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Premier League: Ange aims for festive cheer at Brighton

Ange Postecoglou is set for his first taste of Christmas as a Premier League manager and he'll be targeting three points at Brighton as his Spurs side continue to pursue a top-four berth.

English football traditionally goes heavy on festive fixtures - Tottenham are set for three games from 23rd to 31st December – and Postecoglou will know only too well that momentum heading into 2024 will be crucial as his first season really takes shape.

Tottenham's middle game is a trip to the South Coast to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium on 29th December and they go there in confident mood after making it three wins on the spin with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Everton.

WhatBrighton vs Tottenham
WhereAmex Stadium, Brighton, England
When06:30 (AEDT), Friday 29th December
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsBrighton 2.55, Draw 3.75, Tottenham 2.55

Spurs regathering momentum after blip

The Postecoglou era at Tottenham began with a lightning rod effect as the North London outfit set the early pace in August and September, but there was a bump in the road.

The heavy home defeat to Chelsea in November, when they finished with nine men and still playing a stunningly high defensive line that bemused pundits but ensured Postecoglou's principles stayed intact, sparked a disappointing run of four defeats in five games.

The outlier in that was a 3-3 draw away at champions Manchester City, where Spurs showed some true resolve to grab a point. Either side of that result, however, they tossed away one-goal leads at home in losing 2-1 to Aston Villa and West Ham. 

It could have been a long winter for Big Ange and his men, but successive wins over Newcastle and Nottingham Forest have put the show back on the road. 

Spurs headed into the festive season right on the coattails of the top-four in the Premier League and are priced at 2.62 to end the season amongst that elite band of four.

Aiming to sink the Seagulls

Victory at Brighton, where Spurs are 2.55 to get all three points, would go a long way to ensuring Postecoglou's team end 2023 amongst the top four.

They've got one more game to come after this, at home to Bournemouth, before the calendar turns. 

Brighton have been a revelation under Roberto De Zerbi this season, mixing Premier League joy with progress in the Europa League.

Those continental exploits might be something Spurs are hoping will aid them now.

Brighton have had six extra games in recent months, while Tottenham's non-involvement in European competition has ensured Postecoglou routinely has had his players to work with in midweek while he continues to impose his footballing philosophy on the squad.

It's a fresh approach under the Aussie boss and one that has certainly made people sit up and take notice in a way that perhaps didn't happen during his trophy-laden two-year term as Celtic manager.

Spurs recent record promising 

Recent meetings between these two have favoured Tottenham, winners in four of the last five encounters and six of the last eight. 

The Londoners have also been successful in their last two trips to the Amex, without conceding a goal. Spurs are 5.00 to keep a clean sheet this time.

Postecoglou may well see this as a decent time to face Brighton despite the Seagulls being unbeaten in their last six on home turf in the league.

They picked up a point at Crystal Palace last time, deservedly so despite Danny Welbeck having to rescue a point late in the game. Prior to that, Brighton were thoroughly outclassed against Arsenal in a 2-0 reverse.

All told, the home side enter this game with a recent Premier League record of one win in five. They are 2.55 to get back on track by defeating Tottenham.

Spurs are committed to attacking football under Postecoglou and they'll be encouraged in heading to face the team that has conceded more goals (31) than any another Premier League side outside of the bottom three following their draw at Palace.

This could be an entertaining contest, with over 3.5 goals in the game priced at 2.10

If Tottenham can make it three wins on the bounce at the Amex Stadium, it will be a remarkable sixth away Premier League win for Postecoglou's side in just 10 attempts.

They've only lost once on the road so far, conceding in stoppage time at Wolves in November in what was probably the most disappointing performance of Ange's reign so far.

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