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PL Preview: Brighton vs. Tottenham

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  • Spurs midfielders Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko (both hamstring) have returned to training. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is continuing his rehabilitation following a thigh injury.
  • Florin Andone (groin) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) are both training and could by available for Brighton on Saturday. Pascal Gross (ankle) remains on the sidelines.
  • After an unbeaten run of nine Premier League away fixtures (W6 D3), Spurs have lost two of their last four on the road in the top-flight.
  • Seagulls striker Glenn Murray has scored four goals in his five PL matches this season, including three in two at the Amex Stadium.

Both Tottenham and Brighton and Hove Albion look to turn around some recent poor form when the pair meet at the Amex on Saturday afternoon (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Tottenham in particular are coming off a poor week, falling 2-1 at home to Liverpool last weekend before coughing up a 1-0 lead in the final ten minutes to Inter to fall in the UEFA Champions League. Harry Kane has failed to score in three straight games (five including international appearances) and Dele Alli is coming back from a hamstring injury.

Brighton meanwhile is winless in its last three, but the comeback to force a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St. Mary’s may give the Seagulls a much-needed boost early in the season. Perhaps Brighton and Hove can find the form that led them to beat Man United, 3-2 in August.

What they’re saying

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino on overcoming a difficult week: “It’s not a period to be happy because the last few results are negative but always in football you need to bounce back and to be strong. To show that we’re strong is to work hard and stay calm, knowing that the most important thing now is to try to win the next game. It’s important to be strong and to believe more than ever in our way. Nothing changes, because sometimes periods like this happen in football.”

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Houghton on his side’s start to the season: “We’re playing in a division that’s a very tough one for us. The Manchester United performance was probably as good a performance during my time here, but it’s very difficult to always hit those levels, which we showed in the last couple of games. If you’re summing up what this league can be like, then there isn’t a bigger example of that than Southampton away. I thought we were very poor in the first half and very good in the second. It’s about trying to be as consistent as we can, but we’re playing against very good teams.”

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Prediction

With a quick turnaround, Tottenham will be looking to hit the ground running and get back that winning feeling. Harry Kane breaks out of his little drought and Tottenham wins going away. Tottenham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Watch Live: Southampton v. Brighton

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Southampton host Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big South Coast derby.

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Saints are aiming for back-to-back wins in the Premier League and they are level with visitors Brighton on four points from their opening four games of the season. This should be a tight, tense clash between Mark Hughes‘ Saints and Chris Hughton‘s Seagulls.

In team news Saints have the same starting lineup from their win against Crystal Palace before the break.

Brighton bring in Yves Bissouma to the starting lineup.

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Preview: Southampton v. Brighton

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  • Saints looking for back-to-back wins
  • Brighton have zero goals, points on road
  • Danny Ings, Glenn Murray the danger men

Southampton host Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big South Coast derby.

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Saints and the Seagulls both have four points on the board after their first four games of the season and know a win against their local rivals would boost their camps heading into a congested, and tough, schedule in the next few weeks.

In team news Saints are sweating on the fitness of Charlie Austin and Shane Long, while Brighton have concerns over their playmaker Pascal Gross.

What they’re saying

Mark Hughes on the importance of back-to-back wins: “We are looking forward to it. We haven’t had too many occasions where we have had back-to-back results in the Premier League, it has been quite some time. We have got the opportunity to do that, when you have an away win you want to obviously capitalise on that with your home game following that and it gives you the best opportunity to get back-to-back wins.”

Chris Hughton on the threat of Danny Ings: “What Danny brings is what we always knew that he can bring. What’s happened to him over the last couple of seasons is he’s picked up a couple of big injuries but there’s never been any doubt about the ability he’s got, hence the reason why he went to Liverpool and hence the reason why Liverpool think so highly of him.”

Prediction

Ings could really be the difference in this game and if he takes his chances and Brighton’s Glenn Murray doesn’t, then Saints will edge this. I’m going for a 2-0 win to Southampton.

Murray’s brace leads Brighton fightback vs. Fulham

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  • Murray scores 25th, 26th PL goals
  • Fulham led 2-0 through Schurrle, Mitrovic
  • Both teams on four points

What a game!

Glenn Murray converted a late penalty kick to complete his brace as Brighton and Hove Albion came back to draw Fulham 2-2 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic had put the Cottagers ahead, but the latter went to the doghouse by conceding an unthreatened late penalty.

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Pascal Gross had a PK saved by Marco Bettinelli in the 25th minute.

Jean Michael-Seri pulled the strings for the opener, finding Schurrle for a finish — and combination — that had the Cottagers’ support dreaming.

Lewis Dunk‘s error allowed Mitrovic to make it 2-0, as the Serbian striker darted onto a poor back pass and finished his second bite at the apple after a Mathew Ryan save.

Murray pulled one back for Brighton with his 25th Premier League goal, belting Anthony Knockaert‘s pass into the goal following a giveaway from Fulham’s Maxime Le Marchand.

Mitrovic went from GOAT to goat when he handled a low-pressure ball in the 18, and Brighton’s second penalty kick of the night was a converted one.

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Watch Live: Premier League games, 10am ET

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Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday in Week 4 of the 2018-19 season.

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Chelsea host Bournemouth, Southampton head to Crystal Palace, Brighton welcome Fulham to the Amex, West Ham clash with Wolves and Huddersfield travel to Everton.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Bournemouth – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton vs. Fulham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Huddersfield Town – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Wolves – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]