Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tottenham vs Arsenal Premier League - February 10, 2018

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Tottenham vs Arsenal - Competition: English Premier League
 
Tottenham team enter this match on the back of a 2-0 victory over Newport County in English FA Cup last Wednesday. As to the Premier League, they clawed their way back to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw last weekend. Spurs now sit a place and four points above Arsenal coming into the match and are enjoying a 12 match unbeaten run. Mauricio Pochettino's men are are unbeaten in their last three North London derbies at home against Arsenal in the league, winning two.
Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Winks all returned from injury to start in midweek but they are all expected to make the bench. Lucas Moura is also available for Tottenham after he was forced to miss the FA Cup last time out. Anyway, Mauricio Pochettino will keep faith in his usual attack, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung Min supporting the lone striker Harry Kane upfront. Serge Aurier played the full 90 minutes in midweek, so Kieran Tripper looks poised to start at right-back. Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies will complete the back four while Eric Dier and Mousa Dembelè are likely to anchor the midfield, with Victor Wanyama providing cover.
Arsenal were in blistering form against Everton last time out and triumphed 5-1, with new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mhkitaryan in impressive form. Arsene Wenger's side is one of the best home team in the top flight but their away record is very poor. The Gunners have won only one of their last eight competitive games on the road, and have lost back to back games on the travels against Swansea and Bournemouth. In terms of direct matches, Arsenal defeated Tottenham 2-0 when these two met in November at the Emirates Stadium
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Petr Cech is a doubt for the North London Derby, so we will probably see David Ospina defending the Gunners' goal. The Gunners boss may decide to switch from a 4-2-3-1 formation to a slightly more defensive 4-3-3. That would see Jack Wilshere joining Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park. Up front, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are expected to start in advanced midfield positions behind striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette provide further options. In defense, Nacho Monreal looks set to be in contention following illness, with Ainsley Maitland Niles and Sead Kolasinac viable alternatives.
 
Tottenham last 5 matches:
21/01/18 Southampton 1 – 1 Tottenham
27/01/18 Newport County 1 – 1 Tottenham
31/01/18 Tottenham 2 – 0 Man United
04/02/18 Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham
07/02/18 Tottenham – Newport County

Arsenal last 5 matches:
14/01/18 Bournemouth 2 – 1 Arsenal
20/01/18 Arsenal 4 – 1 Crystal Palace
24/01/18 Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea
30/01/18 Swansea City 3 – 1 Arsenal
03/02/18 Arsenal 5 – 1 Everton
 
Date: 10 February 2018
Kick-off Time: 12:30 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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