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.