It’s Premier League Schedule Day! I awoke to the new fixtures on my timeline, and now we know in what order Tottenham Hotspur will play its league fixtures next year. It’s a pretty decent overall schedule, but it certainly starts off with a bang — Spurs open with a home match against defending champions Manchester City on August 14.
Here’s the full schedule.
The City match is not only just a tough match, but it also could have some #narrative should Manchester City decide to put in a big bid for Harry Kane and Spurs decide to sell before that date. It’s worth noting that the summer transfer window doesn’t shut until August 31, and any Kane transfer is probably going to be a long, protractive saga so watch this space.
Overall, the schedule looks pretty decent. Spurs have a pretty brutal stretch in September into October (Chelsea home, Arsenal away, Villa home) but the fixture schedule is pretty generous in December despite back-to-back matches against Leicester City and Liverpool the week before Christmas. Spurs repeat that Leicester-Liverpool stretch again in May which ruins an otherwise favorable run-in.
And of course, rescheduled matches due to European fixtures (European Conference League matches will be played on Thursdays) and cups will screw up this schedule over the course of the year so we don’t REALLY know how everything will shake out. Take January, for example — the Carabao Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Jan. 5 and 12 this year, with the FA Cup third round on Jan. 8. If Spurs manage to get that far again this season it could turn January into a pretty tough month.
But all in all, the scheduling gods have been pretty fair this year, if not generous. What’s your take on the schedule?