Tottenham Vs Arsenal North London Derby: Preview, Team News, Likely Lineups, And Prediction
Pochettino's army have lost just one of their last seven games against the Gunners; their recent loss was in earlier this season which ended as a 2-0 win for Arsene Wenger's side.
It is North London derby on the agenda this Saturday when Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur host rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.
This derby will be the third game in the run of demanding fixture list for Spurs, who have already faced Manchester United and Liverpool, in the last two league games.
Tottenham progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup after an easy win over League Two side Newport County at Wembley. A goal from Eric Dier and an own goal from Butler help Pochetino’s side to prepare for the North London Derby in the best possible way.
In their last PL game, Tottenham played a 2-2 thriller at Anfield against Liverpool last weekend. The Lilywhites came back twice from being a goal down in the game.
A thunderous strike from outside of the box from Wanyama and a stoppage-time spot kick from Harry Kane earned a valuable point for Tottenham in the race for top four.
The draw against the Merseyside Reds meant Pochettino’s men are now unbeaten in the last ten games in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Arsenal hammered Everton 5-1 at Emirates in the game inspired by the new arrivals from Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. The January signings, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both, made their full Premier League debut in the game.
Aubameyang marked his debut with an excellent goal while his teammate from their Dortmund days, Mkhitaryan, provided an astounding three assists. No one has assisted three or more times in the Premier League since Santi Cazorla did in 2013.
However, the show was stolen by Aaron Ramsey as the Welshman scored a brilliant hat-trick, from just three shots, to claim the match ball.
The win against the Toffees meant Wenger’s men have won three of their last four games in all competitions. However, Arsenal have only managed to pick up eight points from the possible 18, in the last six games in the Premier League, not the perfect start of the year for Arsene Wenger.
Tottenham Hotspur have drawn closer to the top four in the Premier League table with the recent run of decent results. They are currently just a place and a point behind Chelsea, who are fourth in the table.
Pochettino’s men are also just two points behind Liverpool at third whereas, below them, Arsenal are four points behind and are in the sixth position in the table.
Spurs currently have 49 points on board compared to Arsenal’s 45. Both the North London sides have scored exactly 51 goals in the league this season.
However, Wenger’s team have conceded 11 more goals. These two North London sides who are directly below the Champions League places in the Premier league table are among the five times who are realistically challenging for three of the top four spots, come the end of the season.
The weekend’s fixture is set to be a classic six-pointer and can potentially be a defining moment in the fight to finish in the top four this season.
Harry Kane and company, have won 28 out of a possible 39 points at Wembley this season, dropping 11 points in the process. In the whole of last season, they dropped just four points at White Hart Lane. Spurs have dropped 37 points from leading situations in the Premier League against Arsenal, more than any team has against any other side in the competition.
Arsenal are aiming to do a league double over their North London rivals for the fourth time in the history of the Premier League, doing so previously in 2004/05, 2007/08, 2013/14. The Gunners have won more Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition. They have won 121 London derbies in total and 52 London derbies away from home, which is also a record.
Spurs’s hitman, Harry Kane, scored his 22nd goal in the league this season against Liverpool in the weekend, which was his 100th goal in the Premier League. He became the second quickest player to reach the Premier League’s 100 Club, after reaching the landmark in 141 appearances, only Alan Shearer made it there quicker, in just 121 appearances.
Kane has scored 21 goals in 32 Premier League London derbies, averaging 0.66 goals per game. The Englishman has scored six goals in six league meetings against Arsenal, only failing to score in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Toby Alderweireld has been out since the start of November due to a hamstring injury, and the defender is reported to be back in training. However, he is unlikely to play in the derby on Saturday.
New signing Lucas Moura has not made his debut for the Spurs. He is unlikely to start this game.
Nacho Monreal has had an injury-plagued winter. The defender was subbed off at halftime in the last game. The Spaniard remains a doubt for the derby. Peter Cech has a calf injury and is doubtful to play.
Cazorla and Welbeck are unavailable for selection for Wenger due to their injury issues.
Tottenham vs Arsenal Key Stats
Arsenal vs Tottenham Lineup (Probable XI)
Tottenham Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Trippier (RB), Sanchez (RCB), Vertonghen (LCB), Davies (LB)
Midfield: Dier (CDM), Dembele (CDM), Son (LAM), Eriksen (CAM), Alli (RAM)
Arsenal Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Bellerin (RB), Mustafi (RCB), Koscielny (LCB), Monreal (LB)
Midfield: Ramsey (CDM), Xhaka (CDM), Iwobi (LAM), Mkhitaryan (RAM), Ozil (CAM)
Arsenal vs Tottenham Prediction
This fixture has seen both sides score in a game on 34 occasions in the PL, more than any other fixture in the competition. Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 games in all competitions, while Spurs have scored at least once in each of their last 18 games.
Therefore, one need be surprised if we see lots goals in this one. Arsenal new-look attack line is quickly settling down, and Spurs have been in good form recently. To add to that, it is a local derby; so Saturday’s game could turn out to be a grand spectacle.
Our prediction is a 2-1 win for Spurs.