It is the ‘North London derby’ time in the English Premier League at Wembley, as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Arsenal this Saturday for a lunch time fixture local time. This match will have a huge bearing on the top-four race of the Premier League.
If Arsenal defeat their North London rivals, they will move within a point of Spurs in third place. Tottenham need to win to maintain and try to run down the nine-point gap with the top-placed Liverpool.
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A 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the London derby meant Tottenham have now lost two in a row. One positive for Spurs is that they have not lost three consecutive Premier League matches since November 2012. However, that third defeat came against Arsenal!
With ten matches remaining in the season, Spurs can’t afford to drop any more points. Their title chances have gone bleak, and Tottenham have become inconsistent and unpredictable. They were ten points ahead of Arsenal, who can reduce that gap to one point with a win.
Five wins in six Premier League matches brought Arsenal back into the contention for top-three. They are still pursued by Manchester United and Chelsea trying to break into top-four, but the momentum is with the Gunners.
One worry for Unai Emery is his side’s poor away form. Arsenal have lost four of their last six away games in the Premier League. However, their lone win has come in their last trip and that could be a sign of changing form.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Harry Kane is a master of London derbies and has scored eight goals in eight league meetings against Arsenal. A very good pick for your fantasy side!
Mesut Ozil has been left cold, but has come roaring back into contention with a goal and assist against Bournemouth. The enigmatic German mid-fielder is a risky choice, but worth a look.
Alexandre Lacazette is in fine form with five goals in his last six Premier League matches. He has a goal to his name in the 4-2 win over Spurs earlier this season.
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Tottenham Hotspur: 1 Hugo Lloris 2 Toby Alderweireld 3 Davinson Sanchez 4 Jon Vertonghen 5 Serge Aurier 6 Moussa Sissoko 7 Harry Winks 8 Danny Rose 9 Christian Eriksen 10 Harry Kane 11 Son Heung-Min
Arsenal: 1 Bernd Leno 2 Sokratis 3 Laurent Koscielny 4 Shkodran Mustafi 5 Ainsley Maitland-Niles 6 Aaron Ramsey 7 Lucas Torreira 8 Granit Xhaka 9 Sead Kolasinac 10 Alexandre Lacazette 11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang