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Thomas Frank is not expecting to come to blows with opposite number Antonio Conte when Brentford face London rivals Tottenham for the first time ever in the Premier League.
Brentford make the short trip to Tottenham on the back of a 1-0 win over Everton, snapping a five-game winless run for the Bees in the top flight.
Tottenham have had a full week's rest between matches following the postponement of Sunday's showdown with Burnley due to heavy snow.
Frank and Conte are well known for their fiery antics on the touchline, but the former does not anticipate anything getting out of hand on Thursday.
"If he behaves there will be no problem," Frank said. "I like the way he is on the touchline. I've only met him once before, when I was assistant at Aston Villa.
"I can't remember if anything happened. (Chelsea) won 4-0 or something, but he was top class after. What happens when the 90 minutes is going is one thing, but after is another.
"I think Conte is one of the best managers in the world."
Tottenham have lost each of their last five London derbies in the Premier League and were stunned 2-1 by Slovenian minnows Mura in their most recent match in the Europa League.
Conte has won two of his four games since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo and criticised his players last week, but the Italian is not looking ahead to the January transfer window.
"January is very far. We have to concentrate on this month because this month we play many games," he said. "We need to move the table and get points.
"For us it's very important to stay close to the teams ahead of us. January is very far. I'm totally focused on the team to get the best out of my players.
"Then we'll see what happens. I repeat: we have to play many games and I need all the players. I count on all the players. I trust in these players and we're working well."
Tottenham - Harry Kane
England international Kane has just one goal in 11 top-flight outings this season, with that coming against Newcastle United in mid-October.
However, he was on target against Mura last time out and has scored eight goals in eight Premier League appearances on Thursdays, averaging a goal every 84 minutes.
Brentford - Ivan Toney
Toney scored the only goal of the game for Brentford from the penalty spot in their win against Everton at the weekend, making it goals in back-to-back matches.
He has four goals in 13 Premier League appearances overall this term, which is two more than any other Brentford player.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Brentford in all competitions (W8 D3), since a 2-0 loss in March 1948. Their most recent meeting was in the EFL Cup last season, a 2-0 semi-final victory for Spurs.
- This is the first ever top-flight meeting between Tottenham and Brentford, with the Bees winning just one of their six second tier meetings between 1947 and 1949 (D2 L3).
- Before football was suspended due to lockdown in March 2020, Tottenham had never lost a Premier League match on a Thursday (W7 D5). Since then, Spurs have lost three of their five Thursday matches in the competition (W1 D1).
- Brentford ended a run of five Premier League matches without a win (D1 L4) with a 1-0 home win over Everton last time out. The Bees are looking for consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since September 1946.
- In the Premier League, Spurs boss Conte has a win percentage of 44 per cent in London derbies (P16 W7 D3 L6) - in games against teams not from London, the Italian has a win ratio of 73 per cent (P62 W45 D8 L9).
Updated December 1, 2021