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Bulletspur

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Despite a free-scoring pre-season promising exciting times to come under new coach Postecoglou, we are set to start our 2023-24 campaign under a cloud, due to Harry Kane's expected exit for Bayern Munich.

With our record-breaking striker choosing to trade in more personal feats for the chance of lifting silverware in the Bundesliga and beyond, we now approach our first Premier League fixture amid a familiar sense of disorder.

Postecoglou brings a winning mentality to the club after successes in Japan and in Scotland, and the ex-Australia boss has recruited Maddison, Vicario and Van de Ven to boost his options for the months ahead.

After Kane's four-goal haul helped us record a second straight 5-1 win when we met Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month, our final friendly game of the summer saw us beaten by Barcelona in Tuesday's contest for the Joan Gamper Trophy. Skipp bagged an unlikely brace in Catalonia, but we still fell to a 4-2 defeat.

While that may not represent the perfect preparation for Sunday, we have at least lost our opening league game just once in the last seven years, winning on five occasions.



Brentford

By stark contrast with their opponents, Brentford have only won their opening league game in two of the last 11 seasons, though they have not been beaten in either of their two Premier League openers to date - shocking Arsenal in 2021 and holding Leicester City to a 2-2 draw last year.

The Bees - who ultimately finished just one point and one place behind us in last term's Premier League pecking order - sprinted to the finish line during the spring, winning five of their last six games including the last three in a row.

Having not won four consecutive top-flight matches since 1939, they can now do so on Sunday, and a superb recent record in London derbies suggests that could well be possible.

Unbeaten throughout their last nine capital-city fixtures in the Premier League - while winning each of the last four in a row – Thomas Frank's side may be confident of improving a miserable head-to-head record against us: Brentford have won just two of the teams' 10 league meetings.

One of those wins came as recently as May, though, when a 3-1 victoryover us served a severe blow to their hosts' European aspirations - the Bees fought back from behind to beat Ryan we after Kane had put us ahead.

Brentford's own talisman, Ivan Toney, is now unavailable, however, and first-choice goalkeeper David Raya will soon depart. A winless pre-season period - which started and ended with goalless draws either side of a weak showing in the Premier League Summer Series - therefore leaves a repeat of last season's top-half finish seeming a rather tall order.
 
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pvg

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I think we’ve looked good in preseason, but that will count for little on Sunday.

Teams like Brentford are made to counter our new style, and I can imagine us having 60%+ possession and more shots, but Brentford having better shots through set pieces and hitting us on the break. If that happens we’ll be in trouble.

However, if we can neutralise their threat then I think that will be a great sign for the season ahead that Ange's style of football will be effective in the Premier League.
 

BuryMeInEngland

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Spurs

Despite a free-scoring pre-season promising exciting times to come under new coach Postecoglou, we are set to start our 2023-24 campaign under a cloud, due to Harry Kane's expected exit for Bayern Munich.

With our record-breaking striker choosing to trade in more personal feats for the chance of lifting silverware in the Bundesliga and beyond, we now approach our first Premier League fixture amid a familiar sense of disorder.

Postecoglou brings a winning mentality to the club after successes in Japan and in Scotland, and the ex-Australia boss has recruited Maddison, Vicario and Van de Ven to boost his options for the months ahead.

After Kane's four-goal haul helped us record a second straight 5-1 win when we met Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month, our final friendly game of the summer saw us beaten by Barcelona in Tuesday's contest for the Joan Gamper Trophy. Skipp bagged an unlikely brace in Catalonia, but we still fell to a 4-2 defeat.

While that may not represent the perfect preparation for Sunday, we have at least lost our opening league game just once in the last seven years, winning on five occasions.




Brentford

By stark contrast with their opponents, Brentford have only won their opening league game in two of the last 11 seasons, though they have not been beaten in either of their two Premier League openers to date - shocking Arsenal in 2021 and holding Leicester City to a 2-2 draw last year.

The Bees - who ultimately finished just one point and one place behind us in last term's Premier League pecking order - sprinted to the finish line during the spring, winning five of their last six games including the last three in a row.

Having not won four consecutive top-flight matches since 1939, they can now do so on Sunday, and a superb recent record in London derbies suggests that could well be possible.

Unbeaten throughout their last nine capital-city fixtures in the Premier League - while winning each of the last four in a row – Thomas Frank's side may be confident of improving a miserable head-to-head record against us: Brentford have won just two of the teams' 10 league meetings.

One of those wins came as recently as May, though, when a 3-1 victoryover us served a severe blow to their hosts' European aspirations - the Bees fought back from behind to beat Ryan we after Kane had put us ahead.

Brentford's own talisman, Ivan Toney, is now unavailable, however, and first-choice goalkeeper David Raya will soon depart. A winless pre-season period - which started and ended with goalless draws either side of a weak showing in the Premier League Summer Series - therefore leaves a repeat of last season's top-half finish seeming a rather tall order.
Any chance we can get back the kick off time world clock like we used to have on match day threads? Yes, I'm fucking lazy sometimes but it was so much easier to click on it and see ko time locally. Ta!
 

Gassin's finest

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Ah a match thread... Time to leave behind the mental illness of the Harry Kane thread, and get back to some sensible football discussions... 🙃
 

Doctor Dinkey

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Defensively we still look very shaky and I'm not sure how potent that attack will look against determined and well organised Prem defenses. Plus the team's bound to be a bit shell shocked by recent events. And we're away. Would expect Brentford to win this and us to struggle first few games until Ange gets us in the groove and VDV comes up to speed.
 

PaulThurston

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I hate absolutely everything about football except the football.

This is the football. I am looking forward to this and will enjoy it whatever the outcome.

Let's go Ange!

6-6
 

PCozzie

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Cheers @Bulletspur, and happy birthday.

We need to keep that energy and fearlessness we had against Barca and hope there are enough minutes in the legs to get us to the 104th minute. Will be interesting to see what Ange now considers his starting line up, given that pre-season has been almost two parallel teams who haven't mixed that much - though it might depend as much on condition as ability this weekend.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. COYS!
 

spurmin

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Ah a match thread... Time to leave behind the mental illness of the Harry Kane thread, and get back to some sensible football discussions... 🙃
Can’t wait for tomorrow’s player assassinations In here. Wonder which player should never wear a spurs shirt ever again.
(don’t start guessing)
 

Gassin's finest

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Can’t wait for tomorrow’s player assassinations In here. Wonder which player should never wear a spurs shirt ever again.
(don’t start guessing)
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teok

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This is a tough game. They are set up to counter. I'm very impressed with AP's ability to get the fans and players on board so quickly. Let's do our bit and help him/them back, what ever the result.

I know everyone knows this, I'm just thinking out loud really. I'm just glad to be hyped up about spurs again. (y)
 

Sp3akerboxxx

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Would normally say that Brentford should win this.

They're a counter attacking side and we've been absolutely slaughtered on the counter in pre-season.

But they have no quality striker with Toney out, so will struggle to score.

So a draw seems the most likely outcome.
 

Oscar22

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Thank fuck, actual football. We need this game as this site is miserable at the moment and just a constant churn of Levy/Kane/and crying into cornflakes… as much as match threads go a bit bat shit at least it’ll be football again.

Tough call, there’s no way we don’t concede… have to hope our forward players pick up the baton nice and early, and remember all of our current strikers are now able to score in August 😁

Errrr…. Brentford to Nick it 3-2.

Welcome home @Bulletspur

Edit: oh, and if you’re going to the game, ffs sing the names of the players on the pitch, not the guy in Munich.
 

Vwbottom

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Ah a match thread... Time to leave behind the mental illness of the Harry Kane thread, and get back to some sensible football discussions... 🙃
Personally I think we should have Dier further forward in midfield......
 
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greaves

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Thank fuck, actual football. We need this game as this site is miserable at the moment and just a constant churn of Levy/Kane/and crying into cornflakes… as much as match threads go a bit bat shit at least it’ll be football again.

Tough call, there’s no way we don’t concede… have to hope our forward players pick up the baton nice and early, and remember all of our current strikers are now able to score in August 😁

Errrr…. Brentford to Nick it 3-2.

Welcome home @Bulletspur

Edit: oh, and if you’re going to the game, ffs sing the names of the players on the pitch, not the guy in Munich.
Chanting for Skipp, who scored twice, and we win 4 - 1. He’s one of our own.
 
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