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How many defeats constitutes a crisis? Mauricio Pochettino has played down the significance of three successive losses but a fourth for Spurs against Brighton this weekend would be very bad news indeed.

The feel-good factor at Spurs in August has all but evaporated in September and Pochettino will be expecting a positive response from his players after coming up short against Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan.

Pochettino made five changes against Inter including dropping Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier altogether for ‘technical’ reasons and second-guessing which players the Argentine will select on a game-by-game basis is becoming an increasingly difficult task.

On the plus side, Pochettino is expected to have both Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko available once more with the pair having been absent recently with hamstring injuries. One player that Spurs remain without is captain Hugo Lloris, who Pochettino admitted has found it difficult to cope with the fallout from his drink-driving charge.

Brighton represent difficult opponents for a team in a malaise as Spurs are with Chris Hughton’s side having already beaten Manchester United at the Amex this season and come into the game buoyed by their comeback draw against Southampton on Monday night.

Here is how Spurs could line-up against Brighton.


With Lloris out, Michel Vorm looks set to continue in goal. The Dutchman has been criticised by sections of the Spurs support for his performances since coming into the side, particularly after the Liverpool match where he was partially culpable for both goals.


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