Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups
Team News: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal injury, suspension list, predicted XIs Tottenham Hotspur will be desperate to put another dent in Arsenal’s Premier League title ambitions when they play host to their adversaries in Sunday afternoon’s North London derby. The Gunners enter the 193rd North London derby sitting pretty at the top of the table – four places and 11 points better off than Antonio Conte’s men – and here Spylax Media rounds up the team news for both clubs.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Out: Lucas Moura (tendon) Doubtful: Yves Bissouma (ankle), Dejan Kulusevski (muscle), Rodrigo Bentancur (groin), Richarlison (thigh) Spylax”s predicted XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Doherty, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
ARSENAL Out: Gabriel Jesus (knee), Reiss Nelson (thigh) Doubtful: None Spylax’s predicted XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah
The 193rd North London derby will feature today’s Premier League action, with Tottenham Hotspur hosting fierce rivals and league leaders Arsenal.
The Gunners defeated Antonio Conte’s slow team 3-1 earlier this season, but the Lilywhites are a different beast in North London derbies on their home turf.
- Manchester United’s stance on acquiring Marco Reus as the transfer window nears its close.
- Oleksandr Zinchenko issues a caution to Manchester City supporters after losing his huff with former teammates.
- Pep Guardiola praises Arsenal Player as an “incredible weapon” after his lively performance in Arsenal’s FA Cup match.
- Fans astonished after hearing Lionel Messi speak English ‘for the first time’
- Joao Cancelo’s admission to Pep Guardiola may help him reclaim a starting spot for Manchester City.
Conte left the managerial duties to Cristian Stellini while he mourned the death of former Juventus teammate and Italy legend Gianluca Vialli, and saw his Tottenham side work harder for their FA Cup win over League One side Portsmouth than they did for their Premier League thrashing of Crystal Palace.
Tottenham relied on a sweetly shot Harry Kane three days after sending four unanswered goals past the Eagles away from home. attempt to get them over the line against a tenacious and resolute Portsmouth team, securing a fourth-round trip to Preston North End.
While ending Spurs’ dreadful 15-year trophy drought will undoubtedly be on Conte’s mind, the Italian faces an uphill battle to make it back-to-back seasons in the Champions League for Spurs, who currently sit fifth in the table with 33 points from a possible 54 – two points behind Manchester United despite having played one more game.
Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace is perhaps their only convincing victory in the last few months, with three of their last four Premier League home games ending in defeat, during which time they have lost three of their last four Premier League games
have given up at least two goals per game.
The Lilywhites’ victory at Selhurst Park ended a horrific seven-game league run without a clean sheet, and they have not failed to score against Arsenal in the top level since November 2017, yet supporters in red and white will not make the short trek to enemy territory trembling.
- Comparison of Manchester City’s wage bill with Manchester United and Liverpool FC supports Pep Guardiola’s argument.
- Cody Gakpo desires a Liverpool ‘accident’ and addresses a position shift in play following his transfer.
- Klopp describes Arthur in two words at Liverpool training right now.
- “Oleksandr Zinchenko Loses Temper and shoves Away Former Manchester City Teammates”
- Why “Pep Guardiola Surprised by Mikel Arteta’s Impact in Manchester City’s FA Cup Win Against Arsenal”
Arsenal is learning the hard way about aggressive handball penalty appeals after having to answer to not one but two improper conduct accusations in their previous two matches, although their rejection of a spot kick against Oxford United had little impact on the outcome of that FA Cup third-round contest.
Eddie Nketiah continued to defy the doubters in the absence of Gabriel Jesus. This was four goals in four games after Mohamed Elneny changed his long-range missiles for a close-range header to open the stalemate at the Kassam Stadium, but the Gunners will now have to go through Manchester City to reach round five.
Six days before taking on Oxford, Arsenal pushed and puffed but couldn’t break down the brick wall that was Newcastle United in a 0-0 Premier League tie, reducing their advantage over Manchester City to five points as the season approached the halfway point.
With Manchester United in the league and Manchester City on the way before the end of the month, business both on and off the field will be telling top transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk is keeping a close eye on Arsenal’s title credentials this weekend.
Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games, and they have five wins from their last six top-flight away games, including each of their last three, to brag about. Six goals conceded away from home is, unsurprisingly, the best defensive record in the Premier League, alongside Man City and Newcastle.
Arsenal’s deserved win over Spurs at the Emirates in October featured goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus, and Granit Xhaka, but Tottenham have won all three North London derbies at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and would love nothing more than to derail their opponents’ title hopes even further.