A month by month look at the Tottenham fixtures for the 2014-15 season which have presented Spurs with the challenge of two London derbies to start the season.
Tottenham Fixtures For The 2014-15 Season – Month by Month
The first Saturday of the 2014-15 season is 16th August but all games are subject to change for television or Europa League matches.
August will be a testing month for Mauricio Pochettino and his players. Tottenham kick-off the season against West Ham United at Upton Park in their opening game. It will provide Spurs with an early chance to right the wrongs of last season and avenge the three defeats West Ham inflicted on them in 2013-14. It will not be an easy task against the new ‘attack-minded’ West Ham team and will bring back memories of Spurs last visit to Upton Park to start the season in 1999-2000 when they lost 0 – 1 under George Graham.
The following weekend Harry Redknapp will return to White Hart Lane with Queen’s Park Rangers who have reclaimed their Premier League place after only one year’s absence. A promoted team always starts the new season with great purpose and Redknapp will have the extra incentive to do well against Tottenham. On the final weekend of August Spurs have a second home game, against Liverpool who will arrive confident after their successes over Spurs last year. This will test the resilience and application of the Spurs players under the new manager. Pochettino will need to get his message across to the players quickly.
- Both games against QPR and Liverpool will have to be played on Sunday as Spurs have Europa League games on the previous Thursday evenings.
After the international break Spurs travel to Sunderland where they have won in the past two seasons. Gus Poyet’s team will be a different proposition to the side who were overwhelmed at White Hart Lane last April before making an amazing recovery to avoid relegation and finish the season in 12th position.
The first north London derby will take place at the Emirates on the last weekend in September. Since winning 3 – 2 in 2010-11, Spurs, unfortunately, have failed to trouble Arsenal in their own backyard in four League and Cup games over the past three seasons.
- If Spurs progress to the group stages of the Europa League, it will mean that the game against WBA will be played on the Sunday. In the midweek prior to the Arsenal game, the 3rd Round matches in the Capital One Cup will be played with both clubs entering the competition at that stage.
The first Premier League match of October will see Pochettino face his former club as Southampton travel to White Hart Lane. This is sure to add an extra something to the game. There is another international break before Spurs go to Manchester City with a determination, I hope, to show a vast improvement on last season’s performance.
The final league game of the month brings Newcastle to Tottenham, with a desire to repeat last season’s result. In the following midweek, the next round of the League Cup will be played.
- If Spurs have reached the group stages of the Europa League, it will mean that both home games against Southampton and Newcastle will be played on the Sunday.
The four games in November take Spurs to Aston Villa before Stoke City come to the Lane. This is followed by an international break, after which Spurs travel to Hull before entertaining Everton.
- Again, both home games may need to be changed to a Sunday for the Europa League.
The final month of the year is always a busy time with 6 Premier League matches to play plus the potential of a European match and a League Cup tie depending on how far the team has progressed in those competitions.
December starts with a midweek game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The following weekend Spurs take on Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane. This could be followed by a Europa League match with Spurs travelling to Swansea the following weekend.
The next midweek is the League Cup and then Spurs face the two promoted teams. Burnley are at White Hart in the first of the holiday matches on the weekend before Christmas. The Boxing Day (Friday) game is at Leicester City with Spurs ending 2014 as they started the year, playing Manchester United but this time at the Lane on the following Sunday.
- The game at Swansea may need to be changed to a Sunday for the Europa League.
Having opened the previous month at Stamford Bridge so Spurs start 2015 by playing Chelsea at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day. A difficult start but a win would be a great way to get the new year off on the right foot. The following weekend is for the FA Cup 3rd Round.
The second weekend of January takes Spurs across London to play Crystal Palace before Sunderland come to the Lane. After the FA Cup 4th Round Spurs travel to play West Brom at the Hawthorns on the final weekend of the month.
Arsenal come avisiting on the first weekend and in midweek Tottenham travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool – two extremely difficult games to start the month. After an FA Cup weekend, Spurs have two London derbies against West Ham at home and away to QPR.
There are only 3 league games in the month. Swansea come to White Hart Lane at the start of March and then after the Cup weekend, Spurs travel to Old Trafford looking for a third consecutive victory. The final game brings Leicester City to the Lane.
There are three away games in April, starting at Burnley. Spurs then play Aston Villa at home before travelling to Newcastle and Southampton.
There are 4 Premier League games this month with the season ending on Sunday, 24th May. Manchester City come to Tottenham at the start of the month before Spurs travel to Stoke. it is the third consecutive season they have travelled to the Britannia Stadium late in the season but Spurs won’t mind if they can repeat their previous successes. The final home match is against Hull City with the league season ending at Goodison Park against Everton.
The FA Cup Final is in its rightful place as the climax to the season the following weekend.