Three players Tottenham must watch when they take on Brighton tonight

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We identify three players to watch out for when Brighton and Hove Albion take on Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup tonight.

Brighton and Hove Albion travel to Tottenham Hotspur looking to cause an upset in the League Cup tonight.

The South-Coast side go into the game as the underdogs, but they will be looking to capitalise on the uncertainty around White Hart Lane at the moment.

Defeats to West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool and Newcastle United have dented the confidence at Spurs somewhat and Nottingham Forest also posed a threat to them in the last round of the competition.

Brighton, themselves, have their own worries after a poor start to the season, but tonight's game gives them a chance to play without too much pressure on their shoulders as they look to pull off an upset.

If they are to make it to the quarter-finals they will need all their key players to be on form and we take a look at three players who Spurs will have to watch out for if they are to avoid being knocked out. 

Lewis Dunk

The Brighton centre-back has been one of their star performers over the start of the campaign and he is beginning to attract attention from higher levels. 

There were rumours that Aston Villa were interested in the centre-back, who has come through the club's youth-academy to become a first-team star, earlier this week, but Brighton will be determined to keep hold of him for as long as possible.

The 22-year-old is a commanding centre-back, but he has also been the side's major goal threat this campaign.

With five goals already to his name, Dunk has helped at both ends of the pitch and, despite the Seagulls' poor form, they would have been much worse off without the youngster in their team.

Rohan Ince

A midfield destroyer, who is capable with the ball at his feet, Rohan Ince is one of the most key players in this Brighton side.

Sami Hyypia's men always attempt to retain possession and their style is particularly demanding.

To do this Ince is vital, as his power in midfield allows the team to dominant the centre of the pitch when he plays to his best.

The 21-year-old has a bright future in the game and he will be looking to impress at the top-level tonight. 

Kazenga Lua Lua

Another of Brighton's crop of exciting youngsters, LuaLua is arguably the side's most potent attacking threat when on his game.

A box of tricks, LuaLua has the skill to cause problems to any defence in the country but his inconsistencies mean he can be a source of much frustration.

The Congolese winger is often used as an impact substitute, but he could be handed a start tonight by Hyypia and if he is then he is likely to be the outlet that the side use the most.

With Sam Baldock and Craig Mackail-Smith, the club's two first-choice strikers, unavailable it will be up for others in the squad to step-up and provide a goal-threat and LuaLua looks the most likely to be able to do this. 

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