Most Spurs fans will have groaned when it was announced that the club would kick off the season with an away trip to Manchester United, but on reflection it could be the best time to take them on.
With United having made several signings and with more seemingly to come, perhaps it is best for Tottenham to go up against them when they are relatively disorganised.
In particular the defence looks like an area where United could be weak. They have failed to sign a new centre-half so far this summer and it currently looks like Daley Blind could start the season on the left side of the central defence.
Blind has started as a central defender in the last three pre-season games and Louis van Gaal has hinted that the side which began against Barcelona last week will line up against Spurs for the season opener.
The Dutch international mainly played as a left-back or central midfielder last season and though he has experience as a centre-back, Tottenham will hope to exploit his lack of physical suitability to the role.
Blind is only 5ft 11″ tall and doesn’t have great pace. Can Tottenham capitalise on this potential weak link on the opening day of the season?