Championship new-boys Brighton take on Spurs at the American Express Community Stadium tomorrow in their final fixture before the start of the new season.
The game will mark the official opening of the club’s new ground, with a sell-out crowd expected at the 22,500-seater venue.
If the occasion marks a new chapter in the history of Brighton & Hove Albion, so too does the club’s return to English football’s second tier after a five-year absence.
The Seagulls’ last three campaigns in the division have all been relegation dog-fights, although Gus Poyet’s side have more lofty ambitions this time around.
Former Spurs midfielder Poyet guided Brighton to the League One title last season, all the while insisting on an attractive style of football, and odds of 14/1 suggest the south coast outfit have a realistic chance of securing the Championship title at the first attempt as an encore.
Nevertheless, they will need to be at their very best to start life at their new ground with a win.
Spurs are 3/5 favourites to win the game in bwin’s 3Way betting market, with a draw priced at 11/4 and odds of 7/2 on a Brighton win.
Curiously, Brighton and Tottenham have already played each other this summer, giving a partial insight into what to expect at the American Express Community Stadium.
The Seagulls played a Spurs XI in Portugal on 19th July, with the match ending 2-2.
However, the Spurs XI was comprised of youngsters rather than members of manager Harry Redknapp’s first team, suggesting Brighton could be in for a stiffer examination tomorrow.
With this in mind, the best bet could be to disregard Brighton’s recent progression and go with a win for Spurs.
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