Spurs have been spared a week of stewing over their second-half horror show against Newcastle by the arrival of out-of-sorts Capital One Cup foes Brighton.
After a bold start to life under Sami Hyypia the south coast side lost their impetus around the end of August, winning just one of their last 11 games.
Tottenham are heavy 1/2 favourites for victory inside normal time, with the Seagulls, whose only win in that sequence came against League Two Burton Albion in the previous round, 21/4 to win.
However, a peculiarity of Brighton’s inability to buy a win is that they’ve lost just once in their last 11 games, drawing nine times.
An after-you approach to finding the net seems to be at the root of this slew of stalemates and Spurs should be backed to score first at 2/5 as a result.
Their Championship visitors have broken the deadlock a mere twice in their past 11 outings in all competitions.
For all Spurs’ issues in the their Mauricio Pochettino teething period, they have been reliable in bagging the opener of late, it’s what happens afterwards that’s the problem.
Of their last six opponents, only Manchester City have beaten them to the punch, with the north London side scoring inside the first half in four of their last five fixtures.
It makes the 91/100 about the hosts going in at the interval with their snouts in front all the more appealing, especially given the relative stature of their match betting odds.
Brighton have held the half-time lead in just one of their previous six fixtures.
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