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Another new season, another new manager in the dugout at Tottenham Hotspur. Try as they might, replacing Mauricio Pochettino and bringing the right people in at the top of the football club has proven a challenge for Daniel Levy and their summer has been dominated by Harry Kane’s eventual exit. However, Ange Postecoglou has taken the job and his remit is clear – get Tottenham Hotspur moving back in the right direction.  

He could have asked for an easier opening gambit in charge. Thomas Frank and Brentford have proven awkward opposition for the best in the business and the Gtech Community Stadium will be bouncing on Saturday afternoon as they look to defeat another one of the big boys.  

It promises to be a cracker of a match-up on opening weekend and it wouldn’t be complete without creating your own Brentford vs Tottenham bet builder. We’re here to help with that, breaking down the numbers and players to help with your decision-making.  

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BRENTFORD VS Tottenham PREDICTED LINEUPS 

Frank missing key man 

Thomas Frank is often very assured of his XI thanks to the employment of Ivan Toney in attack but the Northampton Town youth product will still be missing here due to suspension. That means that opportunity knocks for others. Vitaly Janelt played plenty of football last season and should sit at the base of the midfield while Yoane Wissa and Keane Lewis-Potter will be given further opportunity in attack.  

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No Harry Kane for new-look Spurs 

Every Tottenham Hotspur line-up last season contained Harry Kane, England’s captain and star man. That means James Maddison should have the freedom of the pitch in an attacking midfield position. It means that Richarlison will now play up front, as he does for Brazil. And in defence, there should be a change with Ben Davies moving into a central defensive position and 20-year-old wing-back Destiny Udogie could debut at left-back.  

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BRENTFORD VS Tottenham TEAM STATS 

Bees more steady than buzzing   

Brentford have defied their standing as a Premier League football club through good recruitment and clever management. They don’t particularly like to keep the ball, sitting fifth bottom for possession and third bottom for passes attempted last term. They don’t have too many shots at goal, only one other side in the league had fewer shots on target per game. And yet despite that, they don’t commit many fouls either, showing that you can see little of the ball and not have to resort to fouling opponents to get on top of the game.  

Spurs looking for big improvement 

Tottenham Hotspur have looked for taskmasters to improve their standing yet years of tutelage under Nuno Espirito Santo, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte ended with a team that conceded 63 Premier League goals.

That needs to improve and they are now taking a different approach to do so – bringing in Postecoglou, a man who wants to play a brave, attacking style of football. That means that to improve the defence, they will need to keep the ball better and it will be interesting to see how that affects their underlying numbers.  

BRENTFORD VS Tottenham PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Mbeumo the man to step up for Brentford 

Brentford don’t have Ivan Toney and won’t have him for some time so somebody else has to step up in his absence. Bryan Mbeumo came closest to performing that role last season. The forward played as a striker, winger and even wing back at times. He finished the season with eight assists, an impressive return for a side that were mid table for goals scored. He also averaged 2.17 shots per 90 minutes (1.73 to have three shots) and 0.99 shots on target (1.44 for a shot on target).  

Hickey likes to leave a mark 

Aaron Hickey has taken time to grow into his role at Brentford, taking up roles on either side of the defence in a back four or five with Frank open to chopping and changing depending on the opposition. His versatility is impressive and the young Scotsman has proven he isn’t afraid to take the game to his opposition. Hickey drew 1.64 fouls per 90 last season, showing just how much of a threat he is on the run down either flank. However, the 21-year-old also picked up seven yellow cards in his 21.3 90s last season, an average of one every three matches.  

Postecoglou will want to be a father figure for Son 

Heung-Min Son has long been the second-in-command to Harry Kane and thrived, yet the 16 contributions he managed last season was his lowest since his second season at Spurs, scoring just ten goals, also a low in his time in England. There is little denying that the 31-year-old is still a player with supreme quality and it’s quality that Postecoglou will hope to unlock once more on a regular basis playing a more attacking brand of football.   

Loose cannon Romero mixes sublime with madness 

Cristian Romero is probably the best centre back available to Postecoglou on paper and the Argentinian is likely to start the season as first-choice. He was booked in the 5-1 friendly win against Shakhtar Donetsk and it came with little surprise – the centre back was booked on 11 occasions last season and committed 1.6 fouls per 90.

His aggressive stance as a defender will be important as his team look to play on the front foot but it could lead to him being caught out. Notably, he also averaged over 60 passes per 90 last season and against a Brentford side that will be comfortable without the ball, Romero passes could be worth adding to your Brentford vs Tottenham bet builder.  

Maddison has his chance at a top football club 

Despite Leicester City being relegated last season, James Maddison was one of the finest players in the Premier League. The diminutive attacking midfielder came close to doing the double-double with ten goals and nine assists in his 27.6 90s and he was never afraid to have a pop at goal, taking on over three shots per game (he has not averaged less than 2.5 since 2017-18) and 0.98 shots on targets (his lowest in the last three seasons).

The recently-capped England man is also one of the league’s most fouled footballers, taking a whack 2.86 times per 90 minutes while also committing more than one per game himself.  

BRENTFORD VS Tottenham MATCHUPS TO WATCH 

Vitaly Janelt vs James Maddison 

As referenced above, James Maddison is one of the most fouled players in the Premier League and pre-season suggests Postecoglou is going to use him as the glue to build his team around, sticking him in the number 10 position where he can get hold of the ball and dominate matches. That means that Vitaly Janelt, the man most likely to be at the base of the Brentford midfield, will have his work cut out – the German averaged 0.9 fouls per 90 minutes last season having averaged 1.02 and 1.43 in the years before.  

Bryan Mbeumo vs Cristian Romero 

A match-up between players that evidently enjoy getting into the heat of the battle. Romero is the type that could pick a fight in a phone box and that aggression will be key for Spurs this season with youthful full backs and a more composed centre-half alongside him. He earned 11 yellow cards and committed 1.6 fouls per 90 last season. He will be up against Mbeumo, the Cameroonian who stepped up massively in the face of Ivan Toney’s suspension, scoring nine times last season. Spurs will be likely to dominate possession and Mbeumo will be tasked with cutting it out at source.

Yoane Wissa vs Emerson Royal 

Pace vs pace. A full back that wants to get high vs a winger that wants to stay high. This has the hallmarks of a defining clash on Sunday afternoon with both players being utilised to stretch the opposition. Wissa is a whippet of a forward and drew 1.46 fouls last season for Brentford while committing 1.18.  

BRENTFORD VS SPURS BET BUILDER TIPS AND PICKS OF THE PACK 

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Brentford vs Tottenham

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Football icon Vitaly Janelt 1+ fouls
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Janelt committed 0.9 fouls per game last season and committed 1.02 and 1.43 fouls for Brentford in previous years. He has Maddison as his direct opponent – who was fouled 2.86 times per 90 minutes last season

Football icon Emerson Royal 1+ fouls
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His direct opponent Wissa fouled an average of 1.46 times per 90 minutes for Brentford last season. Emerson Royal committed 1.09 fouls per 90 last season.

Football icon James Maddison 1+ shots on target
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Maddison averaged 0.98 shots on target last season, along with 0.99 and 1.21 in previous seasons. Brentford conceded second-most shots on target per 90 minutes last season

Football icon Ben Davies 50+ passes
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Postecoglou has a high-possession philosophy, expecting his players to build from the back and Brentford are amongst the lowest possession teams in the Premier League.

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