2021-22 Premier League: Week 14 – Tottenham vs Brentford

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Brentford to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a midweek cross-London derby clash in 2021-22 Premier League. 

Victory would see Tottenham improve to sixth whereas Brentford can climb as high as ninth with a win.

 

Team News

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Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns to report following the postponement of their clash at Burnley on Sunday just 50 minutes before kick-off.

Giovani Lo Celso (fitness) could be available but Dane Scarlett (ankle) and Cristian Romero (hamstring) are still ruled out.

Brentford could be without Christian Norgaard after the Danish midfielder suffered a back injury in Sunday’s win over Everton.

Rico Henry and Sergi Canos are both doubtful after suffering knocks on Sunday but Julian Jeanvier, David Raya (both knee), Kristoffer Ajer, Mathias Jorgensen (both hamstring) and Josh Dasilva (hip) remain ruled out indefinitely.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Tottenham’s first-ever Premier League clash against Brentford.
  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings against Brentford in all competitions (W8, D3).
  • Brentford lost their only previous visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – losing 2-0 in Carabao Cup semi-final last season.
  • Lucas Moura is the only Tottenham player to hit the woodwork more than once this season, having rattled the woodwork on two occasions in 12 league appearances.
  • Two of Ivan Toney’s four league goals for Brentford this season have been scored from the penalty spot.

 

Prediction

Following their poor performance in Mura last Thursday, Tottenham need to start putting together a consistent performance across 90 minutes because their four games under Antonio Conte so far have been fairly contrastable and inconsistent.

Sunday’s postponed clash against Burnley though means that Spurs will come into this London derby fresh, despite having made the long trip north but they still need to deliver a solid performance because this won’t be an easy clash by any stretch.

Brentford meanwhile come into this match off the back of a clinical win over Everton where they were superbly organised and well disciplined, despite failing to convert their chances from open play but should have enough quality to cause Tottenham some issues.

Thomas Frank’s Bees also have a good record against fellow London teams this season with just one defeat, so I can see them making life difficult for Spurs if they are organised and take their chances against a shaky defence.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Brentford

Result: Tottenham 2-0 Brentford

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