The Premier League action continues on Sunday afternoon as Brentford kick off their season against Tottenham. Thomas Frank’s team are hoping to build on an impressive season in the top-flight last year but face a tricky test against Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs.
New summer signing Mark Flekken is set to make his Brentford debut as their previous first-choice goalkeeper David Raya is close to joining Arsenal. Bryan Mbeumo should lead the line in the absence of Ivan Toney, who remains banned until 2024, and defender Nathan Collins could make his Bees debut.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are coming to terms with the departure of Harry Kane. Kane completed his move to Bayern Munich yesterday, and Postecoglou needs to come up with a way to emulate Kane’s impressive goals and assists tally. Brazilian forward Richarlison may be handed a starting role alongside new Spurs captain Son Heung-min. James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, and Guglielmo Vicario await their debuts too and could all play vital parts in today’s outing.
In the match between Brentford and Tottenham, Brentford XI consists of Flekken, Hickey, Collins, Pinnock, Ajer, Henry, Norgaard, Janelt, Jensen, Mbeumo, and Wissa. On the other hand, Tottenham XI includes Vicario, Royal, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie, Skipp, Bissouma, Maddison, Kulusevski, Richarlison, and Son.
Since they last met Brentford in May, when the Bees stung their hosts with a 3-1 win, much has changed at Tottenham Hotspur. Today, the post-Harry Kane era begins, as Spurs also play their first competitive fixture under Ange Postecoglou. The departure of their talisman and leading goalscorer comes after an eighth-placed finish last term and defeat in their final friendly of pre-season, which saw them beaten by Barcelona on Tuesday. Nonetheless, the Lilywhites have lost their first league game just once in the last seven years, winning on five occasions.
While Brentford have won just two of their opening league games over the past 11 seasons, they have not lost either of their two Premier League openers to date. Since promotion in 2021, the Bees have beaten Arsenal and held Leicester City to a 2-2 draw. Thomas Frank’s side finished just one point and one place behind today’s opponents in last term’s final standings, having posted five wins from their final six