At the end of the first six weeks of the 2013-14 season and with six matches played Tottenham are 3rd in the Premier League level on points with Liverpool who are second on goals scored. Arsenal are two points clear while Chelsea are 4th, Manchester City 6th and United 11th. How does this season compare with the same point last season?
Tottenham’s current record is:
P 6 W 4 D 1 L 1 For 6 Ag 2 Pts 13 (+4) 3rd
After the first six matches last season Spurs’ record was –
P 6 W 3 D 2 L 1 For 11 Ag 8 Pts 11 GD (+3) 5th
The corresponding weekend at the end of September had just seen Spurs record their first win at Old Trafford from a time when Gary Lineker was still playing. That was the most difficult of the opening fixtures which had taken Spurs to Newcastle and Reading with home matches against Norwich, West Brom and QPR. With the exception of the United game, the rest, on paper, were games Spurs might have expected to win. In comparison this season’s games have included three London derbies, two away games against newly promoted teams, including two games against top-4 contenders.
It is still very early in the season but a comparison of fixtures played shows how Spurs have a 7 points advantage over last season – an impressive and encouraging start for Andre Villas-Boas and his much changed team. Many, including Arsene Wenger, had raised the issue of Spurs introducing too many new players causing disruption but so far AVB and his coaching staff have handled the situation well and the players have made a positive response.
New-look Tottenham 2013-14:
Crystal Palace* (a) + 2
Swansea (h) –
Arsenal (a) –
Norwich City (h) + 2
Cardiff City* (a) + 2
Chelsea (h) +1
* Palace and Cardiff results are compared with the relegated teams – Wigan and QPR
Games in October:
Tottenham have three Premier League matches in October. Next weekend they are at home for another London derby against West Ham. They then travel to Aston Villa and finish with a home match against the third of the promoted sides, Hull City. To maintain their consistency Spurs will need to win all three games as they defeated West Ham, Villa and relegated Reading last season.
Last year by the end of October, Spurs had 17 points from 9 games and were 4th with a +4 goal difference but were 4 points off 3rd.
The two Europa League games this month are the away fixtures in Russia this week and in Moldova later in the month. The lengthy travel involved will put extra strain on the squad as will the international matches which are the last qualifying Rounds for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Looking at the up-coming games, Spurs will be expecting to maintain their consistency but will have taken note of Villa’s result against Manchester City and they know that the two home matches will bring their own demands in a derby and against the third promoted side.