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The Premier League returns on Christmas Day as two clubs who picked up big wins last time out meet, but with six weeks since those wins, form will not help for Brentford and Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio Conte’s side are in fourth place as action resumes and could go level on points with second-placed Man City if they win, although they will have played two more games by then, so that you don’t need to get carried away with any title idea. at this point
In any case, victory is far from a foregone conclusion; it was the Bees who beat City last time out as Ivan Toney stole the show after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.
However, how much is up for debate in the coming weeks as he faces a number of charges from the FA for breaches of betting rules.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is Brentford vs Tottenham?
The match will be played at 12:30 GMT on Monday 26 December at Brentford Community Stadium.
Where can I see it?
This and all other Boxing Day matches will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video. This means that while it’s not on a terrestrial or digital TV channel, it can be streamed through any TV or device that has access to the Prime Video app or desktop website. If you’re not an Amazon Prime Video subscriber, start a free 30-day trial here. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow that to influence our content. This income helps fund journalism at The Independent.
What’s the team news?
Ivan Toney is currently still available for selection for Brentford despite betting charges brought against him by the FA. Kristoffer Ajer, Pontus Jansson and Aaron Hickey are the Bees’ most prominent players hoping to return to fitness after being injured before the World Cup break.
Spurs will likely be without World Cup finalists Hugo Lloris and Cristian Romero, both starters for France and Argentina respectively. Ivan Perisic also played a day earlier with Croatia in the play-off for third place. Richarlison picked up an injury while with Brazil and so did Rodrigo Bentancur with Uruguay, so both are likely out.
BRE – Raya, Zanka, Pinnock, Mee, Roerslev, Onyeka, Janelt, Jensen, Henry, Toney, Mbeumo
ALL – Forster, Davinson, Dier, Davies, Royal, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Doherty, Son, Kulusevski, Kane
The Bees will make life difficult for Spurs, who are unlikely to be at their best given some of their squad’s efforts at the World Cup. Brentford 2-1 Tottenham.