One matchweek down, 37 to go. Spurs opened the campaign with a 4-1 win over Southampton on Saturday and currently sit at the top of the table. Can they stay there?
Here are predictions for the final four matches in August, and how many points Spurs will have at the end of the month.
Sunday, August 14: at Chelsea
If it weren’t for a penalty call late in the first half, Chelsea would have only walked away with a single point from its opener with Everton.
The same Everton that was nearly relegated just a few months ago. And while it was an away match, the Blues were far from convincing in getting three points. It is clear that the team needs more time to gel with the new signings, and there is still the issue of who the top goalscorer will be.
While Tottenham lost to Chelsea in all four meetings last season, it is a new year and they might just be catching them at the right time. But even a draw would be a positive result, considering the match is at Stamford Bridge.
Prediction: Spurs 1, Chelsea 1
Saturday, August 20: vs. Wolves
Much like Chelsea, Wolves weren’t particularly impressive in its season opener. They took an early lead on the road against Leeds, before giving up the equalizer just under 20 minutes later. An own goal in the 74th minute sent Wolves packing with no points and a blown lead.
Wolves finished a respectable 10th in the table last season under a first-year manager, only five points out of a European spot. Their biggest issue however is scoring goals. Last season they scored just 38, ranking 17th in the Premier League.
Still, without a top goalscoring option this campaign, expect Spurs to be able to break down a Wolves squad that struggled in matchweek one with a team that was nearly relegated last season.
Prediction: Spurs 2, Wolves 0
Sunday, August 28: at Nottingham Forest
Facing one of the newly promoted sides in matchweek four, Spurs should have the advantage although the match is on the road.
While it is likely too early in the season to analyze Forest after playing just one competitive match – a 2-0 loss versus Newcastle – it does appear that it could be a struggle for them in a return to the Premier League after a 23-year absence.
In the opener, Forest managed only five shots, including none on target. When they face Spurs it will also be their third match in just over a week, since they face an early Carabao Cup second-round tie. Expect a comfortable win for the visitors.
Prediction: Spurs 3, Forest 1
Wednesday, August 31: at West Ham
In a second London Derby matchup, Spurs will face a team that has, by most accounts, overachieved the last two seasons.
And while West Ham has qualified for European competition in consecutive years, including reaching last season’s Europa League semifinals, there has been one consistent – and glaring – issue. Lack of depth has cost the team even better finishes in the table the last two years, and that was even more obvious last season when the Hammers had to prioritize the Europa League over chasing the top four.
Yet even after another transfer window, it doesn’t seem like West Ham’s depth has improved much, if at all. While they have signed five new players, they have also seen a number of them depart, meaning they need even more signings with the deadline fast approaching.
While losing 2-0 in the opener to Manchester City, the Hammers looked overmatched. With a plethora of new signings and improved depth, Tottenham should be able to win over a team that will be playing its third match in six days.
Prediction: Spurs 2, West Ham 1
Through the first full month of the new campaign, I expect Spurs to have won four of five matches, only dropping points against Chelsea away. 13 points out of a possible 15 is a great start, as I expect the club to take advantage of a lighter schedule before domestic cup and Champions League fixtures get added to the schedule.
How do you think Spurs will fare throughout the rest of August?
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