Premier League football is back after the World Cup break, and we begin in the capital as the Bees host Spurs in a London derby. Both teams won on their last games between the campaign went on pause and will be desperate to build up some momentum this lunchtime.
Brentford will be confident of another scalp after beating Manchester City last time out. Only the top three in the league – Newcastle, City and Arsenal – have lost fewer league games than the Bees, whose home form has been the backbone of their current 10th-place standing.
Spurs, meanwhile, will be keen to overtake oil-rich Newcastle back into third place after a bit of a stutter across October and November, and welcome back Heung-min Son from injury, though Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur are injured. Harry Kane is pushing to play. Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Nick Purewal at the Brentford Community Stadium.
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There is due to be plenty of festive cheer in west London this afternoon. Odds on for plenty of Santa hats and white stick-on beards.
Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Brentford and Tottenham on Boxing Day as top-flight football returns.
Kick-off at the Brentford Community Stadium is at 12.30pm GMT as the two London rivals face off in an intriguing derby clash.
We have Nick Purewal there for us today. Stick with us.