Five fixtures that could define Spurs’ season

Although the top four once again evaded Spurs last term, there is a genuine feeling of positivity at ‘The Lane’ right now, with Harry Kane a 30+ goal-per-season striker and some late results in 2014/15 having brought a fifth-placed finish. There is every chance then that the Lilywhites could kick on in 2015/16.

But to do so they’ll need to be on the ball from the off, with a tough trip to Manchester United awaiting on the opening day. Last time out Tottenham were roundly played off the park as the Red Devils came out 3-0 winners, so a slice of sweet revenge is likely to be on the agenda.

Although it doesn’t quite classify as one fixture, November will be a huge month for Spurs, with three London derbies on the cards. First up a trip to bitter rivals Arsenal, followed by home ties with Chelsea and West Ham. This trio of matches could have a huge impact on the season as a whole, with a good points return potentially enough to breed enough positivity to get the club firing through Christmas.

The return leg of the North London derby doesn’t roll around until March 5, but by that point there could be more than just local pride riding on the 90 minutes at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool away, after Aston Villa and Bournemouth meetings, also looks like it could be a key one in the top four crunch, with the Reds likely to be major rivals in the battle for that last top-level European spot.

And although the penultimate game is some way off and it’s difficult to make a prediction at this point, the home match with Southampton may be one that has a big say on the top four battle, too.

 


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