Tottenham v Arsenal – Wembley Stadium at 12:30 GMT Live at BT Sport
Tottenham Hotspur are currently facing quite a difficult week since they are fresh off the back of two back-to-back defeats. Their point-advantage in the third spot in the standings has been reduced in those last fixtures. One more loss and they will definitely say goodbye to their hopes of mounting a challenge in the Premier League title race. The Spurs will try to bounce back from their recent slip-ups when they welcome Arsenal to the Wembley Stadium for their Premier League showdown.
The Spurs will enter this fixture off the back of two defeats to Chelsea 2-0, and Burnley 2-1. They are now 9 points behind league leaders Liverpool and 8 points behind reigning champions Manchester City. The Spurs managed to win 5 of their previous 7 Premier League fixtures at home against Arsenal, so this won’t be good news for the Gunners. Apart from this, Mauricio Pochettino’s men managed to come out victorious in 9 of their 13 home league matches so far this season.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will come into this match looking to continue their impressive feat. They are on the back of a fabulous 5-1 win against Bournemouth. Furthermore, the Gunners overpassed Manchester United in the standings since they are now seated at the 4th spot in the Premier League table. However, Unai Emery’s men just won 1 of their 7 league fixtures on the road, losing 4 fixtures throughout. Moreover, going against a Harry Kane-led side could prove to be quite a challenge for Arsenal.
– Dele Alli remains a doubt due to hamstring injury that kept him out since January.
– Eric Dier is currently suffering from tonsillitis and unsure if he will feature on the clash against the Gunners.
– Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, and Rob Holding are long-term absentees.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Hugo Lloris, Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane
Bernd Leno; Stephan Lichsteiner, Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreria, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi, Alexandre Lacazette
Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the Premier League, being among the players included in the top goal-scoring charts. He has been one of the key players for the Spurs ever since, being involved in most of Tottenham’s victories this season.
Alexandre Lacazette is regarded as one of the best, yet underrated, strikers in the top flight. He has been involved in the recent victories of Arsenal so far this season and it doesn’t seem like he will be slowing down anytime soon.
Tottenham v Arsenal: 2-2
This is an important tie for both sides. Tottenham cannot afford any more slipups if they want to remain in the race of the English top flight title. They will also need a positive result in order to have some confidence when they travel to Dortmund for their second leg clash in the Champions League. Arsenal, however, are recently displaying an improved form after a few unconvincing performances. A close gap is in between these two teams on the table which means they will be both desperate to claim the victory on Saturday.
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