Spurs At Wembley

This season will be the last Premier League season for a while that Tottenham Hotspur play their home games in an iconic stadium. Having bid farewell to White Hart Lane, a staple of this country's footballing history, Spurs will be crashing at the home of English football, Wembley. There is no doubt that Spurs' new 61,000 seater stadium will be a spectacular arena but it will not be able to claim iconic status until it has welcomed home a title-winning side.

Of course, Spurs seem to be edging closer to their first ever Premier League trophy. Mauricio Pochettino has implemented vibrant attacking football that has won the affection of neutrals throughout the country. Perhaps it is fitting that Spurs will be moving into a new stadium considering the young prospects they have at their disposal, marking the beginning of an exciting era for the club. Dele Alli appears to have the world at his feet, whilst the likes of Josh Onomah and Harry Winks seem on the verge of establishing their reputation as future stars for club and country.

With a young team, there is a risk that players will be fazed by the pressures of such a large arena. There is a disconnect between the spectators and players at Wembley, making it dissimilar to White Hart Lane in that regard. Whilst White Hart Lane felt relatively compact, contributing to the generation of intense atmosphere, Wembley is grander and more open. Whilst White Hart Lane almost demanded fans to participate in the match through their vocal support, Wembley demands the players to entertain the fans as if in some sort of gladiatorial arena.

In this season more than most, consistency could be crucial. Spurs have consistency in their playing staff as the quietest club in the Premier League so far in the transfer window but, in a title race that promises to be extremely competitive, the slightest edge could make the difference. It is difficult for punters to predict quite what will happen but it is possible to find analysts that can offer some insight. For instance, when at Sportspredictor.com, bettors get the benefit of learning from people with more than ten years' experience betting on European football, with tips sent right to their inbox.

There are six clubs (the Manchester duo, Champions Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs) that have genuine aspersions of winning the title, and Spurs will hope that the relocation will not have a negative effect.

Commentators have already pointed to Spurs' disappointing record at Wembley in their European campaign last season. A 4-2 defeat to Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final compounded the misery at Wembley that saw Spurs win just one out of four so-called 'home' ties in European competition last season. Overall, their record at the new Wembley leaves a lot to be desired. Nine trips since 2007 have resulted in just two wins, with Spurs' triumph in the 2008 League Cup a more notable victory than the 3-1 defeat of CSKA Moscow that sealed Spurs' transition from Champions League to Europa League last season.

Nine matches is hardly a convincing sample size, so it is important not to read too much into that admittedly poor record. Once Spurs become accustomed to the nature of the large pitch and towering seating at Wembley, they can begin to relish playing in what truly is an iconic stadium. If things start to go wrong, however, then there is no doubt that Wembley will share the blame, whether it deserves it or not.

Spurs At Wembley