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It’s the start of a new era at Tottenham Hotspur, so what will this new campaign produce in N17?
Last season was shambolic for Spurs, sacking Antonio Conte in March and then Cristian Stellini in April, eventually finishing eighth, thereby failing to qualify for Europe for the first time since 2009/10.
Tottenham required a refresh, so they’ve turned Ange Postecoglou, who will become the first Aussie to ever manage in England’s top-flight.
He’s previously won the A-League with Brisbane Roar, the Asia Cup in charge of the Socceroos, the J.League with Yokohama F. Marinos and then five major honours during two seasons as manager of Celtic.
Postecoglou’s attacking, free-flowing style will be refreshing for Spurs fans who’ve grown weary of the defensive, pragmatic football utilised by José Mourinho, briefly Nuno Espírito Santo and then Conte.
Results though will of course dictate whether or not his tenure is a success, with Spurs’ aims this season to get back into Europe and, finally, end their trophy draught that infamously stretches back to 2008.
Postecoglou did lose his first three away games in charge of Celtic, so he’ll certainly be hoping to make a better start in this London derby.
Brentford meantime actually finished just one point and one place below Spurs last season, with the Bees recording their highest top-flight finish for 85 years.
Thomas Frank’s team emphatically avoided second-season syndrome, ending the campaign with five wins out of six, including beating Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs, prevailing 3-1 in North London back in May.
Both times Tottenham have visited the Community Stadium, it’s ended all square and, given that Brentford lost just twice at home all season last time round, this’ll remain a tough place to go.
So, can the Bees claim a notable opening weekend scalp, or will the Ange era at Spurs enjoy a winning start?
Brentford team news
The big pre-season news is the fact that Ivan Toney cannot feature until mid-January, having broken the FA’s betting rules.
He leaves an enormous void in attack, one that Kevin Schade will hope to fill, after his loan from Freiburg was made permanent this summer.
Speaking of Freiburg, that’s where Brentford’s new goalkeeper Mark Flekken has arrived from, and the Dutchman will debut here, with David Raya on his way to Arsenal.
Centre-back Nathan Collins could also make his first appearance in red and white, having arrived from Wolves for £22 million.
Thomas Frank often switches to a back five against elite opposition so, if he deploys a 4-3-3 here, that’s an indication that he believes Spurs are there for the taking.
Predicted XI (5-3-2): Flekken; Hickey, Pinnock, Collins, Mee, Henry; Jensen, Onyeka, Nørgaard; Mbeumo, Schade.
Tottenham Hotspur team news
The post-Harry Kane era begins, after he joined Bayern Munich for over £100 million on Saturday.
After scoring just once in the Premier League last season, Richarlison will lead the line here.
In terms of new signings, Guglielmo Vicario has arrived in goal, Micky van de Ven is set to start at centre-back, while James Maddison and Manor Solomon could debut further forward.
Oliver Skipp scored twice against Barcelona in Tuesday’s Joan Gamper Trophy at Montjuïc, so has that earned him a start here?
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Vicario; Emerson, Romero, van de Ven, Davies; Skipp, Bissouma, Kuluševski, Maddison, Son Heung-min; Richarlison.