Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford: Back to Business Against the Bees

tottenhamAs Christmas approaches, the fixture list is going to be crammed with important games, both in the league and in cup competitions at home and abroad. This Thursday evening. Spurs host a Brentford side who have defied all predictions to remain above the relegation zone for now at least.

The weather robbed Tottenham of a chance to redeem themselves as Sunday’s fixture at Burnley fell victim to the snow. There shouldn’t be any similar issues this week so can we earn the three points that would help to put last Thursday’s embarrassment in Slovenia behind us?

Team News

Sunday’s postponement means that team news is unlikely to be unaffected by any new injuries. We already knew that Cristian Romero was set to miss out and that’s unlikely to change for Thursday’s visit of Brentford.

Giovanni Lo Celso remains listed as doubtful although there is a possibility that he could make the bench. News is a little slow to come out of the club on both of those players so we’ll assume that the Argentines will be missing as we move through this preview.

Elsewhere, it’s likely that the squad will have a clean bill of health.

Match Odds

Brentford have enjoyed an impressive start to Premier League life but it’s Spurs who start as favourites at best odds of 16/25 with Novibet for the win. The draw is the next option in the match result betting at a top price of 17/5 with VBet while BetFred and MansionBet are among those offering 9/2 on victory for the Bees.

There will be some interest in the draw and possibly on the away win, among neutrals here. Brentford have beaten Arsenal, Wolves and West Ham this season and Thomas Frank’s side also claimed all three points against Everton last time out. Tottenham’s own patchy form is a clear cause for concern although the first choice league team has yet to be beaten under Antonio Conte.

Side Markets

There will be some competition from among the opposition but Harry Kane starts as the favourite to open the scoring once again. Harry goes off at best odds of 3/1 with Unibet while Son Heung-Min follows at 53/10 with VBet.

Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura can both be found at a top price of 7/1 with 888Sport and QuinnBet. According to some reports, Bergwijn is not a part of the new manager’s plans so you should definitely check the teamsheets before backing a rare goal for the Dutchman.

Brentford’s first representative is next with Ivan Toney on offer at a best of 8/1 with Betway. The striker scored the winner against Everton at the weekend and that was his fourth goal of the season.

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Harry Kane

Other options from a Spurs’ perspective include Bryan Gil at 8/1 with QuinnBet, Dele Alli at 9/1 with QuinnBet and Tanguy Ndombele at 13/1 with VBet.

Elsewhere, Both Teams to Score looks good for Thursday night at 22/23 with VBet. Brentford have scored 17 goals in 13 matches while conceding 17 at the other end of the pitch and, while neither statistic is exactly prolific, it’s an encouraging record.

With Tottenham having issues in defence, BTTS looks solid and there are some tempting options in the Total Goals markets too. A stake Over the 2.5 line will bring odds of 9/10 with Novibet and 10Bet while a push to Over 3.5 extends to 23/10 with Unibet.

Completing our regular round up of side bets is a trip to the Correct Score market. If you’re expecting a relatively comfortable night then you may want to look at the 2-0 home win which is listed at 13/2 with Betway.

The 1-1 draw is on offer at 32/5 with VBet while a 2-1 victory in favour of Brentford can be found at 17/1 with 10Bet.

Head to Head

As a newly promoted side, Brentford offer us no corresponding fixture from last season. There are some head to head stats and, although they are largely irrelevant, it’s interesting to look over previous results.

Since the teams first met in the Southern League back in 1902, there have been 42 senior fixtures between Tottenham and Brentford. Spurs have won 23 of those games, Brentford have won six and the remaining 13 have been drawn.

All but seven of those games took place before 1950 which backs up the views of those who have probably skipped this section. Since 1992, we have been drawn against the Bees on a number of occasions in the League Cup. We’ve won six and drawn one of those matches with the most recent encounter coming earlier this year.

At the start of January, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min secured a 2-0 win and took Spurs to the EFL Cup Final. It’s a strong record even if it doesn’t have too much relevance as the teams prepare for their first ever encounter in the Premier League.

Verdict

brentfordIt’s been a few days since that performance against NS Mura: The last preview for the postponed Burnley clash was written in a state of disbelief at witnessing something so dreadful but now we’ve had a bit of time to put the European game into some context.

Obviously it was appalling but much of our second string were sent out to start the game. In the main, those in reserve just aren’t up to the job and that assessment was echoed by Antonio Conte in his post match press conference.

Hopefully there will be a big clearout of deadwood which will start in January. Meanwhile, there are some issues with the first choice starters but we should be a little more positive when the best XI is available.

With that in mind, we are hopeful, rather than confident of a positive result on Thursday. Brentford are not in this division to make up the numbers and, their own results to date suggest that they are not going to ‘yo-yo’ from the Championship to the Premier League like Fulham or Norwich City.

As for confirmed tips, we’ll start with Harry Kane to open the scoring. When you have a man who has scored just once in 11 games, you’d hope for better odds than 3/1 but you also know that he won’t be in that kind of slump for too long.

We’ll finish with Both Teams to Score which always looks likely when Spurs are involved. It may not be a night of attractive football but, for now, let’s just be happy with three points if they come.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 22/23 with VBet
  • Harry Kane to Score the First Goal at 3/1 with Unibet

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