The 201st North London Derby will take place on Sunday, so check out my Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal Preview for the most attractive Premier League match of Round 11.
Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form & Team News
Almost a century is behind us since Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal played the first North London derby, following Woolwich Arsenal’s relocation to the north of the capital. Sours won 2-1 that day, yet while they are favorites to secure a win again against their arch-rivals a 100 years later, home fans should be cautious – this Premier League fixture has seen more draws (23) than all but one fixture in the league’s history.
The ace up Tottenham’s sleeve may be in the dugout rather than on the pitch, as Jose Mourinho has guided Spurs to just one loss this PL campaign (W6, D3, L1), and has lost just one of 17 personal managerial H2Hs vs Arsenal (W8, D8, L1). Combine that with Tottenham’s league-low average of 0.9 goals conceded per match, and the third-best shot conversion rate (17.5%), and it’s no surprise Spurs are early title-challengers.
Player to watch: Son Heung-Min’s nine Premier League goals is just one less than the entire Arsenal team combined – he scored Spurs’ first goal in the previous H2H.
Jose Mourinho cannot count on Erik Lamela (calf), while Carlos Vinicius, and Hugo Lloris (illness) are questionable.
Arsenal Recent Form & Team News
With Tottenham winning their last four competitive home games, there probably couldn’t be a worse time for Arsenal to visit their city rivals – especially as the Gunners have scored just once from open play across their last six PL matches (W1, D1, L4). In fact, Arsenal’s 13 points at this stage of a league campaign is their worst since recording 12 in 1981/82 – the start of the three-points-a-win era.
An average of just one goal scored per Premier League match – Arsenal’s worst at this stage since 1986/87 – means there are few positives for the visitors, although they have managed two consecutive PL away clean sheets (W1, D1). However they haven’t achieved that in seven straight competitive H2Hs at Tottenham (W1, D2, L4).
Player to watch: Arsenal’s PL top scorer three-goal Alexandre Lacazette, was their first scorer in both 2019/20 meetings and scored midweek.
Hot stat: This Premier League fixture has seen more penalties (21) than all but two fixtures in the competition’s history – including five across the last four derbies.
Mikel Arteta will be without Martinelli (knee), Mesut Ozil (coach’s decision), and Sokratis (coach’s decision), while David Luiz (head) and Thomas Partey (thigh) are questionable to feature.
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