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Key events

An emotional moment of heartfelt applause for Ventrone. Then the knee, a gesture met with more warm applause. Respect and love the top note all around the Amex. Poor Conte looks drained. Spurs get the ball rolling.

The teams are out. Brighton wear their blue and white stripes, while Spurs sport second-choice purple. The players will take the knee before kick-off, with the Premier League’s No Room for Racism campaign taking place over the next two rounds of games. Premier League captains decided before the start of the season to concentrate on several points during the campaign to add emphasis to the gesture against racism and other forms of discrimination. Love and solidarity. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes.

Spurs have been warming up in t-shirts dedicated to Ventrone. Both teams will wear black armbands and there will be a minute of silence before kick-off.

Harry Kane leads the tribute to Gian Piero Ventrone.
Harry Kane leads the tribute to Gian Piero Ventrone. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

A sombre Antonio Conte speaks to Sky about the loss of their fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone, who passed away earlier this week. “To find words for Gian Piero is very difficult at this moment. I’m … and we are … devastated by the pain of what has happened. No-one expected this situation. Sometimes life is not always a positive situation. And for this reason we have to cope in the best possible way, and also because I know Gian Piero wanted us to stay strong. We will continue to do our work in the way he taught us.”

Roberto De Zerbi talks to Sky Sports. “I didn’t want to change things so much. This week we have worked to find more order and organisation, and to continue as we did against Liverpool. I didn’t want to change the first XI because in Liverpool it was a good game, and for the moment I want to continue in this way.”

This was a match-up between third and fourth this morning. The 3pm kick-offs have altered that, though. Brighton have been knocked down a couple of places to sixth, thanks to Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Wolves and Newcastle’s 5-1 rout of Brentford. Manchester City have gone top, by the way, two points clear of Arsenal after dispatching Southampton 4-0, but our table generator, tasked to concentrate on Spurs and Brighton, doesn’t want to show that. To be fair, it also doesn’t want to show Bournemouth rising to eighth after their 2-1 comeback win over Leicester, but what you gonna do. Anti-City bias! Cherry-hating agenda!

If It Ain’t Broke dept. In the wake of Brighton’s 3-3 draw at Anfield, a result that seriously flattered Liverpool, Roberto De Zerbi names an unchanged side. Moises Caicedo passed a late fitness test to retain his place.

Spurs make four changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday. Ryan Sessegnon, Matt Doherty, Ben Davies and former Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma come in for Richarlison, Ivan Perisic and Clement Lenglet, who are benched, and the suspended Emerson Royal.

The teams

Brighton & Hove Albion: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Webster, March, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Estupinan, Gross, Welbeck, Trossard.
Subs: Lamptey, Colwill, Lallana, Sarmiento, Undav, Mitoma, Steele, Gilmour, Turns.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Doherty, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon, Son, Kane.
Subs: Skipp, Sanchez, Richarlison, Gil Salvatierra, Perisic, Forster, Spence, Sarr, Lenglet.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland).

Preamble

Welcome to the big meridional meeting between two erstwhile titans of the Southern League: the 1909-10 champions Brighton & Hove Albion and 1899-1900 winners Tottenham Hotspur. However, while it’s one title apiece from those non-league days, Spurs have authored a vastly superior resumé during the subsequent Football League years: champions of England twice, plus eight FA Cups and four League Cups, set against Brighton’s … but football’s not just about winning trinkets, is it.

Still, this illustrates much about size and concomitant expectation. And that in turn explains why Spurs – currently third, just four points off the top – go into this weekend on something of a downer, while Brighton – three points behind in fourth – are high on life. Tottenham had their shorts and pants handed to them by league leaders and rivals Arsenal last Saturday lunchtime, Antonio Conte’s brand of rope-a-dope football failing to wow the punters. Brighton by contrast could have had six or seven at Anfield, playing football so easy on the eye they’re melting hearts all across the land (with the possible exception of Croydon and surrounding areas).

So this is teed up intriguingly. Will Goliath grind out a win? Or will David show them how it should be done? Brighton will want to back up the good notices they received after the 3-3 at Liverpool with another progressive performance against one of the big boys. Spurs may feel they need to make a statement by putting on a show themselves. Brighton have won two of the last three against Spurs. Conte is unbeaten in four matches against Roberto De Zerbi, winning three and drawing one with Inter against Sassuolo. Good luck calling it, then! Kick off is at 5.30pm BST. It’s on!



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