Why Spurs will be disappointed with their fixture list, and Leicester delighted

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The Premier League fixtures were released on Wednesday morning, with the defending champions, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City among those with fuller schedules than most.

 

The Champions League trophy before the gameThe Champions League trophy before the game

With the release of the Premier League fixtures earlier on Wednesday morning, plenty of supporters will be pouring through their club's fixtures to pinpoint the key matches in their team's season.

But for four Premier League outfits, some games will be defined not necessarily in themselves, but in where they fall on the season's calendar.

Leicester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City are all set to feature in the Champions League in the coming campaign, if Pep Guardiola's side can navigate the qualifiers, and each team will be intrigued which fixtures are scheduled after the weeks they will be playing in Europe.

The group stage matches will take place as follows: 

  • Matchday one: Sep 13-14
  • Matchday two: Sep 27-28
  • Matchday three: Oct 18-19
  • Matchday four: Nov 1-2
  • Matchday five: Nov 22-23
  • Matchday six: Dec 6-7

Leicester City - Premier League Title Winners ParadeLeicester City - Premier League Title Winners Parade

It is good news for defending champions Leicester City, who will be at home after each of their six group games (Burnley, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Middlesbrough, Manchester City).

Arsenal have also been fortunate with their league games, finding themselves at home for four matches after playing in Europe (Hull (A), Burnley (A), Middlesbrough, Tottenham, Bournemouth, Stoke).

Bayern Munich coach Josep GuardiolaJosep Guardiola

Manchester City, should they qualify, will be at home for three matches (Bournemouth, Tottenham (A), Southampton, Middlesbrough, Burnley (A), Leicester(A)). He won't be there next season but manager Manuel Pellegrini was critical of the Citizens' fortune in regards to fixture lists in Europe and at home in the campaign just gone. The club's qualifying round matches will occur before games against Stoke (A) and West Ham (H).

But it is Spurs who will feel the most disappointed, as the North Londoners will play just two of their matches at home in the weekend after Champions League weeks (Sunderland, Manchester City, Bournemouth (A), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A), Manchester United (A)). Mauricio Pochettino's side will also feel hard done by at the level of opposition they are facing, leaving little room for rotation.

Of course, if these four sides are all hoping to impress in the league once again, they will have to win matches both home and away, but it is often the logistics of taking part in Champions League matches and then having to head away from home for a league match that can do the most damage, especially if the European tie was also away. It leaves little time for recovery or work on the training ground, and may see the players stuck on coaches or planes for an extended period.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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