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Match Preview: Brentford vs Tottenham Hotspur

All the build-up to today's clash against Spurs

23 April 2022

We've got our final London derby of the season ahead of us this evening, Tottenham Hotspur the visitors to TW8. Victory over the men from North London would complete a perfect April for Thomas Frank's Bees while points for our visitors are crucial in the race for the top four. Get all the pre-match build-up below. 

THE OPPOSITION

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The battle for the top four is going to go right down to the wire, Spurs currently holding that final Champions League spot on goal difference ahead of North London rivals Arsenal.

If Antonio Conte's men miss out on a spot in Europe's premier club competition then it will be defeats since the turn of the year to Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley, and, most-recently Brighton and Hove Albion that will have cost them. 

Last weekend's loss at home to The Seagulls, which ended their four-game winning run in the Premier League, checked Spurs momentum and gave Arsenal a chance to draw level in midweek which they did. 

With 29 goals between them, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane (below) have again shown this season why they are one of the most feared partnerships in the Premier League while the January additions of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski (centre above), both from Juventus, have proved shrewd moves. 

Spurs have been ruthless in front of goal this term, scoring with 10.6 per cent of their shots on goal, the second-best figure in the league behind Chelsea. At the other end, they have conceded the fifth-fewest goals this season despite giving away the 10th most shots per game in the top flight.

THE GAMEPLAN

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When asked for Hot Off The Press how Tottenham will line up, football.london's Emma De Duve, said: "The last few games have seen Conte keep with much of the same starting XI. The injury to Matt Doherty is a big blow for Spurs, with the Irishman’s form majorly improving in recent games. Therefore he will be forced to make a change on the right flank. With Ryan Sessegnon returning from injury, there is now a battle at left wing-back between the 21-year-old and Sergio Reguilon. Much like a number of players in the Tottenham side, Reguilon's performance wasn't as solid as expected against Brighton and so Conte may look to give Sessegnon a chance to impress and help build up his match fitness once again"

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has ruled out Zanka (adductor) for the rest of the season while Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos (both hamstring) and Frank Onyeka (ankle) will also miss out this evening. 

For Tottenham Hotspur, Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga are both out for the season with knee injuries while Oliver Skipp (groin) is also sidelined.

MATCH STATS

  • Brentford's Christian Eriksen has been involved in three goals in his last four Premier League matches (one goal, two assist), while the Bees have won all five league contests he has started. He could be the 26th different player to score a PL goal against Spurs having previously played for them in the competition, which would be the most of any side (Chelsea also currently 25).
  • Spurs striker Harry Kane has faced 31 different opponents in the Premier League, with Brentford currently the only one he has not scored against. Kane has been involved in 50 goals in Premier League London derbies (39 goals, 11 assists), with only Thierry Henry having a hand in more (55).
  • Only Chelsea have won more points in Premier League London derbies this season than Brentford (14). Only three London teams have ever earned more such points in their maiden Premier League campaign, with all of them doing so in the inaugural campaign of 1992/93 (Chelsea 19, Tottenham 16, Wimbledon 15).
  • Both Brentford and Spurs have scored three 90th-minute winners in the Premier League this season, with only four teams ever netting four such goals in a single season (Sunderland 2007/08, Liverpool 2008/09, Everton 2009/10 and Newcastle 2012/13).

THE MANAGER

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A serial winner, Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping that Antonio Conte can add to his 23 career trophies and end Spurs' 13-year wait for a major piece of silverware. 

The majority of Conte's playing career was spent at Juventus where he made 418 appearances in 13 years. While at the heart of the Juve midfield, he won five league titles, four Italian Super Cups, the Champions League, UEFA Cup, Italian Cup, Intertoto Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup. He also earned 20 caps for Italy, scoring twice, helping his nation to the 1994 World Cup Final and the 2000 European Championships final.

After retirement in 2004 he was assistant manager at Siena before becoming Head Coach at Arezzo. Despite relegation during his first season in charge, Serie B Bari appointed him as Head Coach in December 2007. He led them away from relegation during his first six months in charge and the following season they were crowned Serie B Champions. He left that summer, joining Atalanta and Siena before eventually landing the Juve job in May 2011. He led Juve to the title in all three of his seasons in charge, picking up two Italian Super Cups as well, before becoming Italian National Team coach. As coach of the Azzurri, he won 14 of his 25 games in charge, reaching the Quarter-Finals of the 2016 European Championships, joining Chelsea immediately following the tournament. Conte won the Premier League during his first season in England and added an FA Cup the following year with a ninth Serie A title coming with Inter Milan last season. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Antonio Conte told tottenhamhotspur.com: "For sure, we have to pay great attention because we're talking about a team that is showing they deserve to play in the Premier League. They're playing very well, they've beaten important teams. It won't be easy for us. They're strong physically, they play good football and they are very dangerous from set pieces"

THOMAS THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

VAR: Paul Tierney

Additional VAR: Simon Bennett

Tottenham Hotspur 21/22

331 fouls - Ninth-most in Premier League

57 yellow cards - Seventh-most in Premier League

1 red card - 12th in Premier League

HOW TO FOLLOW

This afternoon's game is live on Sky Sports and around the world via the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

Karleigh Osborne and Jonathan Douglas will also be joining Mark Burridge for live commentary on BeesPlayer.

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Spoils shared in West London

23 April 2022

Brentford and Tottenham Hotspur played out an entertaining 0-0 draw on a mild spring evening in West London. Brentford had the better of it and hit the woodwork in both the first half and the second but could not find a way through. They limited Tottenham to few chances and got a share of the spoils.

The point was the least Brentford deserved for their efforts. Ivan Toney hit the crossbar with a header in the first half and then the post with another in the dying seconds. Other chances came and went for The Bees, who produced a superb defensive performance as they extended their current run to one loss in seven.

Brentford made a very bright start and had control of the first quarter of the contest. The Bees were able to find space in midfield to work the ball up the pitch and used long side-to-side passes to great effect. They won a series of set pieces in the opening exchanges and forced some good chances.

The first sight of goal came when Saman Ghoddos, playing as a right wing back, won the ball and found Mathias Jensen in space in Tottenham territory. He was able to pick out Bryan Mbeumo in the centre of the pitch and the low shot deflected wide. That corner was cleared but the next was played deep to Toney, he lofted it back across and a Mbeumo header deflected wide.

That was not the only time Brentford used that corner routine in the first part of the match. Toney was continually able to pull in to space at the far post. He met the next corner, superbly delivered by Christian Eriksen, on the volley, but the shot was blocked. Toney got to the loose ball, but his next shot also hit a Tottenham defender.

Toney almost robbed Hugo Lloris moments later as Brentford looked to force mistakes and most of the game was being played in Tottenham territory. The visitors were unable to build attacking possession, and their frustration was summed up by a shot from Rodrigo Bentancur from 30 yards that was high and wide. By that point, Brentford had come very close to taking the lead.

A corner from Eriksen was met by Toney with a powerful header 12 yards out and flew towards the top corner. Lloris was at full stretch and may have got a touch as the ball cannoned off the crossbar and away. Another deep corner was met by another Toney volley moments later and was again blocked by the hard-working Tottenham defence.

Brentford continued to hold the upper hand in the later stages of the first half, but there were fewer chances created. Tottenham seemed to be happy to concede throw ins rather than corners and dealt better when Mads Bech propelled it in to their penalty area. There was a late chance when one was played short to Eriksen and delivered to the far post. Ghoddos and Vitaly Janelt had space at the back post but were unable to create an opening. When a cross was cleared, Ghoddos saw a shot blocked.

Harry Kane lifted an effort harmlessly in to the arms of David Raya at the other end, but Brentford went in to half time with the initiative, albeit not the lead. The Bees continued to press forward in the early stages of the second half and Mbeumo harried Lloris in to a mistake just after the restart. Lloris dithered in possession and was forced to concede a throw in, but The Bees failed to make the most of the opportunity.

Toney looked to be in behind a few minutes later, on to a long ball. Lloris rushed out and the two collided. Referee Martin Atkinson had a long look at the situation and decided that no foul had been committed. Lloris did appear to get at least some of the ball, which was enough for Mr Atkinson. A brilliant pass from Mathias Jensen to Toney then opened Tottenham up. Toney and Rico Henry combined but neither was able to get a shot away. The ball was cut back to Mbeumo, but he fired over on the turn.

There was a higher pace to the game in the second half and Tottenham were moving the ball more quickly. The visitors had more possession and more of it in dangerous areas, as they looked to take control of the game themselves. Kane found space just outside the Brentford penalty area and turned well, looking to shoot, but Pontus Jansson was able to deflect the effort wide.

Tottenham had a good spell just before the hour mark and pushed Brentford back. The home defence was at full stretch at times but did enough to keep the visitors out. Kane again seemed to have an opening when he got on to a cross, but his effort was blocked, as were some follow-up efforts before the ball was smashed away.

The game was flowing from end to end with the teams taking it in turns to have the upper hand. When Tottenham could only half clear a corner, Jensen headed it back, Jansson nodded on and Lloris scrambled it away. Toney got to it, but his shot was saved by Lloris. Eriksen hit a free kick in to a defensive wall soon after as Brentford pressed.

Eriksen went even closer when Brentford forced a mistake and won the ball in Tottenham territory. Eriksen found space to shoot from 25 yards and the effort deflected inches wide. The resulting corner was half cleared and played back by Mads Roerslev. Jansson’s flick was heading for the net before Kane cleared off the line, Eriksen fired it back and Lloris saved. Toney was unable to force it in and Tottenham cleared.

Bentancur headed over for Spurs, who had a good spell in the later stages, forcing Brentford back. They were not, however, able to create many chances and Mbeumo headed over for The Bees as they went looking for a winner. Substitutions and cautions slowed the game down in the closing stages before a madcap final few seconds.

Brentford won a free kick on the right that Eriksen bent in to the danger zone. Toney rose highest and powered a header past Lloris, only for it to cannon away off the far post. Mbeumo got to the loose ball but hit it in to the side netting.

That was Brentford’s chance, but Tottenham had theirs to come. A cross was drilled to the far post where Kane met it with an acrobatic volley. The ball whistled past Raya and inches past the post. Mr Atkinson blew the final whistle seconds later and the spoils were shared.

Brentford: Raya; Roerslev, Jansson, Bech; Ghoddos (sub Wissa 78 mins), Jensen (sub Dasilva 78 mins), Janelt, Eriksen, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney

Subs (not used): Lössl, Stevens, Jeanvier, Peart-Harris, Baptiste, Fosu, Young-Coombes

Bookings: Jansson (66 mins), Bech (89 mins)

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Royal (sub Moura 86 mins), Bentancur, Højbjerg, Sessegnon (sub Sánchez 74 mins); Kulusevski, Kane, Son

Subs (not used): Gollini, Reguilón, Winks, Rodon, Bergwijn, White, Scarlett

Bookings: Bentancur (90 mins)

Attendance: 17,072 (1,725 away fans)

 

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Ticket News

Tottenham Hotspur tickets sold out

Tickets for this fixture have sold out and will be available on the ticket exchange soon.

31 March 2022

The Bees welcome Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur to Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday 23 April (5.30pm kick-off). Tickets for this fixture have sold out. Tickets will be available on the ticket exchange soon to My Bees Members who are yet to purchase a Match Ticket for this fixture.

In case you missed it, our home match against Tottenham Hotspur will still be played on Saturday 23 April. It will, however, now kick-off at 5.30pm. Fans should note that broadcast selections for this weekend are subject to change due to UEFA Champions League fixtures.

ON SALE DATES

  • Members with 1,200 + TAPs: Thursday 24 March, 3pm (one per person, guaranteed opportunity) 
    First Allocation: 50 percent of the total home Match Tickets.
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 29 March.

  • My Bees Members with 800+ TAPs: Tuesday 29 March, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability, six per transaction).
    These are for any remaining tickets from the first allocation.
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on 31 March.

  • All My Bees Members: Thursday 31 March, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability, six per transaction)
    The remaining 50 percent of all home Match Tickets.
    100 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only. If tickets are not sold out in the Box Office after two weeks, they will be made available online.
    100 Match Tickets will be offered in pairs via an under 18 Lucky Dip (similar process we have done for previous home fixtures this season). Successful Members will be contacted by the Box Office to buy two Match Tickets (including one for a parent/guardian Member).
Members need to log in to their ticketing account to get their priority access. Tickets are sold in line with current Government guidance - should that guidance change ahead of the fixture, all bookings are subject to alteration and we shall contact affected supporters as soon as possible.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

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  • No booking fees apply when buying online or in person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

How to buy tickets

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  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
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    • Closed on Wednesday (open on Wednesday 11 May from 12pm)
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
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Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.
 

Accessibility

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com 

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Season Ticket Holders who forget their Brentford Card will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Box Office. Valid ID must be shown and an admin cost of £10 applies.

Supporter Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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