Tottenham vs Arsenal Prediction and Analysis
After the big Manchester derby on Saturday, the Premier League program this round offers us a new spectacle.
It will be the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.
Spurs have struggled for consistency this season after alternating between strong and weak results in the Premier League.
But it has traditionally been solid in recent Premier League home runs of the Gunners.
Tottenham have won the last 4 North London derbies played in front of their own fans (incl. 1 control).
And they last lost to Arsenal at home only in 2015.
But the results of the last few matches of Antonio Conte's Tottenham Hotspur team do not inspire them with much optimism.
As Spurs have suffered defeats against Newcastle, Liverpool and Aston Villa in their last 4 league home games.
At the same time, the Gunners recorded 4 consecutive away wins before today's meeting (3 in the league and 1 in the FA Cup).
So the visitors should have enough confidence in their heads to win today as well.
Because the class and skills to do so possess them.
As a bolder version of my prediction, I would indicate: 2 (-1.5 Asian Handicap).
Tottenham - statistics and info
Tottenham are 5th in the Premier League standings, 11 points behind arch-rivals Arsenal. As there is a match more.
Admittedly, Spurs have been plagued by poor home Premier League results of late.
Losing to Newcastle, Liverpool and Aston Villa.
Even their only recent success at home against Leeds was a patchy performance.
As Tottenham fell behind three times before winning 4-3.
However, Spurs showed their true worth as they cruised to a 4-0 victory away to Crystal Palace.
And then they beat Portsmouth 1-0 in the FA Cup in a game with a heavily changed line-up.
Assistant manager Christian Stellini believes Tottenham are now ready for derby day, stating:
"I think we're coming in at a good time, in a good mood ."
"It's a really great game, a North London derby, so there's nothing to say."
Harry Kane scored twice against Palace to take his total to 15 in the league this season.
The 29-year-old's brilliant record against Arsenal is also well known - he has scored 14 times in previous derbies.
Arsenal - statistics and info
Arsenal, who beat Oxford 3-0 in the cup on Monday, have been outstanding this season.
But being top of the Premier League puts extra pressure on them.
Many felt that Mikel Arteta was starting to show signs of strain.
Mainly for his touchline antics in last week's 0-0 draw with Newcastle at the Emirates.
The Spaniard later described two late penalties as "scandalous" as the Gunners dropped points at home for the first time this season.
Now they have to overcome the psychological barrier and face Spurs away.
After losing 0-3 here in May , before being dumped out of the Champions League by Tottenham.
“We're going to practice really hard. We're going to take the energy of how we felt last year and use it in the game ."
Midfielder Emil Smith Rowe said.
"Obviously most of us already know what it felt like back then."
"A win would be important for us. I think it couldn't come at a better time. Now we feel very good.''
"All the guys know what it means to play in games like this."
However, this is the match in which the Gunners will miss the experience of Gabriel Jesus in forward positions .
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Loris; Romero, Dyer, Lenglet; Doherty, Bissuma, Hoiberg, Perisic; Kuluszewski, Kane, Son
Injured: Richarlison, Moura, Bentancourt (questionable)
Lineup: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jacka, Party; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketia
Injured: Jesus, Nelson
Matches between Tottenham and Arsenal
|Arsenal 3:1 Tottenham
|Tottenham 3:0 Arsenal
|Arsenal 3:1 Tottenham
|Tottenham 1:0 Arsenal
|Arsenal 2:1 Tottenham
|Tottenham 2:0 Arsenal