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At last! Tottenham ready to open new home

Tottenham are finally preparing to move into their new stadium, with the club set to make an announcement within the next 24 hours.

The long-awaited switch to the new White Hart Lane is not imminent; the club are still conducting final checks and waiting for the appropriate safety certificates.

But Sportsmail understands Spurs are working towards a potential fixture in March.

Tottenham host bitter rivals Arsenal on March 2 before Crystal Palace travel to face Mauricio Pochettino’s men 14 days later.

Given the potential for trouble against Arsenal, and the possibility of losing the first game at their new home to their arch-rivals, there is thought to be a reluctance to open the doors to the state-of-the-art new ground against the Gunners.

That leaves the game against Palace on March 16 as the emerging favourite.

Spurs’ final home fixture in February is against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on February 13. It seems highly unlikely the new £1billion stadium will be ready for that clash.

Spurs have consecutive Premier League home fixtures again Brighton and Huddersfield in April but they hope to have made the move by then.

Tottenham had hoped to have moved in last September but a series of teething problems have forced the club to delay the opening.

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