Tottenham vs Brentford LIVE commentary: Spurs target Europe as Bees start life without Toney – kick-off time, team news and how to follow
Tottenham host Brentford in the opener of the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
Spurs will be looking to secure a place in Europe, with a seventh-place finish to qualify for the Europa Conference League.
Ryan Mason’s side will be desperate to end the season on a positive note after having had a disappointing and contentious year so far.
But it’s the Bees who aim to add to Spurs’ misery by finishing strong after finishing in the top ten in the top flight.
However, they will have to do so without top scorer Ivan Toney, who has now started his eight-month ban from all footballing activity due to a breach of FA betting rules.
Tottenham vs Brentford: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, May 20.
Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Reshmin Chowdhury.
Comments will then come from Sam Matterface and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
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Tottenham vs Brentford: Team news
The hosts look set to continue with Fraser Forster in goal as Hugo Lloris has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Eric Dier missed the loss to Aston Villa but could be back for this one, but the same cannot be said for Rodrigo Bentancur and Ryan Sessegnon who are ruled out for the season.
Meanwhile, Brentford will be without Toney, who has been banned from football for eight months.
Toney’s absence will be a huge loss for the Bees, but they will be buoyed by their win last weekend with a top three of Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo and Kevin Schade.
As for injuries, Keane Lewis-Potter, Pontus Jansson and Christian Norgaard are all out for the final two games of the season.
But Thomas Strakosha is fit and will be in the matchday squad
Tottenham vs Brentford: What was said?
Toney has released a statement following news that he will be banned for breaking FA betting rules.
he tweeted“Today I received notification of my eight-month ban from football following a hearing before an FA Regulatory Committee which took place yesterday.
“I’m understandably disappointed that I won’t be able to play for the next eight months.
“The Board’s written reasons for the decision have not yet been published so I make no further comment at this stage other than to thank my family and friends, Brentford FC and our fans for their continued support, through what has been a very difficult time. .
“I’m now focused on coming back to play the game I love next season.”
Tottenham vs Brentford: Facts of the match
- Harry Kane has scored nine goals for Tottenham in Premier League derby games in London this season – only one player has ever reached double figures in a single campaign, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink having done so in 2001-02 (10) .
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored in 24 different Premier League games this season, the most in a 38-game season in the competition. He also scored in a record six league defeats this season, with only three players having suffered more defeats in a single campaign – Matt Le Tissier (7 in 1992-93), Charlie Austin (7 in 2014-15 ) and Jamie Vardy (9 in 2017-18).
- Tottenham have scored a league-high 16 headed goals this season, their most in a single Premier League campaign (also 1992-93, 1998-99 and 1999-00). The last team to score more headers was Liverpool in their 2019-20 season (18).
- Brentford are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League derby games in London and are looking to win four consecutive league matches against other London sides for the first time since March 2009 in League Two (five in a row).
- Tottenham’s Premier League games have seen 124 goals scored this season (F65 A59), with only Arsenal (125) producing more. In a 38-game Premier League season (since 1995-96), only one team has both scored and conceded 60 goals in a campaign, Spurs having done so in 2007-08 (F66 A61).
- Tottenham have lost 13 Premier League games this season and conceded 59 goals. They last lost more in a single campaign in 2008-09 (15), while they last conceded more in 2007-08 (61).
- Brentford have won their last away league game in each of the last two seasons, beating Bristol City 3-1 in 2020-21 and Everton 3-2 last season. They have never done so in three consecutive campaigns in their league history.
- Tottenham have lost their last home league game in just two of the last 14 seasons (W11 D1), losing 2-1 to Aston Villa in 2020-21 and 2-1 to Southampton in 2015-16.
- The visiting side have won just one of Tottenham’s previous nine league games with Brentford (D4 L4), with Brentford going winless in all four of their visits to Spurs (D1 L3).
- Tottenham have lost just one of their nine league games with Brentford (W4 D4), losing 2-0 away in March 1948 in the Second Division.
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