Thrilling North London Derby in Prospect

The third game to be played in the English Premier League on Sunday afternoon is between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The hosts begin the game in 9th place with 49 points to their name while the visitors are in 8th place on 50 points.

Tottenham Hotspur come into the match having been held to a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth on Thursday night. It was a disappointing performance by Spurs against a team in the relegation zone but they will feel they should have been awarded a penalty in the first half. That result means Tottenham Hotspur have won 2 of their 5 Premier League  matches following lockdown.

The victories have come at home against West Ham United and Everton. Both games saw under 2.5 goals and a clean sheet for Spurs.

 

Trends show Tottenham Hotspur have won just 2 of their 11 most recent matches in all competitions and have seen under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of their 6 most recent games in the Premier League.

 

Arsenal make the short trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having been held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester City on Tuesday night. The Gunners took the lead in the first half and looked as though they would go on to take maximum points. However, the sending off of Eddie Nketiah allowed Leicester to get a foothold in the game and eventually force the equaliser.

Having endured a difficult restart to the season following the lockdown, Arsenal are now undefeated in their last 5 games in all competitions. They have defeated Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home in the Premier League plus picked up maximum points at home against Norwich City. Arsenal also progressed to the semi-final of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield United 2-1 away from home.

 

Arsenal’s away form in the league shows they have won each of their last 2 games but they are the only victories Arsenal have managed in the last 9 away Premier League matches.

 

Team news and Tottenham Hotspur will be without Eric Dier due to suspension. Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth are unlikely to play any part in the game but Dele Alli could return to the squad.

 

Arsenal will be without the suspended striker Eddie Nketiah following his red card against Leicester City. Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli, Mesut Özil and Pablo Mari are unavailable due to injury.

Given the comments by the Arsenal social media team following Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat at Sheffield United, this has the makings of being an intense game. It should be close and this will be reflected in the final score. Do not expect to see many goals and the match could end level with under 2.5 goals scored.