Tottenham Hotspur will start their 2017-18 season away to newly promoted Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The last time Tottenham visited the Magpies, the season ended in disaster, losing 5-1 to 10 man and already relegated Newcastle, allowing North-London rivals Arsenal to leapfrog them on what was the last day of the season.
Spurs will look to win revenge over the Tyne-Siders on the opening day of the season, the 12th of August.
Tottenham’s first game at Wembley in the Premier League will be against 2017 Champions, Chelsea. In April this fixture was a Semi-Final clash in the FA Cup, but on the 19th of August, it will pave the way ahead for Spurs at Wembley.
Tottenham’s third and final game in August is another trip to Wembley, this time hosting Burnley.
Spurs face a trip to West Ham on the 23rd of September and will look to avoid losing for a third successive time on Hammer territory. The return fixture will be Tottenham’s very last game of 2017, on the 30th of December.
Tottenham make the trip to the Emirates Stadium on the 18th of November, with the return game played on the 10th of February at Wembley.
In analysing this fixture list, the toughest test of the season undoubtedly comes at the end of January stretching to the end of February. During 25 days between the 31st of January and the 24th of February, Spurs will face Manchester United (H), Liverpool (A) and then Arsenal (H).
Following the North-London derby in mid-February comes immediately another London derby away to Crystal Palace. Though the rivalry is much smaller in stature, the significance and rigor of the match must not be taken for granted.
However, Tottenham’s final run-in allows for some great momentum. After making the trip to Stamford Bridge at the end of March and hosting Manchester City on the 14th of April, Spurs end the season with matches against Brighton (A), Watford (H), West Brom (A) and Leicester (H).
That said, momentum at the beginning of the season may be hard to come by, again, for Spurs. Tottenham’s 5 first home games are against Chelsea, Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Liverpool.
I personally was hoping for the first few fixtures at Wembley to be against smaller sides. Playing Chelsea so soon, when we haven’t yet acclimatised to Wembley Stadium, might be very problematic and cause the move to the national stadium much harder on the players than anticipated. That home game against Chelsea is already, for me, a must win.
You can find the full fixture list on BBC and SkySports.
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