Supercomputer suggests Premier League fixture list has been kind to Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fans will be looking forward to the new season with the club about play their first full season at their new stadium.

They have also added Tanguy Ndombele to the squad and fans will be hoping that more players arrive before the close of the transfer window next Thursday.

One massive advantage Tottenham could have this season is the fixture list they have been handed.

The Fantasy Premier League Fixture Difficulty Ranking, or FDR, suggests that the fixture list has been extremely kind to Spurs this campaign.

Fantasy Premier League claim their FDR method is based on a complex algorithm which uses a set of formulas that process key Opta data variables, along with each team’s home and away form for the past six meetings, to generate a rank for the perceived difficulty of each Gameweek opponent. FDR is designed to help FPL managers plan their transfer and team selection strategy.

Tottenham seem to have been lucky this time out as they do not have a difficult run of fixtures in which they play top teams back to back. In fact, according to FDR, the toughest run Tottenham will have will be the one at the start of the season. Additionally, Tottenham’s ‘easiest’ run of fixtures comes towards the end.

Tottenham’s hardest run of the season

August 9: Aston Villa (home) – rating 2

August 17: Manchester City (away) – rating 5

August 23: Newcastle United (home) – rating 2

August 31: Arsenal (away) – rating 4

September 14: Crystal Palace (home) – rating 3

September 20: Leicester City (away) – rating 3


Tottenham’s easiest run of the season:

April 4: Sheffield United (away) – rating 2

April 11: Everton (home) – rating 2

April 18: Bournemouth (away) – rating 3

April 25: Arsenal (home) – rating 4

May 2: Newcastle United (away) – rating 3

May 9: Leicester City (home) – rating 3

May 17: Crystal Palace (away) – rating 2

Spurs Web Opinion

Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino have tended to start the season relatively slowly and build up momentum towards Christmas before coming on strong towards February and March. So if Tottenham can have a good start to the season, there is no doubt that they can push Manchester City and Liverpool all the way.

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  1. Spurs play away from home to 8 out of last years top 10 teams in the 1st half of the season, bearing in mind Spurs were one of those 10. Chelsea are the only top 10 team that Spurs play at home before Christmas, so the 2nd half of the season may depend on where we stand in the table at Christmas.


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