Brentford are well stocked for the visit of struggling Stoke, as only Luka Racic and Mads Bech Sorensen are unavailable.
However, the Bees have only won one of the past six games, and only two in the whole season so far.
Stoke City are yet to record a league win and remain without talismanic captain Ryan Shawcross (broken leg).
Summer signing Nick Powell is continuing his recovery while midfielder Joe Allen is suspended.
However, boss Nathan Jones says he had an “almost fully-fit squad” to select from otherwise.
- Brentford are unbeaten in their last three home league matches against Stoke (W2 D1 L0) since a 1-0 defeat in January 2000.
- Stoke, who lost 1-3 against Brentford in January in Nathan Jones’ first league match in charge, have never lost consecutive league matches against the Bees.
- Brentford have the second worst conversion rate in the Championship this season (5.3%), while Stoke have conceded the highest percentage of their shots faced (23.3%).
- Stoke are winless in their last 23 league matches in London (W0 D9 L14) since a 2-1 win at Spurs in November 2014.
- The two players with the most touches in the opposition box in the Championship this season without scoring a goal are Brentford’s Sergi Canos (35) and Henrik Dalsgaard (30).
- Stoke last failed to win any of their opening eight league matches of a season in the 1989-90 campaign, when they were relegated from the second tier.
Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a point in their Champions League Group B opener against Olympiakos in Greece.
Two goals in four first-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Lucas Moura’s scorching 20-yard finish.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded shortly before half-time through impressive Portuguese winger Daniel Podence’s quality finish.
That lifted the passionate home crowd and Olympiakos equalised from the game’s second penalty, former France forward Mathieu Valbuena beating Hugo Lloris, the current Les Bleus captain, from the spot.
Tottenham’s result means both of last season’s Champions League finalists have failed to win their opening group games, after holders Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy on Tuesday.
In Group B’s other game on Wednesday, Bayern Munich beat Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in Germany thanks to goals by Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.
Sloppy Spurs fail to hang on – again
Pochettino’s side showed Herculean spirit to go all the way to the final last season yet were far from their best as they made a shaky return to the competition in the port city of Piraeus.
Having allowed a 2-0 lead to slip against Arsenal in the Premier League on 1 September – again after conceding late at the end of the first half – this is the second time in three games they been left to reflect on what might have been.
With five-time winners Bayern and the unpredictable Red Star, who beat Liverpool last season, also in the group, Pochettino will hope this result does not come back to haunt his side.
Kane won the penalty which led to him breaking the deadlock, the Spurs striker clearly tripped by Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah. Then Moura produced an emphatic finish after Ben Davies marked his return by winning back possession and laying on the pass for the Brazil winger to score an outstanding goal.
On a night of missed opportunities, Kane could have had a hat-trick.
Yet, on two separate occasions, Dele Alli – making his first start of the season – and substitute Erik Lamela decided to go for glory instead of choosing the easier option of squaring to Kane to score.
Away day trouble for Spurs
Having failed to win any of their first three group games last season, Tottenham know a point in Greece could yet prove critical.
Yet they have won just five of their 17 away games in all competitions this calendar year, including an FA Cup tie at then-League Two club Tranmere Rovers.
Since winning 2-1 at Fulham in the league on 20 January, Spurs have managed just two victories on the road – both in Europe, against Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
It is something of a worry for Pochettino, who heads straight back to England with his squad to prepare for a Saturday lunchtime game at Leicester City.
It could have been worse.
When the game was goalless and during a slow start by the visitors, Olympiakos hit the post through Miguel Angel Guerrero.
That prompted Pochettino to leap out of his seat and make it known from the sidelines that he was not happy by his side’s performance.
His actions had some impact as Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead before being pegged back on a deeply frustrating night.
Man of the match – Daniel Podence (Olympiakos)
Letting it slip – the stats
- This was the second time that Tottenham have failed to win a Champions League game having been two goals ahead – and the first since drawing 2-2 with Werder Bremen in September 2010.
- Since the start of last season, Spurs have conceded more goals than any other side in the Champions League (21).
- Olympiakos are without a win in nine Champions League matches, their longest winless run in the competition.
- Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (19) and Roberto Soldado (19) scored their first 15 Champions League goals in fewer games than Harry Kane (20).
- Lucas Moura scored just his second goal from outside the box for Tottenham in all competitions – and his first since August 2018 against Fulham.
Tottenham are back in Premier League action at 12:30 BST on Saturday when they are at Leicester City, while their next Champions League Group B game is at home to Bayern Munich on 1 October.
Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone by drawing against a West Ham side who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku’s red card.
Masuaku was dismissed with 23 minutes left after picking up two bookings.
Before that, the game’s major talking point saw Anwar El Ghazi clash heads with Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings, although no action was taken.
Villa’s John McGinn had plenty of the game’s better chances, forcing Lukasz Fabianski into two saves.
Both sides had frantic attacks late on, with penalty shouts at both ends, but neither could find the decisive touch.
Collisions and red card the name of the game
There were plenty of big hits and tackles, more so than major goalscoring opportunities.
The major incident in the first half involved two Villa players – Mings was furious with El Ghazi’s lack of defensive help and started shouting in his face.
At that moment, Netherlands winger El Ghazi nudged his head into Mings’ face. He could have been sent off, but referee Mike Dean and the video assistant referee decided the contact was not sufficient to produce a red card.
Elsewhere, the physios were busy, as Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski flattened El Ghazi as he punched a cross clear, and McGinn hurt himself after tackling Sebastien Haller when Angelo Ogbonna accidentally stood on him.
There were five yellow cards in the game, and two of them landed to Masuaku – one in each half. The first was more straightforward, with a heavy challenge on Frederic Guilbert, who needed treatment.
But the second tackle to produce the red card – Dean’s 102nd as a Premier League official – was a tackle on substitute Ahmed Elmohamady, who went down easily.
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton was in no doubt that it was the right decision, calling the tackle “reckless and brainless”.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini disagreed with the decision to send off his left-back. “It was a typical sending off when you play away, with the pressure of the fans in every foul,” he told BBC Sport.
Villa captain Jack Grealish said his side “got worse when they went down to 10 men”, adding: “We tried to rush things and force things and gave the ball away.”
His manager Dean Smith agreed, saying: “I thought 11 v 11 we were really good and created the best chances. I expected a little better of us when they went down to 10.
“We never used that extra man and got rushed on the ball rather than keeping our structure.”
Both sides miss decisive touch
Both sides had grand plans for a win – Villa had the opportunity to move two points clear of the bottom three, while West Ham could have gone third in the table.
The visitors had more chances, but Villa had the better ones.
The best opening probably fell to Villa striker Wesley, who headed wide from about six yards out after a fine Grealish cross.
McGinn was his usual classy self and went close with several shots from outside the box.
“We were brilliant defensively, with our second clean sheet in row at Villa Park,” said Grealish. “We need to be deadlier in front of goal. As soon as we are, everything will click into place.”
West Ham’s much-hyped attacking quartet of Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson struggled to create many opportunities.
Mark Noble’s seventh-minute snap shot, which was straight at goalkeeper Tom Heaton, proved to be their only shot on target.
“We played with 10 men exactly the same as 11,” said Hammers boss Pellegrini. “I’m very happy with the personality and performance. If you cannot win, don’t lose it.
“We did a complete game. I want to see in every game the attitude we saw tonight. I’m happy with the way we’re improving.”
Villa move out of the bottom three on goal difference, while West Ham are eighth.
Man of the match – Issa Diop (West Ham)
Match stats – Villa’s second worst start
- Only in 1997-98 did Aston Villa accrue fewer points after the opening five games of a Premier League campaign (three) than they have managed this season (four).
- West Ham have suffered just one defeat in their past nine top-flight games (W5 D3), after losing five of the seven before that.
- Eight of the 41 Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and West Ham have ended goalless, the highest proportion (19.5%) of any fixture in the competition that’s been played 30-plus times.
- Since their return to the Premier League in 2012-13, West Ham have picked up 22 red cards in the competition (level with Arsenal), with only Newcastle managing more during this period (26).
- Mike Dean racked up his 102nd red card in the Premier League, 35 more than any other referee has awarded in the competition (Phil Dowd is next on 67).
- Since the start of last season, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has been fouled 179 times in league football (including play-offs), 49 more than any other player in the top four tiers.
Both sides play ‘big six’ teams on Sunday. West Ham are at home to Manchester United (14:00 BST), while Villa go to Arsenal (16:30).
A man has been stabbed to death in an attack on a street in north London.
The 30-year-old was found with serious injuries in Houndsfield Road, Edmonton, shortly after 20:10 BST on Saturday. He died at the scene less than an hour later.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody.
Police said the victim’s family has yet to be informed and efforts are continuing to formally identify the dead man.
A man has been charged with the murder of another man who was shot dead outside a shop in north-west London.
Craig Small died in hospital after he was shot in Harrow Road, Wembley, on 5 July.
Courtney Ellis, 34, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice.
Mr Ellis, of Mafeking Avenue, Brentford, is due to appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Two other men – Horaine Nicholas, 29, of Crawford Avenue, Wembley, and Christopher Kyei, 32, of Craig Mount, Radlett, Hertfordshire – have been charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear at the same court.
A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of a prohibited firearm has been released under investigation.
A 17-year-old boy has been stabbed to death on a street in central London.
The teenager was found with multiple injuries after police were called to Edgware Road near the junction of Church Street just before 14:00 BST.
He was taken to hospital but died at 19:30. His next of kin have been informed, the Met Police said.
No arrests have been made and a Section 60 order, giving police additional stop and search powers, has been enforced in the area until 05:00 on Wednesday.
Det Ch Insp Andy Partridge said the victim’s family had been “left heartbroken” by the boy’s death.
“We are keen to hear from anyone with information that can help us build a clearer picture of what took place,” he said.
Reigning Women’s Super League champions Arsenal got the new season off to a winning start start as they narrowly beat a spirited West Ham.
Beth Mead put Arsenal ahead with a fine 18-yard strike into the bottom corner.
Debutant Jill Roord made it 2-0 as she fired the ball in first time from Mead’s clever lay-off.
But the Hammers hit back through Martha Thomas’ header while France striker Kenza Dali twice hit the woodwork in a tense final 10 minutes.
The Gunners were without last season’s top scorer Vivianne Miedema, who was nursing a slight hamstring injury, with Mead occupying her role at the point of the Arsenal attack.
Having had the better of the first half Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk swept the ball over the bar from five yards out seconds after the restart as Arsenal, who now face Fiorentina in the Champions League on Thursday, looked as though they would dominate.
But West Ham got back into the game after Thomas scored and could have been level by the end.
Dali had a free-kick strike the post after deflecting off the wall with 12 minutes to go, while a mix-up between Katie McCabe and goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger saw the Austrian pick up the Irish defender’s pass and Dali struck the crossbar from the resulting indirect free-kick.
The match also saw the return of Jordan Nobbs as the England and Arsenal midfielder came on in the second half for her first competitive game since suffering a serious knee ligament injury last November which forced her to miss this summer’s World Cup.
She almost marked her appearance with a goal when her effort from the edge of the box drifted just wide.
A sex offender who concealed a spy camera in the ladies’ toilets at Pinewood Studios has been jailed.
Maintenance worker Peter Hartley, 50, planted a miniature motion-triggered camera behind a grille in the toilets at the studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.
The camera was spotted by a woman working on the new James Bond film in June, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.
Hartley, of Uxbridge, west London, was jailed for 16 months.
He will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Hartley, who was working as a maintenance man, was caught after the worker noticed light reflecting from the lens similar “to light reflecting off the face of a watch” and used a screwdriver to take off the grill.
Prosecutor Daniel Wright told the court the device was marketed as a “spy camera” and Hartley had used a piece of tape to cover its LED light to try to stop it being detected.
Hartley, who has a history of similar offences dating back to 2008, contacted his public protection officer at the Met Police later that morning to tell him he had reoffended.
He has previous convictions for placing cameras in a council building in Coventry in 2009 and for placing one in the changing rooms of a leisure centre in 2016.
Hartley has a total of three convictions for eight offences.
He later pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court.
In a victim impact statement, the young woman who found the camera said she had needed mental health treatment and had suffered from acute anxiety.
Jailing Hartley, Judge Francis Sheridan said the victim’s life “has been devastated by a dirty-minded individual who preys on women.
London’s Metropolitan Police Service has revealed that it supplied the images used in facial recognition scans carried out by the developers of the King’s Cross estate.
The police force had previously said it had not been involved, but has now acknowledged that this was “incorrect”.
London’s mayor has asked for a report to reveal exactly what data was shared with whom “as a matter of urgency”.
The Surveillance Camera Commissioner is also making inquiries.
“In light of this acknowledgement from the MPS I will be contacting senior officers at the force to understand how they were complying with section 33 of the Protection of Freedoms Act and paying due regard to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice,” Tony Porter told the BBC.
The code requires there to be “as much transparency” as possible and a clear justification for the use of a facial recognition system.
A spokesman for the Met said it had shared the images “to assist in the prevention of crime” under “a local agreement” made with the King’s Cross Estate partnership.
“The MPS has not shared any images with the King’s Cross Estate, or any related company, for facial recognition purposes since March 2018,” he added.
The King’s Cross development covers a 67-acre (0.3-sq-km) area containing shops, offices and leisure activities. It is privately owned but much of the area is open to the public.
The BBC has again asked the developer Argent whether there were any notices on show to tell the public and workers that it was making use of facial recognition tech. But a spokeswoman declined to add anything to the statement it had already issued earlier this week.
It said that two facial recognition cameras had been operational until March 2018, but work to introduce a replacement system had been stopped.
The firm’s use of the tech is already under investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Argent has not publicly disclosed what software it was using to power its system.
Researchers have raised concerns that some systems are vulnerable to bias as they are more likely to misidentify women than men, and darker-skinned people than others. Earlier this week, the Met’s most senior officer, Cressida Dick, drew attention to the problem.
The latest development comes the same day that the High Court ruled that separate tests of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology by South Wales Police were lawful. The trials had been challenged by a man who had claimed his human rights had been breached when he was photographed while shopping.
One critic of facial recognition technology said that there was now a need for a parliamentary inquiry.
“We need to debate whether we want [automated facial recognition] and if we do, under what conditions and with what safeguards,” commented researcher Stephanie Hare.
“The British public has not been given the opportunity to express its views on something that is so inaccurate, so invasive, and so threatens their privacy and civil liberties.
“It is out of control at present and what we have learned today is that the London Met has, at a minimum, not been able to provide correct information.”
Facial-recognition technology has not been used at London’s King’s Cross Central development since March 2018, according to the 67-acre (0.3-sq-km) site’s developer.
When the use of the technology was initially reported, by the Financial Times in August, a spokeswoman said it was to “ensure public safety”.
The partnership now says only two on-site cameras used facial recognition.
They had been in one location and had been used to help the police, it added.
According to a statement on its website, the two cameras were operational between May 2016 and March 2018 and the data gathered was “regularly deleted”.
The King’s Cross partnership also denied any data had been shared commercially.
It had used it to help the Metropolitan and British Transport Police “prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood”, it said.
But both forces told BBC News they were unaware of any police involvement.
It said it had since shelved further work on the technology and “has no plans to reintroduce any form of FRT [facial-recognition technology] at the King’s Cross estate”.
The duties of the role included: “To oversee and monitor the health, safety and welfare of all officers across the King’s Cross estate using CCTV, Facewatch and surveillance tactics.”
The advert was later amended to remove this detail, after BBC News raised the issue.
Following the FT’s report, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched an investigation into how the facial-recognition data gathered was being stored.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also wrote to the King’s Cross Central development group asking for reassurance its use of facial-recognition technology was legal.
The latest statement was posted online on the eve of technology giant Samsung opening an event space on the site, with a launch event planned for Tuesday evening, 3 September.
The FT reporter who broke the original story described the statement as “strange”.
One critic of facial-recognition technology, Dr Stephanie Hare, said many questions remained about what had been going on in the area, which, while privately owned, is open to the public and contains a number of bars, restaurants and family spaces.
“It does not change the fundamentals of the story in terms of the implications for people’s privacy and civil liberties, or the need for the ICO to investigate – they deployed this technology secretly for nearly two years,” she said.
“Even if they deleted data, I would want to know, ‘Did they do anything with it beforehand, analyse it, link it to other data about the people being identified? Did they build their own watch-list? Did they share this data with anyone else? Did they use it to create algorithms that have been shared with anyone else? And most of all, were they comparing the faces of people they gathered to a police watch-list?'”
Dr Hare also said it was unclear why the partnership had stopped using it.
“Was it not accurate? Ultimately unhelpful? Or did they get what they needed from this 22-month experiment?” she said.