Perennial mid-table side Brentford got off on decent footing in their opening fixture of the 2023-24 Premier League campaign when Thomas Frank’s Bees fought to a 2-2 draw in front of home support at Gtech Stadium against Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham in the first match of the post-Harry Kane era.
Brentford fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead by the 36th minute thanks to forward pair Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa before the one-goal advantage was canceled out by an Emerson Royal strike in the third minute of added time before the half-time interval.
That scoreline would remain unchanged and would see Brentford grab a point against a possible top-six candidate in Spurs despite Kane’s departure, which certainly offers a credible platform to move into their weekend capital derby against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Marco Silva’s Cottagers faired a bit better than the Bees, however, marching away from Merseyside with a 1-0 win at Everton that will no doubt fill them with confidence coming into their first home fixture of the new season, regardless of questions surrounding the immediate future of veteran attacking pair Aleksandar Mitrović and Willian.
In what should be a hotly-contested tie, Brentford should have every chance of taking something on the day.
Thomas Frank will have similar questions regarding selection coming into the weekend as he did seven days ago but could bank on continuity in a team that may only see one change from their last time out.
With Ivan Toney suspended until January expect the Wissa-Mbeumo partnership to continue up top to lead the line.
Questions persist surrounding Frank Onyeka, Mathias Jensen, and Ben Mee, though Jansen is currently slated to be included in the team sheet just as he was on matchday one, while Onyeka and Mee are larger doubts and are not anticipated to start at the time of writing.
The lone change could see Mathias Jørgensen (Zanka) slot into the left center-back role in place of Kristoffer Ajer, but it would not be a surprise to see the Norwegian retain his place in the team.