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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Brentford, 31.01.24

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Brentford

Premier         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             2   1   0   1     3-3    3    
Away             3   0   3   0     4-4    3
Total (Prem)     5   1   3   1     7-7    6    1.2 Pts per game
Lge Div 1 
Home             0   0   0   0     0-0    0
Away             0   0   0   0     0-0    0
Total (Div 1)    0   0   0   0     0-0    0
Lge Div 2
Home             3   2   1   0     7-1    7
Away             3   1   1   1     5-4    3
Total (Div 2)    6   3   2   1    12-5   10
Total (Prem)     5   1   3   1     7-7    6
Total (Div 1)    0   0   0   0     0-0    0
Total (Div 2)    6   3   2   1    12-5   10
Grand Total     11   4   5   2    19-12  16

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs       -     WWWLWD
Spurs      4-1    Newcastle
Nottm Fst  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Everton
Brighton   4-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    B'mouth
Man Utd    2-2    Spurs

Brentford   -     LLLLLW

Brighton   2-1    Brentford
Sheff Utd  1-0    Brentford
Brentford  1-2    A. Villa
Brentford  1-4    Wolves
C. Palace  3-1    Brentford
Brentford  3-2    Nottm Fst

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     21 12  4  5  44-31  13   40
15. Brentford 20  6  4 10  29-33  -4   22

Good and bad news regarding Ivan Toney

Welcome to N17

Following our FA Cup exit on Friday, this will not quite be our shortest ever season (that was 2005-06 under Martin Jol), and we now have just 17 league games to negotiate, hoping for a Champions League place at the end of the road.

Spurs host Brentford in the Premier League for the third time tomorrow night. (7.30pm TNT Sports) So far, we've won one and lost the last of our encounters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Ivan Toney had already started his 8-month ban for betting infringements and missed that match.

The former Peterborough goal-scoring ace has been described as (currently) the fittest man in the Premier League. He was allowed to train with his team-mates from September and made a dramatic return in "The Bees'" last game - a 3-2 home win over Nottingham Forest. Toney's return was marked by a superb free-kick goal to open his team's scoring, although Forest's former Spurs head coach Nuno criticised the officials for allowing Toney to move the ball to a more advantageous spot before striking the ball home.

So, there is bad news for Spurs having to face the threat of Toney, but good news because of the fact that his goal tallies in league games for Brentford over the past 12 months have been, in chronological order: 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1. He is the first player to score alternately over 16 Premier League appearances. Whilst all runs have to end sometime, Toney is due to fail against us in this game.

Brentford find themselves in a slightly uncomfortable position four points above the relegation zone, but their recent form of five consecutive losses can be partly attributed to the loss through injury of Toney's goal-scoring partner Bryan Mbeumo. Had he been fit, Mbeumo would have been on duty for Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations. Brentford still have to manage without three players in the African or Asian competitions - Wisse (DR Congo), Onyeka (Nigeria), and Ghoddos (Iran).

Spurs too, still have three players absent in these competitions, Bissouma, Sarr, and our captain Son. Pape Sarr's Senegal were knocked out on penalties last night by Ivory Coast, but he will only just be on his way home.

Spurs last league game at Old Trafford was the first time that Tottenham had started a Premier League match without both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the starting XI since March 2020 (vs Burnley). Following the 2-2 draw, they've failed to win each of their last five league games when neither player has featured (D3 L2).

Spurs have also now scored in each of their last 33 games in the Premier League (since a 0-1 defeat at Wolves in March last season), now the outright longest scoring run in the club's league history.

Since we opened the Premier League season at Brentford in August, Sergio Canos left "The Bees" for Valencia and Everton striker Neal Maupay re-signed for his former club Brentford on loan for the 2023-24 season. Maupay, 27, scored 41 goals in 95 games for Brentford between 2017 and 2019, and completed a permanent transfer to Everton from Brighton in 2022. Maupay scored in both Brentford's FA Cup games against Wolves (Wolves won) and for a third consecutive game against Forest.

Rico Henry is out for the season whilst fellow defender Aaron Hickey and striker Kevin Schade will not be available for this game. Sergio Reguilon's loan at Old Trafford was recently terminated, and whilst he moved on to Brentford (on another loan), he cannot play against his home club.

In that 2-2 away draw in August, two defenders scored for Spurs (Romero and Emerson Royal), whilst Brentford's scorers were Mbeumo (penalty) and Wisse.

One story which touched my heart recently featured Allan Cockram, now aged 60, who played two games for Spurs in January and May 1984 and who made over 100 appearances for Brentford between 1987 and 1991. Cockram is the man behind a team called The Mighty Penguins about whom a documentary film has been made. Follow the link to read The Guardian's article in full.

As for tomorrow's game, I hope to see James Maddison start behind a front three of Kulusevski, Richarlison and Werner. Otherwise, I anticipate the Spurs team will be unchanged. This is the first in a series of winnable games for Spurs (four of which will be at home), and I am predicting a 3-1 home win!

This is referee David Coote's 14th Spurs game in the middle and his first this season. Mr Coote's last game in charge of Spurs was our horrible defeat at Newcastle last April, which saw the end of stand-in coach Cristian Stellini. Mr Coote refereed our 2-2 draw at Brentford on Boxing Day 2022.

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