North London Derby Preview


The last time Tottenham Hotspur finished above Arsenal in the Premier League, Dele Alli wasn’t even born. The North London rivals line up against each other on Sunday at White hart Lane and a win for the home side would see them move 17 points clear of Arsenal and guaranteed of finishing above them for the first time since season 1994/95.

Spurs hopes of a title win are still alive and with Chelsea facing a tricky trip to Everton at the weekend, they will be fired up for the visit of Arsenal. Their next 3 games are tricky with West Ham United away following the Arsenal game and Manchester United at home after that. Should they come through those games unscathed, the league will go down to the final 2 games.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have been incredible this season and with 44 goals between them, they won’t have a better chance than this season. With Manchester United rumoured to be considering a move for Eriksen in the transfer window, holding on to these 3 will be crucial to their hopes of a sustained challenge.

Arsenal don’t have their troubles to seek at the moment. They got lucky during the week and it took an own goal by Robert Huth in the 88th minute for them to scrape by Leicester City. With both Manchester City and Manchester United facing relatively easy games this weekend, a loss in the North London derby would see them lose further ground on the top 4. They have lost 4 of their last 5 league matches away from the Emirates Stadium, conceding 13 and scoring just 4. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored in their only away win in that run. A 2-1 win over a truly terrible Middlesbrough side.

The last 3 matches between these two have finished with a draw. It was 2-2 in this fixture last season,  although recent form dictates that Arsenal will be doing well to repeat that scoreline. Harry Kane revels in this fixture and has scored in each of his last 3 matches. Harry Kane has scored twice since returning from injury, but with 20 goals so far this season, he will be going all out to add to that total on Sunday.

Will Tottenham take their chance or will Arsenal return to form and put a spanner in the works? One thing is for sure though, with so much at stake for both sides, we should be in for a thrilling match on Sunday.

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