Thursday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the first-ever top-flight meeting between Tottenham and Brentford.
Extreme weather at the weekend handed Spurs extra rest days ahead of the midweek round, forcing their Sunday showdown against Burnley to be postponed.
It means new manager Antonio Conte has had a week to rally his troops and come up with a plan to shake things up a bit in north London following a humiliating 2-1 Europa Conference League loss to below-par Slovenian side Mura last time out.
The Italian manager oversaw his side’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Leeds United on his home Premier League debut in the capital and will be demanding nothing less against the league newcomers.
Coming into this exciting all-London match-up, the Bees pulled off a tight 1-0 home victory over Everton at the weekend, courtesy of Ivan Toney’s first-half spot-kick.
Thomas Frank’s side returned to winning ways after enduring an underwhelming five-game winless streak in the Premier League and could win back-to-back top-flight games for the first time in the club’s history.
Tucked in mid-table comfort, Brentford will be free of pressure, which can’t be said about Tottenham.
Spurs are lagging five points behind fourth-placed West Ham and can ill-afford to lose more ground on the coveted Champions League places.
Tottenham vs Brentford Head-to-Head
Since falling to a 2-0 defeat in March 1948, Tottenham have gone unbeaten in their subsequent 11 matches against Brentford in all competitions (W8, D3).
Spurs secured a straightforward 2-0 victory in last season’s EFL Cup encounter against the Bees, with Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min scoring either side of half-time.
These two have never faced off in the top-flight, though Brentford have won just one of their six second-tier fixtures against Spurs between 1947 and 1949 (D2, L3).
Hence, the H2H record is nothing but a pure piece of paper going into this clash.
Tottenham Team News
Summer signing Cristian Romero is unavailable to a thigh injury, with out-of-favour centre-back Davinson Sanchez expected to get a rare opportunity to showcase his quality at the heart of Spurs’ backline.
Giovani Lo Celso is another name on the injury list, but it won’t affect Conte’s set-up, given the Argentine was out of the squad when Tottenham outplayed Leeds last time out.
As ever, the Londoners will put their fate in the safe hands of the superstar duo, Harry Kane and Son, with the latter topping the club’s scoring charts in the Premier League this term with four goals.
Unlike his partner in crime, Kane has been a mere shadow of a player that won the Premier League Golden Boot last season, bagging just one league goal so far.
Brentford Team News
Huesca loanee Alvaro Fernandez will retain his place between the sticks as first-choice goalkeeper David Raya is still out with a knee injury.
Joining the Spaniard on the sidelines are summer defensive addition Kristoffer Ajer and standout playmaker Josh Dasilva, both dealing with a thigh and hip injury, respectively.
The experienced central defender Mathias Jorgensen is nearing his comeback to action from a muscle injury but may not make the matchday squad.
Last season’s record-breaking Championship top-scorer Ivan Toney will spearhead the attack alongside his preferred frontline partner Bryan Mbuembo.
Toney and Mbuembo have been directly involved in 47.06% of Brentford’s Premier League goals this season.
Tottenham vs Brentford Predicted Line-ups
Tottenham (3-4-2-1): Hugo Lloris; Japhet Tanganga, Eric Dier, Davinson Davies; Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Sergio Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane.
Brentford (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Charlie Goode, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock; Sergi Canos, Christian Norgaard, Yoane Wissa, Vitaly Janelt, Rico Henry; Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney.