Tottenham v Arsenal: Match Preview

The North London Derby is one of the most anticipated games in the Premier League season. For the first time in a long time, Tottenham look to have the significantly better chance of winning the match, as their squad and form is better than their rivals. Spurs sit 14 points clear of Arsenal, but won’t be worried about this as they need a win to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top.

Tottenham’s have won their last eight matches in the Premier League, and have lost just once in 18, having won 15 of those. They’ve also won 12 consecutive games at White Hart Lane, so they’ll be full of confidence heading into this derby.

Arsenal have won four of their last five in all competitions, but have lost four of their last five away from home in the Premier League.

This fixture has favoured Tottenham in recent times since Pochettino took the helm at Tottenham. He has won once and drawn four, meaning he is still unbeaten in the North London Derby.

Pochettino:

“My feeling is now, when you are so close – only four points the gap – I will be very disappointed if we don’t win the title.

“My challenge or my aim is not to be above Arsenal. My aim is to be above 19 teams and to be first, to be on the top.

“You cannot ignore Chelsea’s game before us, but we played the day after they lost to Crystal Palace and it didn’t affect our preparation.”

Wenger:

“This is one of the only times where Spurs look in people’s minds as the favourites.

“I expect an open, committed match with high pace and there could be goals as both teams play positive football.

“I don’t think that the top three is decided. We have an opportunity to be in there only if we win our games, we don’t have to speculate at all.

“There is a lot that can happen until the end of the season.”

I predict Tottenham will win, based on their superb home form. I think Sanchez will grab a consolation, but it will finish 3-1 to Spurs, with a Kane brace and an Alli goal.

If Chelsea lose to Everton, and Tottenham win, the last 4 games will be must-win for both teams as the title becomes within touching distance.

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