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?