With just a single match remaining at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Ryan Mason’s club boasts the second best home record in the top flight.
In a season laden with frustration and disappointment, Tottenham’s home record offers a strong foundation from which to build, especially with supporters on the verge of returning to stadiums.
Ten thousand supporters are expected for Spurs’ final home encounter against Aston Villa on Wednesday, an incredibly exciting prospect for Mason’s side. Champions Manchester City are the only side with a better home record than Spurs. The Lilywhites have picked up 33 points from 18 home matches while City have amassed 38 points from the same sample size.
Home teams, in an unprecedented season completely devoid of fans, have floundered like no other time in history. However, Tottenham have managed to maintain a strong record on their home pitch. If Spurs beat Villa on Wednesday, they’ll finish just one win shy (3 points) of their 2019-2020 total, which was, but for the remaining handful of matches, played in front of a jam-packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham, under Mason’s short reign, have won three successive at home, beating Wolves, Sheffield United and Southampton. While those opponents aren’t exactly classified as world beaters, winning all three is an important statement of intent. You can only beat those in front of you, so take nothing away from the results.
Spurs have endured the sour taste of defeat just once at home in their last seven encounters, the lone loss coming against Manchester United. Spurs have otherwise been immaculate at home for about three and a half months.
You’d expect supporters to further embolden Tottenham’s home prowess. The players should gain added motivation and inspiration once our vociferous fanbase returns in full to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
That’s an exciting prospect for a Spurs side enveloped by negativity this season. Now they just need to work out their away form, which represents an altogether more challenging quagmire.