2019-20 Premier League: Week 35 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Date: Sunday 12 July (4:30pm BST), Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Arsenal to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a crunch North London derby clash in the third part of a Super Sunday quadruple header.

Depending on how Wolves fare earlier in day, a win for either Tottenham or Arsenal could see either club climb to seventh. 

 

Team News

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Dele Alli could return from a thigh injury which has kept him out of Tottenham’s last two games.

Eric Dier will serve the second of a four match ban whilst Japhet Tanganga (back) and Juan Foyth (knee) remain absent. 

Arsenal will be without Eddie Nketiah who serves the first of a three match ban after being sent off in midweek against Leicester. 

Mesut Ozil (back) could feature but Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli (all knee), Matteo Guendouzi (disciplinary) and Pablo Mari (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Arsenal in all competitions (W2, D2, L1). 
  • Arsenal have won just one of their last five away trips to Tottenham (W1, D2, L2)
  • Spurs’ Harry Kane has scored once in each of his last four league appearances against Arsenal. 
  • Across 13 penalties in 55 North London derbies played in Premier League, 11 of those spot kicks have been converted into goals with both clubs missing one penalty each. 
  • No Premier League player has made more substitute appearances than Arsenal’s Joe Willock this season, who has come on from the bench on 18 occasions. 

 

Prediction

Given how tight the battle for Europe is with three rounds left, this is an absolute must-win for either team if at least one North London club is to qualify for Europe next season. 

Arsenal however seem to have found some momentum in recent games and if Spurs continue to be as sloppy as they were at Bournemouth, I can’t see past a Gunners win unless Hugo Lloris does a superb job in goal. 

Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal

Result: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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