Saturday, 18 November 2017

EPL Saturday Fixtures: Arsenal vs Tottenham Match Preview, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will meet for the first London Derby of the English season, and it could well be a cracker of a match.
 Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
English Premier League
Kick-off Time: 13:30 - Nigerian Time
Venue: Emiratee Stadium (London)  

Spurs will have had the luxury of a couple of their key stars being afforded rest during the international break, putting that on top of a recent advantage over Arsenal.

It's been a little while since Spurs lost to the Gunners.. Spurs should really be winning, or at least getting a result in this match, if they are the team they claim to be and want to be.

TEAM NEWS:

Arsenal - Arsene Wenger will continue to be without center midfielder Santi Cazorla due to injury, but he looks to have a contingent of players that could be back available for this match. That group includes goalkeeper David Ospina, right back Calum Chambers, center back Shkodran Mustafi, and forward Danny Welbeck. Striker Olivier Giroud is doubtful to play a role after picking up an injury on international duty.

Tottenham - Mauricio Pochettino has a number of touch-and-go cases here in regards to injuries, but most of them should see the players push through for this big match.  This includes striker Harry Kane, center midfielders Dele Alli and Harry Winks, and even goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.  Fellow goalkeeper Michel Vorm's status is unknown, while the two men set to miss out are defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and center back Toby Alderweireld.  

TEAM FORM:

Arsenal - The Gunners have a loss, three wins and a draw in their last five matches.

Tottenham - Spurs have three wins and two losses in their last five matches. 

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Arsenal (3-4-3): Cech; Elneny, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette
Arsenal 3-4-3 football formation

Tottenham (3-5-2): Lloris; Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Eriksen, Alli, Dembele, Rose; Son, Kane
Tottenham Hotspur 3-5-2 football formation

KEY STATS:
  • Tottenham and Arsenal have played 167 times total down the years, and the Gunners have been the dominant side.
  • And the North London rivals are about to lock horns for the 168th time over the course of history.
  • They have 68 wins, 47 draws, and 52 losses against Spurs.
  • Spurs haven't won two straight against Arsenal since 1974 
PREDICTION:

Arsenal 2 — 1 Tottenham - Spurs are in good form this season, no doubt. But despite their  dominant form, I see the Gunners narrowly beating them in this game.
TODAY'S ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES IN FULL

13:30  —   Arsenal VS Tottenham Hotspur

16:00  —   AFC Bournemouth VS Huddersfield Town

16:00  —   Burnley VS Swansea City

16:00  —   Crystal Palace VS Everton

16:00  —   Leicester City VS Manchester City

16:00  —   Liverpool VS  Southampton

16:00  —   West Bromwich Albion VS Chelsea

18:30  —   Manchester United VS  Newcastle United

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