Brentford host Tottenham on Boxing Day as the Premier League returns following the World Cup, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The Gtech Community Stadium will play host to the first game in the top-flight after over a month’s break.
Thomas Frank’s side won 2-1 at Manchester City in their last league game and they’ll be aiming to take another big scalp.
However, they face a tough task with fourth-place Spurs the visitors. Antonio Conte’s side beat Leeds before the break and are unbeaten in 15 games on Boxing day.
Harry Kane will play his first game since missing a vital penalty for England in their World Cup quarter-final defeat to France.
But the striker has scored more goals on Boxing Day than any other player in the Premier League, so he will be hoping to bounce back to continue that form.
Brentford vs Tottenham: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will be played on Monday, December 26.
Kick-off at the Gtech Community Stadium is scheduled for 12:30pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Reshmin Chowdhury.
Commentary will then be provided by Nigel Adderley and former Chelsea defender Scott Minto.
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Brentford vs Tottenham: Team news
Brentford’s Ivan Toney is expected to lead the line despite his recent charges from the FA.
The Bees could be without defender Charlie Goode but have a fully fit squad otherwise for the Boxing Day tie.
For Spurs, Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur are injury doubts.
Hugo Lloris and Cristian Romero could be absent after playing in the World Cup final last weekend.
Brentford vs Tottenham: What has been said?
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes that Lloris and Romero will have to be involved on Monday.
He told talkSPORT: “I’m expecting Romero to start against Brentford – we need him! It’s the winter World Cup, it’s not like it’s the end of the season, that’s it.
“You’ve won the World Cup, you have your celebrations, and now it’s back to business.
“I’m expecting them to come back and be involved, I expect Romero to play, I expect Lloris to play and I expect us to get in the top four.
“We’ve got to go for it, we’ve got to get back on track, before the World Cup, Tottenham’s performances were shocking, so we’ll see what happens.”
Brentford vs Tottenham: Match facts
- Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games, including a brace in Spurs’ 4-3 comeback win against Leeds last time out. It’s as many goals as the Uruguayan had netted in his previous 161 appearances in European league football.
- Only Erling Haaland (5) has scored at least twice in more different Premier League games than Brentford’s Ivan Toney so far this season (3), with Toney netting both goals in the Bees’ 2-1 win at Man City in their last match.
- No player has scored more Premier League goals on Boxing Day than Tottenham’s Harry Kane (9, level with Robbie Fowler), with the England striker scoring on all six of his appearances on this day.
- Tottenham have conceded 11 goals in their last five Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 14 combined. They’ve conceded at least twice in each of these five matches – only once have they conceded 2+ goals in six consecutive Premier League games, doing so in April/May 2003.
- Brentford are looking to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May, following their 2-1 win at Man City before the World Cup break. The Bees have lost just once in seven home league games this term (W3 D3), going down 3-0 against Arsenal in September.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 15 league Boxing Day games (W12 D3) since a 2-0 loss at Portsmouth in 2003. In English league history (top four divisions), only Aston Villa have ever had a longer run without defeat on 26th December (20 between 1890 and 1913).
- Brentford have lost just two of their last 13 league Boxing Day games (W7 D4), though they did lose 2-0 at Brighton in the Premier League last season.
- Tottenham have won just one of their last 15 away London derbies in the Premier League (D6 L8), and are winless in their last nine (D3 L6) since a 1-0 win at Fulham in March 2021.
- Tottenham have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five meetings with Brentford in all competitions (W3 D2), with Lloyd Owusu in a 1998 League Cup match the last Bees player to net against them.
- Brentford are winless in their last 13 meetings with Tottenham in all competitions (D4 L9), since a 2-0 home win in the second tier in March 1948.
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