The fixtures which could be make or break for Nuno Espirito Santo and his time at Tottenham

By Emma de Duve

Tottenham have already played 12 games in the 2021/22 campaign and despite the two international breaks, the fixtures don't stop coming after they return to the Premier League.

Spurs' Europa Conference League run has taken them joint-top after a draw against Rennes and a win over NS Mura.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have also progressed in the Carabao Cup, after a victory in their penalty shootout against Wolves.

The Lilywhites return from the second international break of the season sitting eighth in the table after seven league games, in which they have won four and lost three.

The Portuguese head coach currently has a few injury issues with Matt Doherty picking up a knock for Ireland and Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwjin still seeming to be out with injury. However, after Ben Davies withdrew from the Wales squad due to illness, he seems to have made a return to training.

The Lilywhites still have their key players to go into their upcoming fixtures and football.london takes a look at who the north London side face in the coming weeks.

Newcastle - Premier League (A):

Tottenham's first match when the Premier League resumes is against the newly taken over Newcastle, who are yet to win a game this season.

The sides drew both their matches against each other in the 2020/21 campaign and with their new owners and a sell-out home end, the Magpies may fancy themselves to get some points from the north London club.

However, with Espirito Santo still not convincing all Spurs fans that he is the right man to lead the club to success, he also has something to prove at St James' Park.

Vitesse - Europa Conference League (A):

The last team Spurs have to play in their Europa Conference League group is Vitesse, who have won one and lost one of their first two group fixtures.

This will be the north London's club's first trip to the Netherlands since their Champions League semi-final game against Ajax, which is an unforgettable one for Spurs fans and Lucas Moura, after his hat-trick took them to the final.

Tottenham will be hoping for a result from the game to keep them at the top of the table.

Tottenham have some tough fixtures ahead in the Premier League and the Europa Conference League (Photo by Calum Trenaman)

West Ham - Premier League (A):

Another London derby for Spurs comes against West Ham, who currently sit just below the Lilywhites in the League table, just one point behind.

The north London club recently lost three consecutive derbies against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal with some poor performances.

Tottenham will be hoping for an improved display and a result when they travel across London to face David Moyes' side.

Burnley - Carabao Cup (A):

Espirito Santo's side's fourth consecutive away trip in their upcoming fixtures sees them travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley, in the Carabao Cup.

The Clarets currently sit 18th in the Premier League but got a victory over Newcastle to progress in the domestic competition.

Both sides had their fixtures go to a penalty shootout in the previous round but will be hoping the game will be decided in 90 minutes.

Spurs will be expecting to win when they play Sean Dyche's side, after beating them in both Premier League fixtures last season.

Man United - Premier League (H):

The Lilywhites then return to home turf and welcome Man United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side currently sit fourth in the league and have also won four of their games, including victories over West Ham, Newcastle and Wolves.

The fixture will be a difficult one for the home side, who did beat United 6-1 when they travelled to Old Trafford last season, but lost 3-1 in the home tie.

Vitesse - Europa Conference League (H):

Just two weeks after the away fixture, Espirito Santo and his Tottenham team welcome Vitesse to north London.

The line-up the head coach opts for will likely be effected by the performance and result in the first of the two matches between these sides.

However, Spurs will also want to make sure they get maximum points from the fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, to get them one step closer to progressing in the European competition.

Everton - Premier League (A):

The north London club's second November fixture will be another away trip and this time they will travel Goodison Park to face Rafael Benitez's side.

Everton are currently two points ahead of Tottenham after only losing one game so far this season, helping them sit fifth in the league.

The Toffees knocked the Lilywhites out of the FA Cup last season before the two teams drew in their April fixture.

A run of games for Spurs which involve a number of away matches in three competitions, all of which Espirito Santo will be hoping to win, not just to help his side succeed but also to secure his job.


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