Date: 14th June 2018 at 11:08am
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PA Sport has analysed the opening day records of each Premier League club over the last 20 seasons to see which bosses will be under the most pressure to start well.

As your eye immediately searches out the Tottingham Hotspur, you will spot that Spurs seem perpetually unprepared for the opening day. 

Sticking specifically with the top tier clubs, it is evident that some sides are ‘Opening Day Specialists’.

Chelsea have won 15, drawn 3 and only ever lost 2 of their 20 Premier League era opening day games.

This cannot be down to chance, ‘Oligarch Money’ or the pixies that inhabit South London.

Arsenal are another club with consistently strong form in the Opening Day stakes.

12 wins, 4 draws and just 4 losses.

Liverpool, City, United all better than us.

Palace and Wolves are better than us!

The entire chart is below.

With Spurs, it’s clear that the first game of the season is some unexpected bolt from the blue.

Won 6, drawn 5 and lost a whopping 9 times – this psychologically puts THFC and it’s support in a bad place – after just one game!

Whatever could be the problem?

As ever with the mighty Spurs, the answer stems from the same old same old.

Late/last minute purchases of second or third choice players, compounded by not having a proper preseason for any gelling to take place.

Plus we continuously buy players with back-stories.

Unfit? Down on your luck, or destitute?  Never fear Daniel’s here with a payment plan!

You’ll be whisked away to the bright lights of North London where this season’s tortured soul of manager will attempt to make a functional football team out of Euro-trash and bits of sticky-backed plastic.

All this serves to prove is that Levy couldn’t run a bath; and when Pochettino eventually snuffs it, he must be canonised.

 
Comments
  • OrganicPaper June 14, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Новый блог

    *new blog

  • OrganicPaper June 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    We are doing a world cup predictions tournament at work. Guess the scores and results for points etc.

    I thought it would be a laugh to actually put a fiver on at Coral for all the scores for the first round of matches.

    My £5 could potentially return £502,341,840.00

    Its a long shot but I could be about to bankrupt Coral

    • crossan June 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      I’d much rather if you could bankrupt Paddy Power!

  • StuSpur June 14, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    It’s all down to that lazy fecker Kane I tells ya. Doesn’t put his scoring boots on early enough

  • Randy Lee June 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Be Brave people!

  • legoverlass June 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    We always play 3/4 matches before we have even started our “transfer activity”. When you consider that at the end of the season just a few points separates many of the top four places (barring Man City last season) it is the most glaring indication of how little football success is considered important by ENIC. I also noted a “not very brave” soundbite from Pooch about having to “settle in ” at the New Destination. Getting the excuses and expectation management going early doors. Still he is in another five year project now so plenty of time for all that “winning stuff” to happen further down the road.

  • Paddio June 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    It’s not the loss of the first game that worries me about our start it’s the amount of draws we make against teams we should be beating in the first 10 games or so of the season but try to wrap it up in unbeaten runs. This puts us to far behind in the league and the reason Chelsea and Leicester did us to the title as we don’t hit our stride until December.
    Player purchases just need to be in place for when a player will be returning for pre season which will be a bit skewed this July. But any player not at the World Cup you’d hope that the deal is done by the 1st july, but levy is a creature of habit and believes he can pull a VDV out of the hat every year

    • gus June 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      I looked back and we actually started very well in the 15/16 season that Leicester won. As you say though it was the draws and failure to beat some of the teams who packed their D tight that killed us

      • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        A Gareth Bale special from 25 yards would help out on those occasions. Break the deadlock, force the bus parkers to come out and play.

  • Syd June 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hi folks can you help me out I’ve been away from the TV for a couple of days have I missed the opening ceremony or is it on tonight can anyone tell me

    • Syd June 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      that was a serious question by the way

      • Camus June 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm

        It’s on at 2:30pm
        First match at 4pm

        • Syd June 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm

          thank you is that London time

          • Camus June 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

            Yes, mate.

    • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Blimey. Not sure!

  • Stuart Nevergood June 14, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    How many of those opening games have been at home? Arsenal always get the first game at home as my bias memory recalls…

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots June 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    What’s the record of the top clubs since Poch arrived?

    • Steven Hawkins Football Boots June 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Anybody?

    • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Hollywoods Romford
      Scribes West
      Stringfellows
      Spearmint Rhino Watford

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 June 14, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Hartley
    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail but you’re still preparing so its not all bad.
    I prepared that earlier, sorry for the delay.

    By preparing for the delay, the delay was prepared for you. Or something like that. 😬

  • PlayitagainSamways June 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    How come the FA are letting us play at 2 home grounds?

    I thought that was un-allowed.

    • Steven Hawkins Football Boots June 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Speshal dispensation

    • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Free Gruyère and some Roquefort.

  • Camus June 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I want to enjoy this World Cup so I’m keeping positive.
    If I have to mute pundits and commentators to help my enjoyment of games, I will.

    World Cups were always about adventure, about the unexpected, about the stories.
    I want more of that.

    There’s far too much attention and mindless chat on the players from the elite money clubs – it’s probably all paid for by sponsors to gain extra exposure. Can we do away with all that? I want the Josimars to happen, the Roger Millas, the Schillacis…

    Don’t bore me about Messi, Griezmann and Pogba, pundits.
    It’s not necessary for you to tell me all about how Griezmann might go to Barcelona while I watch him do nothing of any note vs Peru.

    For God’s sake, just let it all unravel, and enjoy it!

    • Prin June 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      I’m too busy researching cheese to care

      • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        You’ll go crackers

    • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      A mad South American keeper helps!

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Given the fact that you only have to make a full appearance for your club to get an England cap I find it baffling Tom Davies isn’t in the WC squad. He’s better than any of the midfielder going.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      *s

  • Camus June 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    The World Cup Opening Ceremony begins in just over an hour on ITV.
    The annoying one from Take That is performing – don’t miss that one…
    Let him entertain us all… 😱

    • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Robbie Williams? Is that because he doesn’t look gay like the rest of the band?

      Hope he’s got his Kevlar long john’s on.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      I thought Putin would be doing a rendition of “my way” on horseback.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm

        *shirtless

      • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm

        That is so Brokeback Mountain, I guess none of his advisors want to tell him he looks quare.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm

          Ha! Fired and “disappeared”

  • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    What Levy and ENIC doesn’t seem to realise is that the first 3 points are as valuable as the last 3 points.

    A couple of valuable Maxims for Levy and his pals:

    Start as you mean to go on.

    Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.

    • archiisbald June 14, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      we got the first three points last season, do you congratulate Levy for that?

      • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        I did in my way.

        I only sent him half a full nappy (‘a light one’ as we call it in the trade) that week.

        • archiisbald June 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm

          ah ha

  • Randy Lee June 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    We will sign players after the world cup and sieve through potential targets like that DVD rack at the local charity shop.

  • 89Spurs 👁 June 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    What a way to start the season, a win at Newcastle, away then a win against Fulham
    at Wembley.
    Off to a great start.🙏🐥

  • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Uruguay and Senegal will be the dark horses.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      I’ve had my 10er on England to not get out the group. 9/2. Stingey fucks

      • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm

        I think they’ll get 5 points, and runners up place. Then a really tough game in the last sixteen.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm

          Panama are my boys. 2nd placers! Behind the Belgian individuals.

          • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:24 pm

            I thought they were saying Panama will get trashed by Belgium first up, by a cricket score? Heard that on FiveLive yesterday by their South American reporter.

            • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 1:27 pm

              Tim Vickery, I think I it was. In fact he had Lukaku to win the tournament top goal scorer because he’ll get a flying start with a hatful against Panama.

    • Steven Hawkins Football Boots June 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      Black Beauty was a dark horse

      • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm

        Leave Diane Abbott out of this

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Why do we play Newcastle away nearly every season in the first game?

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Signed anyone yet?

    No?

    See ya tommorow….

    • archiisbald June 14, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      we are working on arranging a meeting to draw up a short list, delay due to waiting for delivery of new spurs pens and paper pads designed for new stadium, we could have used a wembley pen and pad I would have that, special clearance by the FA should only take 2-3 weeks

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Good news!

  • Hartley June 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail but you’re still preparing so its not all bad.
    I prepared that earlier, sorry for the delay.

  • PlayitagainSamways June 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Fog on the Tyne is all mine all mine.

    Sorry mate its all that expensive cheese from the new distination.

  • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    You can’t win the title in August and September. But you can damn well lose it early doors. That’s why we need to hit the ground running this time.

    • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      As Dale said, “you’ve got to be in it to win it.”

      We must be in the mix from the starting pistol, no fecking catch up like the season Leicester won it, please.

      • archiisbald June 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm

        I think this is the toughest ever season start, playing away, then away at Wembley then a new stadium, a bit like an away game of sorts too. We do need to strengthen this season more than any other, City will, United have and will, Liverpool have and will but could lose 1 or 2 good ones. Arsenal have and will, Chelsea who knows? but we must just to stand still.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? June 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm

          The damage done to a terrific manager and group of players chances of success by ENICs off field fuckery cannot be quantified. Aaaaaand it continues….

          • archiisbald June 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm

            yeh gazza but patience did pay off last year we got a million superstar Sisssokkko

  • OrganicPaper June 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    These hacks just can not help themselves can they…. FFS he signed a new deal with us. That was the end of the story. They even appointed a new coach. Still they persist with this shit.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/world-cup-2018-spain-julen-lopetegui-real-madrid-tottenham-mauricio-pochettino-a8398021.html

    • Camus June 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      You can smell the desperation like manure on an April afternoon…

      • Panama Paul June 14, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        Like when they’re trying to catch City

  • archiisbald June 14, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Very tough first game at new stadium, exactly same first game this season as last. Key word search “negative spurs articles” That should find a few.

  • caveman June 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    There’s a lot of negativity on here about the fixture lists. Obviously we were going to play our first games away as per our request to the FA, who obliged us and we have Fulham at Wembley as our first home game. We play 38 games, same as the others and if we’re serious we’ll be ready. So come on Levy and Poch, no dithering, get us ready to win games and no excuses.

    • Camus June 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Is there?
      Most are happy from what I’ve seen.
      There are no horrible months – it’s a nice even spread 👍

      • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        December looks like a good month. Could be on a great run into 2019.

    • QQ June 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      No time for a settling in period.
      The boys will have to come out from day 1 like they have
      played at new WHL every week all their lives.

      The club must realise that by the halfway point that Spurs
      need to be I reckon at worst 6 points off PL top in order
      that the great 2nd half season form could carry them to
      the title. Tired players returning from WC duty will not help.

  • stevo1987 June 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    From what I can remember we often seem to be away the first game of the season. Can anyone confirm that?

    • Camus June 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Literally every year, Stevo.
      Something like 8 out of the last 10 times or something stupid, I think.
      But this time out of necessity, no doubt – special request from Senor Levy.

    • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Sorry mate I do not know and do not care. Nothing personal to you but this is looking for ‘an agenda’ with sole purpose of excusing incompetence.

      Everyone plays the same teams twice, home and away.

      For Levy, it’s always a slow start and that because the football always comes last.

      Everyone plays the same teams twice, home and away and the illuminati do not make the draw.

      Part computer, part police and it always has been.

    • QQ June 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      I was told by someone who works that the club that old WHL (in its
      final form) had some grief with the amount of summer sun the SE
      section of the pitch used to get (so it was not in good shape) .

      So the groundsmen asked for the first game to be played away
      to give the pitch the extra time they wanted.

      If that is true, God knows what new WHL pitch would be like with
      the stadium height.

  • OrganicPaper June 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Im happy as Larry with the fixtures. No ‘killer’ runs. Definitely going to win the league this year.

  • Panama Paul June 14, 2018 at 11:47 am

    This season, if we are going to mount a serious title challenge, we need everything sorted before pre-season starts so that the team is prepared right from the off. Liverpool up front will be a great opportunity to p*ss on their chips early doors before they sort themselves out. Question is, will it happen?

  • Randy Lee June 14, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Be Brave! LOL

    ADJECTIVE
    1Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

    ‘a brave soldier’
    ‘he put up a brave fight before losing’
    ‘she was very brave about the whole thing’

  • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

    N’Koudou and Janssen have started pre-season training. For 2017/18.

    • TyredMan 🚯 June 14, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Not with spurs though… right… no.. Oh!

  • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Actually up until this coming season, our last minute buys arrive about the three or fourth match into the season. So it’s even worse than you wrote.

    Spurs are very sporting, we like to give the rest a blooming good head start.

    • Panama Paul June 14, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Won’t be an excuse this time as the window will be well and truly shut by then. Levy’s gonna fell like his nuts are in a vice with less time to do what he does best.

  • Hartley June 14, 2018 at 11:18 am

    We do always start with an away game which doesn’t help.

    • Matt June 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

      This

    • Harry Hotspur June 14, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Is your tinfoil hat on straight?

      • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 11:26 am

        Mine’s been freshly wrapped in bacofoil.

        • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 11:27 am

          A tip here is to then wrap cling film over the top, it helps to keep the foil firmly attached.

        • OrganicPaper June 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm

          lardy dar! You must be posh to buy the branded tin foil 🙂

          I remember in my student days balking at the price of tin foil and only ever buying the cheapest shit from Asda. I was bizarrely excited when I got my hands on some bacofoil, it felt like it was an inch thick

          • Gloster1861 June 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

            Buy cheap buy twice.

    • Panama Paul June 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Fair comment – certain teams seem to get very favourable starts each season. However, Levy consistently screwing his managers over in the transfer window is more likely the reason.