Fixture fiasco: How Tottenham have been short-changed, while Man United benefit

The next month is a critical one for Tottenham Hotspur’s season and there is certainly no shortage of things to be excited about for the fans.

Another win in the Premier League on Sunday against Leicester City would keep Spurs within touching distance of the top two and potentially extend the distance between Mauricio Pochettino’s men and fifth place to ten points.

Add to this the mouth-watering Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund, with Tottenham hosting the Bundesliga leaders at Wembley on Wednesday night.

However, ahead of this weekend’s action, the fixture list has me scratching my head.

Manchester United, who are also in Champions League action in midweek, played their domestic fixture against Fulham early on Saturday – but Spurs are made to wait 24 hours later?

Yes, United are playing PSG on Tuesday and Tottenham are not in action until the following night – but couldn’t both teams have played on Saturday?

Although the television rights have a lot to do with fixtures these days, couldn’t the English authorities have given Tottenham a helping hand by having their game against Leicester on Saturday, rather than Sunday?

The extra day of recuperation and potential preparation ahead of the Dortmund fixture would have been appreciated by Pochettino.

In other European leagues, the domestic fixture lists are drawn up to benefit teams playing on the continent in the subsequent midweek – why are Tottenham forced to play on Sunday rather than Saturday?