Two teams with fragile confidence will clash at the Amex Stadium for this Saturday's early Premier League kick-off
Brighton impressed at the start of the season but six points from their first seven matches has halted early season momentum. Their 2-0 loss at Chelsea last week was Brighton's worst performance of the season and they will be keen to hit back against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Tottenham are sixth in the Premier League table and just one point off the top four after their first seven matches. But a humiliating 7-2 home loss in the Champions League against Bayern Munich on Tuesday highlighted the problems in the Spurs' camp.
"I do not get the tactics," said former Spurs player Chris Waddle. "It's not playing to their strengths. I don't think Serge Aurier wants to be there, Christian Eriksen hasn't signed a new contract. There is so much going on off the pitch.
"It should have been dealt with over the summer instead all the contract questions are still going on. It's a shambles. You have no idea where you stand. A club of this stature should not be like this. They have to sort it out quickly. It's a genuinely shocking scoreline."
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "I don't need too much time to explain. We played 30 minutes well, started well, pressing high. But we were unlucky that we conceded in the first minute of the half.
"They were very clinical. After we scored the penalty for two we had chances to score the third. But from the 83rd and 88th minute we conceded three more goals.
"In football it can happen. Every single touch went in. We are very disappointed and very upset but we have to stay together. I think we are strong in our mentality.
"Maybe you are bored about my speech but football is today not yesterday. It is always is about the show. You have to do it today and tomorrow. It is not about experiences and what happened three months ago.
"We are disappointed. Every single touch from Bayern was clinical. They scored with every touch. It is tough to accept. You have to move on.
"This type of situation you have to face. It is tough and you need to be strong and keep going. Stay together, help each other and be all together. When you receive this type of result it is important to bounce back and believe in yourself. It is the only way to recover."
Albion are just one point above the relegation places but three out of the next four Premier League matches are at home. They start with Tottenham at the Amex this Saturday, before their away trip to Villa on October 19. They they then welcome Everton and Norwich to Falmer.
“The Tottenham game now is very important,” said Brighton captain Lewis Dunk. “We have to go out and perform as we have done before this one (Chelsea). It’s a loss but we have to move on from this.”