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Are Tottenham over their new stadium curse?

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been open for well over one year now. While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic might have put pay to hopes that it would regularly fill its 62,303 capacity, it looks like its football team have gotten well-suited to putting in some excellent performances within its glorious confines.

Last weekend saw Tottenham beating Leicester City 3-0 in a performance that featured two exceptional goals for star striker Harry Kane. Such impressive displays might not help Spurs get that elusive Champions League spot this season. But it should lay to rest any features that Tottenham were suffering from a curse inside its new stadium.

However, it's clear that Spurs remain a deeply inconsistent team, and a decent betting strategy like the ones outlined at would be necessary for any punter brave enough to back this team.

After all, much of the 2019/20 campaign has gone far from according to plan for Spurs. The team's appalling 2-7 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich was hardly the start to the new season that the team would have wanted. Even after much-loved head coach Mauricio Pochettino was given his marching orders, new boss Jose Mourinho didn't have much luck with a succession of injuries to key players like Kane and Son Heung-MIn.

All of which led many to suggest that Spurs were suffering from a new stadium curse that was similar to one suffered by many other top clubs after moving into their new homes.

Which other clubs have suffered from a new stadium jinx?

Arsenal were one of the dominant teams in English football until they moved into their new Emirates Stadium at the start of the 2006/7 season. Following this, the Gunners would have to wait until the 2014 FA Cup final before they next picked up any silverware.

West Ham also didn't get the start that they would have wanted when they moved into the London Stadium in 2016. Not only does this football ground have one of the most soulless atmospheres of any Premier League stadium, but it failed to catapult the team to greater things.

The Irons had a tough first season at the stadium, finishing 11th in the table, as well as losing star player Dimitri Payet. Following this, West Ham have always seemed to be locked in some kind of relegation battle, although David Moyes appears to have done enough to have kept the Hammers safe this season.

Even Premier League trailblazers Manchester City didn't benefit immediately from moving into their new home at the Etihad. It took City three games to finally win at home, and they only won seven of their first 24 matches in their first season at the new stadium.

Hopes for a Tottenham breakthrough

Although Tottenham have had a year to forget, it seems that things are finally starting to come good for Jose Mourinho's team. Spurs have managed to have produced one of the best points records since the Premier League restart, and Mourinho appears to be getting some sort of consistent line-up established.

For much of the 2019/20 campaign, Tottenham's manager was chopping and changing his squad with alarming regularity. But now a strong counter-attacking force has been built, with Giovani Lo Celso playing an important midfield role behind strong forwards such as Kane, Son Heung Min and Lucas Moura.

The reported £1 billion spent on Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has meant that the funds for new players are still relatively unforthcoming. Recent signings like Tanguy Ndombele have yet to have a consistent impact, although the likes of Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn appear to have had better luck.

Although Mourinho has stated that there will be no massive signings at Tottenham this summer, it seems as though the Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojberg is keen to join the London club. But until the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is able to host games at full capacity, it's hard to see where Spurs will get the funds needed to finally make a decent bid for that Premier League title.

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