Tottenham host Premier League leaders Arsenal in a highly-anticipated north London derby on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners will be aiming for a huge victory to help them stay on top in the title race and continue their superb form.
Mikel Arteta’s men are unbeaten since September and now face their fierce rivals who returned to winning ways last time out.
Spurs and Antonio Conte have come under scrutiny this season for their inconsistent results but they could regain the support of their fanbase by damaging Arsenal’s title hopes.
In the opening derby of the season at the Emirates, the Gunners ran out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: How to watch
This Premier League clash will take place on Sunday, January 15.
Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled for 4:30pm.
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Team news
Spurs rested a variety of first-team players including Cristian Romero and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for their FA Cup tie with Portsmouth last weekend to make sure they’re fit for the clash.
Yves Bissouma picked up an injury ahead of the cup match and could miss out, however, Rodrigo Bentancur will be hoping he can return from a knock.
Arsenal will likely start with the same side that drew with Newcastle last time out in the league as Eddie Nketiah continues to lead the line with Gabriel Jesus out.
There will be some debate over the left-back position with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney competing for a starting spot.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: What has been said?
Former Arsenal player Adrian Clarke recently gave his thoughts on Tottenham and Conte.
“Why is Antonio Conte getting a free pass right now?” Clarke told talkSPORT. “That’s the question I’d ask.
“All the Spurs fans are hammering Daniel Levy and the board and whatnot but he’s got to look at himself tactically.
“Conte is a smart manager, he’s got a great CV but he’s going to have to show all these coaching credentials between now and the end of the season to get them into the top four.
“All this talk of Tottenham needing a miracle is garbage, isn’t it? Their squad is capable of top-four. That is what they achieved last season.
“They are underperforming and Conte should hold his hands up and say that’s the case, ‘we are underperforming, including myself’.”
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Match facts
- Since the start of last season, no player has been directly involved in more London derby goals in the Premier League than Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (11 – 4 goals, 7 assists). Saka also created the most chances in the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over Spurs earlier this season (5).
- Tottenham’s Harry Kane – the highest scoring player in north London derby history with 14 goals – has scored in all but one of his eight Premier League home games against Arsenal (9 goals in total), failing only in July 2020.
- Tottenham have scored more second half goals than any other Premier League side this season (27), with these also accounting for a league-high 73% of their total (27/37). Meanwhile, only Newcastle (82%) have conceded a higher share of their Premier League goals after half-time this season than Arsenal (71% – 10/14).
- Arsenal have won all six of their Premier League London derby matches this season, keeping a clean sheet in all three away games. They’ve not won seven league London derbies in a row since the 2007-08 campaign, which included home and away wins against Spurs.
- Tottenham scored first for the first time in eight Premier League matches in their 4-0 win against Crystal Palace last time out. They’ve won 16 of their last 18 Premier League games when opening the scoring (D2) since a 3-2 loss against Southampton last February.
- This is the earliest in a calendar year the north London derby has been played in the Premier League since 1995, when Tottenham won 1-0 at White Hart Lane on January 2nd.
- Tottenham have won 13 Premier League penalties against Arsenal, scoring 12 of them – only Liverpool against Spurs themselves have won (14) and scored (13) more against an opponent in the competition. Harry Kane has scored seven of these penalties, with no player scoring more from the spot against a single side in the competition’s history.
- Tottenham have only failed to score in one of their last 17 Premier League games against Arsenal, finding the net in each of their last 10 since a 2-0 loss in November 2017.
- Following their 3-1 win at the Emirates in October, Arsenal are looking to complete their first league double over Tottenham since 2013-14, which was also their last league victory away against Spurs.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League home games against Arsenal (W6 D2). They’ve won their last three at home against them but have never won four in a row in their league history.
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