Tottenham’s game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light has been changed to an early evening kick-off on Saturday, 7th December. Spurs will come up against their former player and assistant coach, Gus Poyet who has just been appointed as manager of Sunderland to replace Paolo Di Canio. Poyet’s assistant is the former Tottenham full back Mauricio Taricco.
The following weekend, Spurs’ home match against Liverpool has a Sunday afternoon, 4pm kick-off while the next weekend’s game against Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium has a 1.30pm start.
The three games are to be broadcast by SkySports. All the other televised are listed on their site.
On New Year’s Day Tottenham travel to Old Trafford hoping for a repeat of last season’s success against Manchester United. The match is to be shown on BT Sport on Wednesday, 1st January with a 5.30pm kick-off.
The announcement gives Andre Villas-Boas a clearer picture of the schedule over a very busy December and holiday period. Tottenham and Manchester United will meet twice in the Premier League in a month. The home game is on Sunday, 1st December with a 12.00 mid-day start and the following Wednesday Spurs take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. With Tottenham’s involvement in the Europa League they also have a match at home against Anzhi on the Thursday evening between the Sunderland and Liverpool matches. The other Christmas games are both at home, to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day (Thursday) and against Stoke City two days later. Both matches are scheduled for a 3.00pm kick-off.
The only addition to that list would be a Capital One Cup 5th Round tie on the week after the Liverpool match, if Spurs overcome Hull City in the next round at the end of this month.
December is a very busy month in the football calendar with the additional fixtures over the holiday period so AVB will be hoping to avoid any injuries as he will need a full strength squad to cope with the hectic schedule.