Tottenham’s miserable away form continued last weekend as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at fellow European chasers Aston Villa, a result that extended their winless league run on the road to seven matches.
Harry Kane’s converted penalty kick in second-half stoppage time proved inconsequential as goals either side of half time from Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz helped Villa complete the league double over a Spurs side that lacked “togetherness” according to interim boss Ryan Mason.
After battling their way into the top four last season, the North Londoners can only finish as high as sixth in the Premier League this term, although that seems a tall order as Brighton & Hove Albion
currently occupy that position with an extra point and two games in hand. Spurs could even miss out on European football altogether as Mason’s men in seventh sit level on points with eighth-placed Aston Villa.
Defensive frailties have been a key factor behind Tottenham’s notable dip in form as they have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 league games, and they have conceded at least twice in six matches during this run.
Spurs also conceded twice in a 2-2 draw against Brentford in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, but they can at least take some confidence from their home record versus the Bees as they have won each of their last three home meetings by a 2-0 scoreline.
Indeed, the Bees, who are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League London derbies, still have an outside chance of securing European football for next season, as a victory on Saturday would
see them move to within one point of seventh-placed Tottenham heading into their final fixture of the campaign, albeit a home encounter against champions-elect Manchester City.
Brentford’s away form leaves a little to be desired as they have only come out on top in two of their last 10 league matches on the road, although those two victories were recorded in London including a 2-0 success over Chelsea at the end of April.
However, the Bees are winless in four previous meetings against Spurs and have won only one of their last nine encounters either home or away against the North Londoners, securing a 2-0 victory back in March 1948 when the two sides were competing in the second tier.