Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Tottenham vs Brentford in the Premier League on Thursday; kick-off 7.30pm.
Cristian Romero faces an extended lay-off for Tottenham, with boss Antonio Conte admitting his hamstring injury is a significant one.
“He needs a long time to recover,” Conte said ahead of Thursday’s game. “It is a pity because he is an important player for us; the injury is very serious.
“I don’t know [when he will return] – January, February. But for 2021, he has finished.”
Romero’s international team-mate Giovani Lo Celso is out with an unspecified problem, but there are no other issues for Spurs, whose fixture at Burnley last weekend was scuppered by the weather.
Brentford will pick from the same squad in north London after Sergi Canos, Rico Henry and Christian Norgaard shook off knocks picked up against Everton on Sunday.
Kristoffer Ajer has another three to four weeks in the treatment room as he recovers from a hamstring injury while Mathias Jorgensen also remains sidelined.
Tariqe Fosu is out with a hamstring injury and will be assessed on a weekly basis.
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Last time out…
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Brentford in all competitions (W8 D3), since a 2-0 loss in March 1948. Their most recent meeting was in the EFL Cup last season, a 2-0 semi-final victory for Spurs.
- This is the first top-flight meeting between Tottenham and Brentford, with the Bees winning just one of their six second tier meetings between 1947 and 1949 (D2 L3).
- Before football was suspended due to lockdown in March 2020, Tottenham had never lost a Premier League match on a Thursday (W7 D5). Since then, Spurs have lost three of their five Thursday matches in the competition (W1 D1).
- Tottenham have lost each of their last five Premier League London derby matches, last losing more consecutively between March 2003 and January 2004 (6).
- Brentford ended a run of five Premier League matches without a win (D1 L4) with a 1-0 home win over Everton last time out. The Bees are looking for consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since September 1946.
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