated.
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 19:19:00
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He meant that!
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 20:40:00
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Winks is having a shocker.
Fanman
13/12/2017 20:47:00
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Well that was a tad disappointing. Not like us at all. Anyone have a clue what Poch sets out to do in these games?
Harry-Kari
13/12/2017 20:49:00
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Hopefully Brighton are a little more adventurous in the 2nd half, but I doubt they will be until the remaining 10-15 minutes.
Guyver
13/12/2017 20:59:00
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He definitely meant that... 2-0!
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 21:44:00
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Good night for results in four coys
bazdog
13/12/2017 21:48:00
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That'll do. Bring on City
Hot Tottingham
13/12/2017 21:52:00
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back in the top 4 as Liverpool and Arsenal both draw 0-0 with WBA and West Ham. Even Man Utd struggle to a 1-0 win vs Bournemouth.
Guyver
13/12/2017 21:53:00
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Son can't stop scoring - long may it continue - Bale's apprentice as I boldly stated a month ago - undercover! Anyone interested the shares auction is up later today - looking like only a thousand changing hands this time at 230p.
El Jefe
14/12/2017 00:44:00
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Still not convinced Son is anywhere near as good as Bale but we'll park that one for the time being ;-). On the plus side, we won a game we needed to. On the minus side, we were again struggling to break Brighton down until the Aurier goal. We were fortunate to score that, because the game opened up for us after that (as we knew it would). Sometimes you need a bit of luck, but we still suffer from the same symptoms, and riding our luck isn't always going to work. We were also fortunate with results around us. We need a big performance on Saturday to be well and truly back on track.
BelgianSpur
14/12/2017 09:27:00
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BS. "We were also fortunate with results around us". With Liverpool and Arsenal we were, that's for sure. But that is because of their own difficulties in driving through the parked busses of the lowly WBA and WHU. As I said earlier in the thread, I never presume it to be easy to get past a stout defence that does their job well on the day. As indeed Brighton did. Strangely, you wrote yesterday that you think we'll have more of a chance of joy against City than the Seagulls. So, can I presume that you agree with me on this.
Hot Tottingham
14/12/2017 09:37:00
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I thought Lamela played well and was looking much more sharp than I expected he would after such a long time out. I thought the team played quite well. To me, I think they went about the game in the right fashion. By not over exerting themselves and being patient with their build-up play. That is, given how busy we have been and how busy it will now get. Oh, and with the small matter of Man City in a couple of days.
Hot Tottingham
14/12/2017 09:55:00
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Job done, but still a lot of work to do. 46300 fans, poor atmosphere. Winks was the worst player for me. Despite making 85 passes with 100% accuracy in the 1st half, most were 5 yard passes sideways and backwards near the half way line. Dembele brought nothing but the same 5 yarders. Kane isolated. AM personnel were really poor imo. Lamela tried, Son coming deep to do something. Fortunate 1st goal but on tanterhooks 'til the death and nice backside flick by Son for calming nerves and frustrations. Good that we are back in the top-4 hunt, relying on our rivals also to help. Need to do better v City.....hopefully we will as it should be a PROPER football match. COYS!
Critical_Spur
14/12/2017 10:06:00
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Well CS, I wasn't by any means nervous or frustrated. To me, we looked like winners from start to finish. Patience may not be most of our supporters forte but at least the players were confident enough with it to get the win. And that really is what counts. We all want to see them play outstanding football all of the time. And we will, but it's not always possible against teams that nullify the game with no intention whatsoever of playing it themselves.
Hot Tottingham
14/12/2017 10:14:00
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HT - I do agree, although I do think that some of our rivals are better equipped than we are to eventually break stubborn teams down. Man U din't have an easy time of it but they walked away from their game against Bournemouth with 3 points. City dismantled Swansea with ease, despite any of us doubting that Swansea's only game plan was to keep City out. Thankfully for us, Arsenal and Liverpool have their flaws too and they too struggle to break stubborn teams down. It will be a 3 way fight for the top 4, as I expect the 3 teams currently above us to grind out results more often than we do.
BelgianSpur
14/12/2017 10:18:00
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Well, unfortunately for the rest of us, City are way ahead in all respects at the moment. If we can at least take a point from them on Saturday then we'll have done well, I think. I don't know exactly what to expect but I am confident that we are more than capable of being in the top 4 and just as good enough to finish as runners up again. I don't expect it but I do think we are very much capable of it.
Hot Tottingham
14/12/2017 10:25:00
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My 3rd game at a freezing cold Wembley stadium in a week.... As expected, bus parking by a visiting team was seen again. Winks was poor this game, like he was intimidated by too many yellow shirts in front of him and not having, or seeing / missing clear passes to do. Aurier scored a lucky goal, and we are grateful for that. I thought it was a ground out 1-0 until sonny scored.. Now for the city game I expect Poch to surprise with his his game tactics (R Madrid away..) again... COYS
Block D Spurs
14/12/2017 11:00:00
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Not one of our better performances so glad of the three points, never is easy against sides who come not to play but to contain and hope to get something on the break in the latter stages.

To be honest I wouldn't be too unhappy if we did a similar job on City at the weekend and come away with a point from playing a counter attacking game.

In the overall context of the final table positions at the end of the season I think the game at Burnley the following weekend will have more importance with a win there a definite must have to help see off their challenge for fourth place.
TQ2Spurs
14/12/2017 12:11:00
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We are fourth (beit on goal difference). If you look at the stats of Arsenal, Pool, and , to a slightly lesser extent, United and Chelsea, you'll notice that all of the top teams have difficulty in breaking down teams that risk a parking ticket .... apart, at the moment, for City. Like us, they always have greater possession and many more shots. That's why those teams are not further ahead of us. It by no means applies solely to Spurs. Life is far easier, and more realistic, if this is accepted .... whether we like it or not. Defending en masse is the only way lesser teams can try for a result. Spurs seem to have adjusted in that we simply play a patient game, try not to force things too much, and believe in each other and that a goal will come. Obviously, like the other teams, it doesn't always happen but, hey ... that's how it is. Considering the defensive players we have missing I think we are doing remarkably well. The City game will be totally different ... more like the Madrid, Dortmund, and Pool games. And, as we saw from those games, anything is possible.
Geofspurs
14/12/2017 13:53:00
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What is interesting to me about this whole bus-parking lark is when I look at Burnley. They are in joint place with Spurs and Liverpool and yet they have scored just 16 PL goals all season, compared to Man City's fantastic 52, Liverpool's commendable 34 and Spurs' 30. Burnley are where they are on the merit of their miserly defence more than could be said of any other PL team. As, they have only conceded a mere 12. That's just one more than both City and United and 2 less than Spurs.
Hot Tottingham
14/12/2017 14:15:00
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Geofspurs, spot on. I don't hold much hope of getting anything against City, but you never know... The defensive side of our game is certainly going to be tested to it's limits, but with our makeshift defence it looks a bit iffy. As long as Sissoko doesn't play we have a chance, but Poch may use him instead of Winks, to give us the extra bit of strength in midfield, as Winks was awful yesterday, I don't think he completed a forward pass throughout the game -- with Son, Kane, Eriksen, Lamela and Dele, we certainly have attacking threat. We just have to hope that the team "clicks" against them. TBH I'd rather we played Dele in CM alongside Dembele, because his impetus will always be to go forward, rather than back or sideways -- that's what we need against City as I can't see them letting us play slowly out from defence.
Fanman
14/12/2017 15:33:00
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Many teams parked the bus against us last season as well, but we were the top scorers in the league for a reason. This season we have struggled in comparison and MP has acknowledged this, which is a good sign because it means he is actively looking for solutions. Admittedly it is surprising to see that we've scored more goals at home than Liverpool after 9 games, (16 to their 14) although 9 of our goals came in just 2 games, vs Liverpool who certainly didn't park the bus and Stoke, who we always thrash for some reason. Also surprising to see Liverpool with he joint best home defensive record in the league, conceding only 3 goals. Although their away defensive record is appalling.
Guyver
14/12/2017 18:40:00
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Interesting stats Guyver. It made me curious and I looked at the 1st 17 matches of last season to see how it compares for Spurs' goals, both for and against. Also, our points total.

After 17 matches we had a total of 33 PL points. 29 goals for and 12 against.

After 17 PL matches this season: 31 points. GF 30, GA 14.

So, only 2 points less, 1 goal more scored and just 2 more conceded. It's a close call.

Of course it's all relative to how our rivals are doing and no 2 seasons can be the same. Fixtures being different etc.

Even so, we all know that we were poor and out of the CL already this time last year but in the last 16 this time around.

So, my conclusion is the same as it was before I checked the stats. We are doing pretty well, in spite of everything and regardless of how we as supporters are perceiving our form of individual players, the team and it's results, etc.

I'm no different to most supporters on viewing our form this season and I agree with those that think we are not performing to the same standard as last season. However, statistically, it shows that we are not much worse off in the PL whilst being so much better off in the CL

Hot Tottingham
15/12/2017 10:49:00
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In other words, I feel that we are more likely to improve our general play, than get worse. And, it's not unlikely that the positive results in the main will also follow suit.It's all speculative of course but not by any means unrealistic.
Hot Tottingham
15/12/2017 10:55:00
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