Gareth Bale was handed only his second Premier League start since returning to Tottenham. The on-loan Real Madrid forward, who scored the winner against the Seagulls at the start of November, replaced the injured Harry Kane, who suffered an ankle problem in Thursday’s loss to champions Liverpool. Defenders Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld and midfielder Moussa Sissoko were also recalled by Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, with Serge Aurier not in the squad and Matt Doherty and Eric Dier dropping to the bench. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was selected for his 350th appearance for the north London club.
Brighton boss Graham Potter named an unchanged starting XI, while winger Jose Izquierdo, who has not played since April 2019, was a surprise inclusion on the bench.