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Tottenham vs Brentford LIVE commentary: Spurs aim for Europe while Bees begin life without Toney


May 19, 2023
Tottenham vs Brentford LIVE commentary: Spurs aim for Europe while Bees begin life without Toney


Tottenham host Brentford in the opening fixture of the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, exclusively live on talkSPORT. 

Spurs will be out to secure themselves a place in Europe, with a seventh-placed finish achieving Europa Conference League qualification.

Brentford will be without Toney for eight months


Brentford will be without Toney for eight months

Ryan Mason’s side will be desperate to end the season positively after having a disappointing, controversy-filled year so far. 

But it’s the Bees who are aiming to pile on the misery for Spurs by finishing strongly after securing a top-ten finish in the top flight. 

However, they will have to do it without top scorer Ivan Toney who has now started his eight-month ban from all footballing activity due to breaching the FA’s 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 12:30pm. 

talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Reshmin Chowdhury. 

Commentary will then come from Sam Matterface and former England defender Stuart Pearce. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Tottenham are desperate for a positive end to the season


Tottenham are desperate for a positive end to the season

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 defeat to Aston Villa but may be back for this one but the same can’t be said for Rodrigo Bentancur and Ryan Sessegnon who are ruled out for the season. 

Brentford meanwhile 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 encouraged by their win last weekend with a front 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 remaining two games of the season.

But Thomas Strakosha is fit and will be in the matchday squad

Lloris may have played his last game for Tottenham


Lloris may have played his last game for Tottenham

Tottenham vs Brentford: What has been said? 

Toney released a statement following the announcement that he will be banned for breaching the FA’s betting rules.

He tweeted: “Today I have received notification of my eight-month ban from football following a hearing before an FA Regulatory Commission that took place yesterday.

“I am naturally disappointed that I will be unable to play for the next eight months.

“The written reasons for the Commission’s decision have not yet been published, so I make no further comment at this point 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 now focus on returning to play the game I love next season.”

Toney will now not be able to play until 2024


Toney will now not be able to play until 2024

Tottenham vs Brentford: Match facts 

  • Harry Kane has scored nine goals for Tottenham in Premier League London derby matches this season – only one player has ever reached double figures in a single campaign, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink doing so in 2001-02 (10).
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored in 24 different Premier League games this season, the joint-most in a 38-game season in the competition. He’s also scored in a league-high six defeats this season, with only three players netting in more losses 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 joint-most in a single Premier League campaign (also 1992-93, 1998-99 and 1999-00). The last team to net more headers were Liverpool in their 2019-20 title winning season (18).
  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League London derby matches and are looking to win four consecutive league games against fellow 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’s (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, with Spurs doing 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 final 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’ve never done so in three consecutive campaigns in their league history.
  • Tottenham have lost their final home league game in just two of the last 14 seasons (W11 D1), going down 2-1 against Aston Villa in 2020-21, and 2-1 against Southampton in 2015-16.
  • The away side has won just one of the nine previous league games between Tottenham and Brentford (D4 L4), with Brentford winless in their four visits to Spurs (D1 L3).
  • Tottenham have lost just one of their nine league matches with Brentford (W4 D4), going down 2-0 away from home in March 1948 in the second tier.

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