Can Spurs overcome Arsenal in NLD? Predicting Tottenham's first 6 Premier League results
The 2021-22 Premier League fixtures are out and Spurs now know who they’ll face on which matchdays.
Tottenham get off to a tricky start as they host champions Manchester City in north London on August 14.
The following weekend, Spurs head to Molineux, where they’ll take on Bruno Lage’s Wolves.
On August 28, Spurs are back home, facing newly-promoted Watford.
September sees Tottenham in London derby action for the whole month.
Spurs first face Crystal Palace away on September 11, then they host Chelsea the following week.
And to finish off the month, the north London derby away at Arsenal on September 25.
How will Spurs fare in their opening six Premier League games? The Boot Room predicts the results.
Spurs fixtures: First six Premier League games
14: Manchester City (h) – 3pm
21: Wolves (a) – 3pm
28: Watford (h) – 3pm
11: Crystal Palace (a) – 3pm
18: Chelsea (h) – 3pm
25: Arsenal (a) – 3pm
Spurs 1-3 Manchester City
Tottenham couldn’t have asked for a tougher opening opponent.
If Spurs don’t make any significant signings, then the current crop will struggle against a stellar City side.
And even if they do bolster their ranks significantly, it’d still be a baptism of fire in terms of debuting for a new team.
Tottenham lost 3-0 to City in their last league game and couldn’t cope in the League Cup final either.
Wolves 1-2 Spurs
Wolves were far from their best last season and now have a new manager in charge.
Given the change in the Molineux dugout, it might take Wolves a little time to find their feet under Bruno Lage.
Even though Wolves should have star striker Raul Jimenez back from injury, Tottenham should still get the better of their opponents.
Spurs 2-0 Watford
Tottenham are back at home and taking on a newly-promoted side that bounced back at the first attempt.
Watford enjoyed a fruitful season in the Championship, earning 91 points and conceding just 30 goals in 46 games.
However, just one of their forwards – Ismaila Sarr – finished the season with a double-figure goal tally.
This should be a routine win for Spurs at this stage of the season.
Crystal Palace 0-3 Spurs
Another seemingly easy game on paper, Palace have 22 players out of contract this season and are yet to appoint a new manager.
Spurs have a good recent record against the Eagles, winning three of their last five, including two games in which they scored four.
And Palace are likely to be a weaker proposition than in recent season, so Tottenham shouldn’t have any issues.
Spurs 0-2 Chelsea
Much like the City game, Spurs will be up against a team that, on paper, is much stronger overall.
The Champions League holders have quality throughout and, unless Tottenham strengthen their ranks considerably, they’ll have a tough time.
Spurs’ recent league record against Chelsea is poor (four defeats and a draw) and this looks unlikely to change.
Arsenal 1-1 Spurs
Tottenham may have had a poor season last time out but they managed to sneak into Europe at least.
Arsenal, meanwhile, finished a lowly eighth despite having the likes of Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their ranks.
They’ll want to put things right next season and will take confidence from their winning streak at the end of 2020-21.
However, they have a tricky start themselves, with Chelsea and City up in their first three games.
Arsenal are at home and will go into this game on the back of games against Norwich and Burnley, so if they do well in those, they’ll be feeling confident.
However, the form book goes out of the window in north London derbies, so we predict Spurs will take something from the game.
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