Tottenham host Arsenal this weekend in an eagerly anticipated North London derby.
To be played on Saturday 7th February 2015 at 12:45. Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Odds: Tottenham 21/10, Draw 5/2, Arsenal 6/5
Arsenal visit Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime aiming to pull five points clear of their North London rivals.
The Gunners come into the game potentially missing star man Alexis Sanchez, doubtful with a hamstring injury, yet their 5-0 win over Aston Villa without him last week will have them brimming with confidence.
Since a New Year's Day loss at Southampton, the Gunners have a 100 per cent record in all competitions, buoyed by an impressive 2-0 away win at Manchester City.
They will need to show similar defensive discipline to keep Tottenham quiet in front of what is likely to be a vocal home crowd.
Spurs have shown mixed form lately, losing at home to Leicester in the FA Cup and away at Crystal Palace, while making hard work of a Capital One Cup semi-final against Sheffield United.
They are boosted by having a fully healthy squad, whereas Arsenal are also missing key players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.
Spurs can climb above Arsenal in the table with a win, but have scored just once against the Gunners in their last four games, losing three. The two teams drew 1-1 earlier in the season at The Emirates.
“It’s a huge game, an important game for us and our supporters.”
“In the derbies the home ground is not too significant. We just focus on the quality of our game and performance.”
Nabil Bentaleb ★ probable Returned from AFCON
Alexis Sánchez ★★ questionable Hamstring
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ★★★ out Groin strain
Jack Wilshere ★★★ out Ankle
Krystian Bielik ★★★ out Lacking match fitness
Serge Gnabry ★★★ out Lacking match fitness
Mathieu Debuchy ★★★ out Dislocated shoulder
Mikel Arteta ★★★ out Ankle
Vassiriki Abou Diaby ★★★ out Calf