The fixtures for the Premier league 2013-14 season revealed that the much anticipated in North London Derby will be coming earlier in the season.
Spurs will be travelling to the Emirates stadium hoping to reverse their poor run of form in recent years. The team has suffered embarrassing defeats in the last two matches at the Emirates stadium. Successive 5-2 victories meant that spurs will be the underdogs going into this match, but defender Michael Dawson is least worried about it because he sees this match as a great opportunity to reverse that trend.
After coming extremely close to leaving Tottenham last summer, Dawson has once again established himself as an important player within the Tottenham squad. Even though Tottenham have had a better record when it comes to the home matches at White Hart Lane, they have struggled at the Emirates stadium. They will be going into this match after a fifth place finish last season, which almost handed them a Champions League spot. Andre Villas-Boas’ men are still hurting from the disappointment of missing out on the top four despite being in a strong position going into the New Year.
Dawson has said that consistency is the key for Tottenham to finish in the top four and he is confident that they will be able to achieve it this season.
“We know what that game means to everyone. The Emirates hasn’t been great for us recently but that’s history now, hopefully we’ll go there early in the season and get a positive result,” said the defender. Tottenham will be facing Crystal Palace in the opening match of the Premier league. This London Derby will be yet another difficult match for the team according to Dawson, who has emerged as one of the consistent defenders in the Premier league.