Why do Spurs have a clear Champions League advantage over their top four rivals?

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The Champions League group stage draw takes place on August 30, and with European’s top competition set to get back underway, people are starting to look at the premier league fixtures surrounding it.

Much has been made of fixtures before and after European games in recent years, as it can have heavy impacts on the biggest teams in the Prem.

Only last year, Arsenal were dealt five away games coming directly after six Europa League group games.

This can pay a heavy toll on your squad and your match performances, especially if you have a long mid-week trip in Europe.

For instance, a North London derby away from home, followed by Champions League, followed by Chelsea away would be a pretty tough week for the Tottenham squad.

Jose Mourinho in particular has been critical in the past, but how have the fixtures lined up this year?

Tottenham have a far more favourable draw of games than most, despite having to play Liverpool and Chelsea before Champions League games, they also have more manageable fixtures against Huddersfield, West Ham, Wolves and Leicester.

Liverpool have the worst run of luck among the big clubs, as they face Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Man United and Everton either side of Champions League ties.

Read the full lists below:

Before Champions League group games:


September 15 – Liverpool (h)
September 29 – Huddersfield Town (a)
October 20 – West Ham (a)
November 4 – Wolves (a)
November 24 – Chelsea (h)
December 8 – Leicester City (a)


September 15 – Spurs (a)
September 29 – Chelsea (a)
October 20 – Huddersfield Town (a)
November 3 – Arsenal (a)
November 24 – Watford (a)
December 8 – Bournemouth (a)

Manchester City

September 15 – Fulham (h)
September 29 – Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
October 20 – Burnley (h)
November 3 – Southampton (h)
November 24 – West Ham (a)
December 8 – Chelsea (a)

Manchester United

September 15 – Watford (a)
September 29 – West Ham (a)
October 20 – Chelsea (a)
November 3 – Bournemouth (a)
November 24 – Crystal Palace (h)
December 8 – Fulham (h)

After Champions League games:


September 22 – Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
October 6 – Cardiff City (h)
October 28 – Manchester City (h)
November 10 – Crystal Palace (a)
December 1 – Arsenal (a)
December 15 – Burnley (h)


September 22 – Southampton (h)
October 7 – Manchester City (h)
October 27 – Cardiff City (h)
November 11 – Fulham (h)
December 1 – Everton (h)
December 15 – Manchester United (h)

Manchester City

September 22 – Cardiff City (a)
October 7 – Liverpool (a)
October 28 – Spurs (a)
November 11 – Manchester United (h)
December 1 – Bournemouth (h)
December 15 – Everton (h)

Manchester United

September 22 – Wolves (h)
October 6 – Newcastle United (h)
October 27 – Everton (h)
November 11 – Manchester City (a)
December 1 – Southampton (a)
December 15 – Liverpool (a)

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