As the month of October draws to a close Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League and having played 9 games they have 19 points. This equals Spurs best ever start to a Premier League season.
Tottenham’s Current Position
P 9 W 6 D 1 L 2 For 9 Ag 5 Pts 19 Pos 4th
Home: P 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 For 5 Ag 4
Away: P 3 D 0 L 1 For 4 Ag 1
In comparison with last season, after 9 games Spurs had 17 points although they were also 4th in the Premier League table. The big difference is that this year Spurs are only three points off the top and a point behind the two clubs immediately above them. Last season Spurs were 5 points behind Chelsea and 4 adrift of the two Manchester clubs in second and third position. Tottenham have a low goal difference of +4 but that is identical to the same time last season. They had, however, scored 17 goals last year while conceding 13 with one clean sheet. This season Spurs have only managed 9 goals but with 6 clean sheets in the league to Hugo Lloris’ name they have only conceded 5 goals with 3 of those coming in one match.
Fixture Comparison with 2012-13
At the end of September, Spurs had a 7 point advantage in a comparison of the matches played. The three games played in October brought an unfortunate drop in that comparison – the home defeat to West Ham saw the advantage reduced to +4 points as Spurs had beaten the Upton Park club in the corresponding fixture last season. The two wins over Aston Villa and Hull matched Spurs’ results last season with Hull taking the place of relegated Reading.
Games in November
Spurs have three Premier League matches next month. They start with a trip to Everton which provides them with an opportunity to avenge last season’s disappointment of having victory snatched from their grasp after conceding two goals in 90 seconds of added time. Newcastle are the next visitors to White Hart Lane followed by a trip to Manchester to play City. A result in the away games which ended in defeat last season would see an improvement in the comparison table while to maintain parity against Newcastle, Spurs require another win.
It is still early days in the league as with international breaks and European fixtures, after 10 weeks of the season, less than a quarter of the matches have been played. In a similar period in the 1960s or ’70s clubs would have played 14 or 15 games. The most noticeable difference in the Premier League this season is how close it is. Only 6 points separates the top 7 clubs with Manchester City in 7th place and United two points behind in 8th. Last season only 5 teams were included in that 6-point band.
How will Spurs do in the coming weeks? The games in November will be a test of their credentials for a top finish especially with two away games against teams in that group at the top of the Premier League. Two Europa League games with a trip to Norway at the end of the month will be an added factor for Andre Villas-Boas to take into account in his preparations in the weeks ahead.