Tottenham were pretty lethargic during Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho will be demanding a response.
They are 8/15 shots to see off a Brighton side who have won just eight points on their travels but Albion did win the reverse fixture convincingly, running out 3-0 victors at the Amex in October.
Another piece of history is eyecatching – Spurs are unbeaten in their last 13 Boxing Day games while Brighton have failed to win in their last 10.
Spurs look set to be without Son Heung-min – at time of writing they were appealing his red card v Chelsea but hardly seem likely to succeed – but the good news is that Erik Lamela is back in training and he should feature over the festive period.
It’s hard to be too enthusiastic about backing Spurs given what we saw on Sunday, but equally Brighton’s away form, which has seen them concede 15 goals in nine away games, is hardly cause for great optimism that they can land a 19/4 upset.
Instead it looks worth taking a punt on a fairly clean game.
The lunchtime Boxing Day slot is one you could easily see a lack of intensity both on and off the pitch and with the lenient referee Graham Scott in charge, going low on cards looks a good option.
Only three teams have collected fewer yellow cards than Brighton in this season’s Premier League and while Spurs are towards the other end of that particular list, there must be a chance they are urged to calm down after getting involved with Chelsea in feisty fashion.
Scott has already taken charge of one Premier League game featuring no cards this season; last season he managed a league-high three.
14/1 about another is worth a try.
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