Tottenham face Brentford on the first day of the 2023/24 season, so we simulated the clash and the entire season to predict how Ange Postecoglou’s side could perform
Tottenham’s fixtures for the 2023/24 season have officially been revealed, with Ange Postecoglou’s side looking to make a return to European football after missing out last season.
Spurs went through three first-team managers in the 2022/23 season as the Lilywhites struggled for consistency in the Premier League, finishing eighth in the table and missing out on a spot in any of the European competitions. It was a campaign to forget for Spurs, but with Postecoglou now in charge, there is optimism that they can return to the top of the table next season.A short trip to Brentford awaits Spurs in their first game of the season, with the Lilywhites hosting Manchester United the week after. They’ll end the campaign with a trip to Sheffield United, whilst their toughest run of games falls in April in May where Spurs face Newcastle, Manchester City Arsenal and Liverpool consecutively.
So, how could Spurs perform in the 2023/24 Premier League campaign? Let’s take a look.To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2023 editor to update the Premier League with the latest teams, transfers and of course, the confirmed fixtures. Using FM23 to run the simulation, we then simulated the entire 2023/24 season to see how Postecoglou’s side got on.
Opening game: Brentford 0-1 Spurs (August 13, 2023)
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Spurs have failed to win their last two meetings against Brentford away from home, but that wasn’t the case in the simulation as Postecoglou’s side got off to the perfect start. Yves Bissouma’s 71st-minute strike secured a 1-0 win for Spurs in a strong defensive display.Biggest win: Tottenham 5-0 Wolves (February 17, 2024)
There weren’t many games where the Lilywhites won by major scorelines, but their biggest victory came in February when they beat Wolves 5-0 at home. Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski, Ben Davies, Richarlison and Pedro Porro all got on the scoresheet in the emphatic win.
Biggest defeat: Manchester United 5-1 Spurs (January 13, 2024)
Just over a month before their biggest win, Spurs suffered their biggest loss of the campaign, being battered 5-1 by Man United at Old Trafford. Kane pulled a goal back just before half-time to make it 3-1, but Marcus Rashford completed his hat-trick in the second half with two strikes to pile on the misery for Spurs.
Derby days: Spurs vs Arsenal
The North London Derby honours were split evenly in the simulated season, with both Arsenal and Spurs beating each other in the Premier League. Spurs beat their rivals 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to a Son Heung-min strike before the Gunners won 2-0 in the reverse fixture.
Final game: Sheffield United 2-2 Spurs (May 19, 2024)
On the final day of the season, Spurs dropped two points as they sacrificed a strong lead against Sheffield United. Kane and Son both scored early on to send Postecoglou’s side into a 2-0 lead, but Rhian Brewster netted twice in the final nine minutes to complete the comeback and secure a 2-2 draw for the hosts.
2023/24 Premier League final standings:
Under the guidance of Postecoglou, Spurs found much more consistency and were in the battle for the Champions League spots all season long. A poor end to the 2023/24 campaign saw Spurs lose five of their last 10 games, but their strong start to the season was enough for the Lilywhites to secure their spot in the Champions League for the following season.