Tottenham vs Arsenal, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Kickoff: 12:45 GMT, Saturday, 5th March 2016.
This weekend’s Premier League round of fixtures kick start with one of the most anticipated London derby of the year as Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane to take on fellow title contenders Tottenham Hotspur.
Both teams tasted defeat in their mid-week fixtures as Spurs fell to hard working neighbors West Ham, while Arsenal were humbled at their home by relegation threatened Swansea.
Tottenham and Arsenal are second and third in the league table respectively separated by three points and the outcome of their clash could have a substantial effect on the title race leading towards the end of the season.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Form Comparison
Last Five Premier League Matches
Tottenham finally lost after going on a 6-match winning streak. Their defeat at West Ham is the second of this season and first since the defeat to Manchester at Old Trafford on the matchday 1.
The Spurs have lost 2 of their last 6 homes matches, against Newcastle in December and Leicester City in January, both by one goal margin. They have scored in 5 of the last 6 home games.
Arsenal have now lost three matches in a row in all competitions and failed to win in their last four matches.
The Gunners have won only once in their last five away matches, which was a 2-0 win against newly promoted Bournemouth. They have drawn against Stoke City and Liverpool and lost to Southampton and Manchester United during that period. Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 2 away matches.
Tottenham: Team News
Clinton N’Jie and Jan Vertonghen will miss Saturday’s North London Derby derby due to their respective injuries, while Mousa Dembele is struggling for fitness.
Both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are expected to start here alongside Heung-min Son, who is expected to replace Nacer Chadli.
Tottenham: Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)
Lloris – Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose – Dier, Alli – Eriksen, Lamela, Son – Kane.
Arsenal: Team News
Arsene Wenger will miss their star goal keeper Petr Cech due to the calf injury he picked up during the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea. Colombian shot stopper David Ospina is a direct replacement and is set to start for the Gunners.
Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Laurent Koscielny and Mikel Arteta are already out with respective injuries.
Danny Welbeck is set to make another start and with Joel Campbell expected to retain his spot which may result in relegating Giroud to the bench.
Arsenal: Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Ospina – Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin – Ramsey, Coquelin – Sanchez, Campbell, Ozil – Welbeck.
Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Head-to-Head Stats
The matches between the two sides are often a tightly contested affair. Tottenham boast of a superior record while playing against Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
The Spurs were victorious in 3 of their last 5 meetings at home, with Arsenal winning one. And four out of those five matches have seen over 2.5 goals.
The reverse fixture of this season’s clash between the sides at the Emirates witnessed a 1-1 draw, where a Harry Kane’s first half goal was cancelled by Kieran Gibbs equaliser in the 77th minute.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Prediction
This is a must win situation for the two London clubs after both squandered a good chance to get close to Leicester in the mid-week. But Arsenal’s poor form will give Pochettino’s men an upper hand going into the game. And their recent record against the Gunners at White Hart Lane is a decent one.[interaction id=”56d8913f4ab46a01036d4900″]