Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018
Kick-Off at 12:30 UK
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London).
The stage is set for the North London derby as Spurs and Arsenal promise a super thrilling afternoon of football on Saturday following their impressive displays of late. Tottenham have collected four points from last two league ties which is a promising return if we know they’ve played the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in the process. The Gunners, on the other side, head into this on the back for a demolishing 5-1 victory over Everton with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a goal on his debut at Emirates Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have struggled for success beforehand as plenty of unexpected (not to say shocking) slip ups threatened to half their push for the Champions League spots next term. Nonetheless, with four points from clashes with the league’s heavyweights, Tottenham have seriously turned a corner and are now only a single point shy of reigning champions Chelsea in fourth.
Harry Kane has been just phenomenal so far in the season and he is expected to continue his fine spell of form here. The English striker has notched seven goals in last six appearances for the Spurs and he should have plenty of space to deliver past Arsenal’s defensive line. Speaking of it, the Gunners have shipped eight goals on last four travels in the Premier League and they’ll hardly improve these stats against the side which has the league’s top scorer in the squad.
Pochettino’s men are enjoying a hot run at Wembley where they have won five and drawn one of last six league matches coming into this derby with arch-rivals.
Tottenham: Team News
Toby Alderweireld is the only player unavailable for Spurs in the Northern London derby against Arsenal. The 28-year old Belgian stalwart is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Serge Aurier is fully fit again and is most likely to replace Kieran Trippier at right-back. Danny Rose is also pushing for a start and might take the place of Ben Davies at left back.
Tottenham: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Lloris – Rose, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Aurier – Dier, Dembele – Alli, Eriksen, Son – Kane.
Arsenal: Team News
Petr Cech and Nacho Monreal picked up knocks in the 5-1 rout of Everton last weekend. But the duo is expected to be fit in time to make it to the team sheet on Saturday.
The winter acquisitions Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang will once again partner Ozil in the attacking third.
Arsenal: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal – Ramsey, Xhaka – Ozil, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan – Aubameyang.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
Arsenal have been more successful over the history winning 69 and losing 52 of 168 derbies.
The Gunners acme on top when the two teams met in this term of Premier League as well, back in mid-November (2-0 at Emirates Stadium).
Both teams have scored in six of last eight North London derbies.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Prediction
There is a high chance of the high-scoring head to head trend to be continued as we can hardly see any of the two teams keeping their net untouched here.
As for the outcome, we’ll stick to the Spurs who have proven their strength against the heavyweights just in recent weeks.
Overall, Tottenham to win & BTTS looks good value at 3.20.