Competition: Premier League
Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, February 7 – 12:45PM
Match Odds: Tottenham 21/10 – Draw 13/5 – Arsenal 23/20
Tottenham. Arsenal. It’s the North London Derby and both sides come into the game in strong form and know a win is even more important than usual in the latest episode of this intense rivalry.
Spurs currently sit in sixth in the Premier League and are just two points behind the Gunners who sit one place higher in fifth. Both sides know that a win could propel them into the top four and both will be looking for a victory in this one.
Mauricio Pochettino has seen Spurs lose just one of their last nine in the league, in that 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace last month, and has seen the club’s fortunes at home improve as they are unbeaten in six at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 6 – Drawn 2 – Lost 4
Arsenal are in just as good form as they have only lost one of their last eight in the Premier League and have now recorded three straight league wins, beating Aston Villa 5-0 last time out.
However we all know form goes out of the window in games as big as this one and Arsenal will be looking to record back-to-back league wins at White Hart Lane after winning 1-0 last season.
Arsenal’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 5 – Drawn 3 – Lost 4
The reverse fixture back in September ended 1-1 in a tight game that was closely contested throughout and you can expect Saturday’s clash to be just as nervy for both sets of supporters.
Arsenal will be without star man and top goalscorer Alexis Sanchez as Arsene Wenger has confirmed the Chilean has not recovered from a hamstring injury in time.
That’s a major blow for the Gunners as he has three goals and two assists in his last four games in all competitions. Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also remain out.
Spurs are more fortunate on the injury front as they are the only side in the Premier League without a player in the treatment room. Nabil Bentaleb has returned from the African Cup of Nations with Algeria and could be in line for a start if he is fit enough to play.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane will look to provide the spark for Spurs again as the pair have scored five goals between them in Tottenham’s last two outings.
Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/L/W/W
Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: Spurs have won just one of the last seven North London Derby’s in the Premier League and FA Cup combined.
Key Player: Christian Eriksen – The Danish playmaker has been in tremendous form and he is the man who Spurs will look to if they are to win this one.
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2–2 Arsenal – Neither side can afford to lose this.