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Premier League - Football: Tottenham Hotspur season preview

A strong finish to the 2021/22 Premier League season saw Tottenham pip north-London rivals Arsenal to fourth spot and a place in the Champions League.

That was an impressive outcome given that Spurs had parted company with manager Nuno Espirito Santo after just 10 games of the season and made a patchy start to life under his successor Antonio Conte.

January signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur improved Spurs in the second half of the campaign and Tottenham will be looking to kick on after bolstering their squad significantly over the summer.


England Premier League 2022/23



When5th August 2022 - 28th May 2023
How to watch

Selected matches broadcast on Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime

OddsManchester City 4/7, Liverpool 2/1, Tottenham 14/1, Chelsea 16/1, Manchester United 33/1

Where did Tottenham Hotspur finish last season?


What are Tottenham Hotspur's hopes for the season?

Expectations are high that Tottenham can maintain the form they showed late last season, winning 11 of their final 16 league fixtures to break into the top four.

That run included a 3-2 victory at champions Manchester City as well as a crucial 3-0 home win over top-four rivals Arsenal. Spurs are rated 12/1 to win the Premier League in 2022/23, with only City and Liverpool ahead of them in the betting.

They appear to have recruited well over the summer, adding Everton forward Richarlison to a formidable attacking unit and signing highly-rated Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

The wing-back positions are always a priority for Conte and Djed Spence, who helped Nottingham Forest win promotion from the Championship last term, and experienced Croatia international Ivan Perisic provide fresh options in that department.

Closing the gap on the top two will be tough. Spurs finished as runners-up to Conte's Chelsea in 2016/17 with 86 points, but since then they have had tallies of 77, 71, 59, 62 and last season's 71.

Tottenham's squad looks strong enough to cement their place as one of the top teams in England and they are 8/13 for another top-four finish, although they will be among the clubs hit hardest by the mid-season World Cup.

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Who are Tottenham Hotspur's opening opponents?

Tottenham kick off their season at home to Southampton on 6th August (KO 15:00) and Saints were one of only four clubs, along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, who Spurs failed to beat in the Premier League last term.

Conte's side had 11 shots on target in a frustrating 1-1 draw at St Mary's just after Christmas and suffered a shock 3-2 loss in February's reverse fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham are priced at 2/5 to record an opening round win, with Southampton on offer at 6/1 and the draw at 4/1.

When are Tottenham Hotspur's key fixtures?

Tottenham's first five league fixtures include testing trips to fellow London clubs Chelsea on 14th August and West Ham on 31st August.

Their away schedule doesn't get any easier as they head to Manchester City on 10th September, before a derby at Arsenal on 1st October and a visit to Manchester United on 19th October.

They host Liverpool and Leeds in November just before the break for the World Cup and their first four home fixtures of 2023 are against the Gunners, champions City, Chelsea and West Ham.

Spurs picked up 10 points from four meetings with the Citizens and Liverpool last season, so they should be confident of keeping pace with their top-four rivals despite a tough set of early-season fixtures.

Who is Tottenham Hotspur's manager?

Conte won five Serie A titles as a Juventus player before claiming Lo Scudetto three times as Juve manager.

He made an instant impact in the Premier League, leading Chelsea to the championship in 2016/17 - the Blues had finished 10th the season before - and in 2020/21 he helped Inter Milan end their long wait for Serie A glory.

He had some teething problems at Spurs, notably during a run of four losses in five games in late January and February, but results improved dramatically once the players settled into his preferred 3-4-3 formation.

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Which players have Tottenham Hotspur signed?

Ivan Perisic (Free)
Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Yves Bissouma (Brighton)
Richarlison (Everton)
Tyrell Ashcroft (Reading)
Josh Keeley (St Patrick's Athletic)
Clement Lenglet (Barcelona, Loan)
Djed Spence (Middlesbrough)

Which players have left Tottenham Hotspur?

J'Neil Bennett (Released)
Jez Davies (Released)
Jordan Hackett (Released)
Khalon Haysman (Released)
Kacper Kurylowicz (Released)
Thimothee Lo-Tutala (Released)
Dermi Lusala (Released)
Josh Oluwayemi (Released)
Tobi Omole (Released)
Isak Solberg (Released)
Renaldo Torraj (Released)
Oliver Turner (Released)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)
Steven Bergwijn (Ajax)
Jack Clarke (Sunderland)
Troy Parrott (Preston North End, Loan)
Dane Scarlett (Portsmouth, Loan)
Joe Rodon (Rennes, Loan)

Who are Tottenham Hotspur's key players?

Star player:

Harry Kane

Potential top scorer:

Harry Kane/Son Heung-Min

Set-piece king:

Harry Kane

Exciting youngster:

Djed Spence

Harry Kane starts the 2022/23 campaign bidding to extend a magnificent record of 183 goals in 282 Premier League appearances and the England captain remains Tottenham's most prized asset.

Kane is 6/1 to be top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, although he didn't even finish top of his club's scoring charts last term, due to Son Heung-Min's prolific end to the campaign.

The South Korean star, 12/1 for the Golden Boot, struck 12 times in his final 10 league appearances to share top-scorer honours with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and his partnership with Kane and Kulusevski should yield plenty more goals in 2022/23.

Son is also putting pressure on Kane for the role of Tottenham's set-piece taker, having scored a couple of direct free-kicks for South Korea during the summer, although Bissouma, Richarlison and defender Eric Dier are also dead-ball options.

Conte has largely targeted experienced players in the summer transfer window with Perisic, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Barcelona loanee Clement Lenglet - a 27-year-old France international defender - among the arrivals, but 21-year-old wing-back Spence is an intriguing signing.

He spent last season on loan from Middlesbrough at Championship play-off winners Nottingham Forest, catching the eye with his performances in FA Cup wins over Arsenal and Leicester City, as well as in the league.

Spence's electric pace and attacking instincts make him an exciting prospect and Conte's intense coaching could help him develop into a more complete wing-back.

Which of Tottenham Hotspur's players will be going to the World Cup?

Nine Tottenham players were involved in the semi-finals of the World Cup 2018 - more than any other club in world football - and a sizeable contingent will be on show at this year's tournament in Qatar.

England captain Kane is hoping to make up for the disappointment of the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy and Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris remains first-choice goalkeeper for reigning world champions France.

Croatia's Perisic scored past Lloris in the 2018 final and is still active on the international stage, while Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), Argentina pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso and Brazil's Richarlison and Emerson Royal are also hoping to be on the plane to Qatar.

South Korea talisman Son, who scored in two of his three appearances at the 2018 tournament, and Wales defenders Ben Davies and Joe Rodon should represent Spurs on the world stage although Kulusevski's Sweden failed to qualify.

Teenage midfielder Pape Matar Sarr, who spent last season on loan at Metz, was part of Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations-winning squad at the start of 2022 and will be eager to make the cut for the World Cup.

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