Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Brentford on Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham make the short trip to West London to kick off their Premier League campaign against Thomas Frank’s side in their first outing without the club’s record goalscorer Harry Kane after he completed a move to Bayern Munich.
Ange Postecoglou will get his first taste of English top flight action and will be looking to get off to the best possible start to help put behind what has been a very difficult and distracting week for all involved with the club.
Merson believes that the Australian will get off to a winning start by taking all three points at the Brentford Community Stadium, highlighting that the absence of another key striker, Ivan Toney will also come as a blow to the home side.
Merson backs Spurs to beat Brentford
He told SportsKeeda before Kane had made the switch from Bayern: “I worry for Brentford this season. They didn’t do well in pre-season and lost and drew a lot of their games. Ivan Toney is out for a long time, and they could struggle badly this year. They did great last season, so as long as they don’t get relegated, fair play to them.
“The only way Tottenham can make it to the top four this season is if they keep Harry Kane. If he stays, you never know – he scores goals. With the midfield he was working with, 30 goals in a Premier League season is mindblowing.
“This is a good game for Tottenham. Brentford will have to do without Toney and if you don’t win against them, you’ve got to ask a lot of serious questions. I’d be shocked if Tottenham don’t win this game.
“Prediction: Brentford 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur.”
A win for Tottenham will go some way to silencing some doubters who will clearly run with the fact that a defeat will mean they are in for a difficult season without the club record goalscorer.
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