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Kulusevski, Bentancur To Start | Predicted 3-4-3 Tottenham Lineup Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to maintain their push for the top four places as they travel to Amex to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday. The Lilywhites are coming on the back of a narrow defeat to Manchester United on the weekend and a victory could be vital as Antonio Conte’s men continue to plunge further down the league table.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Brighton

Defence

Conte is likely to miss out on the services of Japhet Tanganga, but it is unlikely to alter the Italian’s team selection, as he looks to continue with the defensive trifecta of Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Cristian Romero.

Davinson Sanchez is a potential alternative, should Conte look to ring in a few changes to the backline that conceded three goals against Manchester United. Joe Rodon is another option, although the Welshman has fallen out of favour at Spurs.

Meanwhile, in goal, there is no looking past Hugo Lloris, whose presence in between the sticks could be crucial up against a sharp attacking Brighton frontline.

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Midfield

Tottenham may have to cope without Oliver Skipp once again. The youngster’s absence has served as a major blow for Conte this year and the Italian will be hoping that new signing Rodrigo Bentancur can fill his void in the middle of the park.

Bentancur is expected to form the double-pivot alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with Harry Winks serving as a potential alternative. Elsewhere in the second line of press, Ryan Sessegnon’s injury means Sergio Reguilon is a guaranteed starter at left wing-back whereas Matt Doherty should once again get the nod ahead of Emerson Royal on the opposite flank.

Attack

As for the attack, Conte is likely to persist with a 3-4-3 formation that allows him to deploy the advanced forwards just behind the main striker Harry Kane.

Son Heung-Min and January signing Dejan Kulusevski remain the favourites to operate in those withdrawn positions, but Conte has no shortage of alternatives, including Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn.

Nevertheless, Tottenham will bank their hopes on these three attackers to deliver once again as they look to brush aside Brighton and continue their push for the top four spots.

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