Тottenham Hotspur will be keen to keep their top spot when they take on North London rivals Arsenal in a crunch encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday, 6 December 2020.
Both North London rivals were busy in midweek when they had to face Austrian sides in the Europa League on Тhursday, with Arsenal enjoying the first time they were able to welcome a 2,000 crowd at the Emirates since early-March, while Spurs were held to a roller-coaster 3-3 draw at LASK Linz.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last four games with the Gunners, winning two of them, including a 2-1 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their most recent encounter on 12 July 2020.
Тottenham Hotspur Betting Preview
Spurs are going into the festive round of games top of the Premier League table and should they keep their momentum in the coming weeks, Jose Mourinho’s men could really become serious title contenders this season.
Levelled on points with the reigning champions Liverpool, Jose Mourinho’s side are looking to return to winning ways and extend their form against an Arsenal side that looks largely inconsistent and even disappointing for another year.
Unbeaten in seven games across all competitions (5 wins and 2 draws) – since an unexpected 1-0 defeat at Antwerp in the Europa League, Spurs are enjoying a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, conceding just once in their last five games and winning four of them.
Furthermore, Jose Mourinho’s men have kept three successive clean sheets in the competition, including their solid defensive display in the 2-0 home win over Man City in their first game after the international break, followed by a goalless draw in the London derby against Chelsea last weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s side earned the point they needed to reach the Europa League knockout stage and they are set to host Antwerp next week to decide the Group J winners, but it’s quite certain they’re more interested to shine in the North London derby on Sunday.
Experienced Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, who scored the winner in the last North London derby in July, was ruled out of action for the past week as he had to deal with a groin problem – since the 2-0 home win over Man City – but the latest reports suggest he could be in condition to face Arsenal.
Erik Lamela is set to miss out another game with an injury, while Jose Mourinho will be sweating on the fitness of key performers Sergio Reguilon and Harry Kane, who are both doubts and even though Mourinho stated: “I believe he [Harry Kane] is going to be fit”, after Thursday’s Europa League clash with LASK Linz, we doubt that the Portuguese would be willing to risk his health if the England forward is not fully fit.
Tanguy Ndombélé is one of Spurs’ midweek performers who are tipped to remain in the starting XI for Sunday, while Jose Mourinho will mostly look to reshuffle his defensive quartet.
Arsenal Betting Preview
Coming off a 4-1 home win over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on thursday night, Arsenal will need a result here as they head into the North London derby winless in three League games, including back-to-back home defeats to Aston Villa (0-3) and Wolves (1-2) last time out.
There may have been just 2,000 fans inside the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium on Thursday, but they still generated great volume and atmosphere despite the reduced numbers.
In stark contrast to their North London rivals, Mikel Arteta’s side have lost five of their opening 10 Premier League matches and Arsenal’s boss needed a victory of any sort to stem some of the criticism that has been coming his way over the past weeks.
Unlike their winning run in the UEFA Europa League, the Gunners have struggled for goals and most importantly points in the Premier League so far this season and are coming into the North London derby with just 13 points and 10 goals scored in 10 games.
Mikel Arteta’s comfortability has ended with just a single win in Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches (1-1-4), and as a result of the poor form, the Gunners are now 14th-placed, failing to meet the expectations of a better season after a stellar summer which saw them winning both the 2019-20 FA Cup and 2020 Community Shield.
New signing Thomas Partey has not featured since picking up a thigh injury during the 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on 8 November, and the Ghanaian midfielder remains a doubt for the North London derby, even though Arteta revealed that he is set to return to training on Friday.
Alexandre Lacazette has ended his eight-game goal-drought when he scored against Rapid Vienna in midweek and the Frenchman could be given another chance to start at Тottenham. Even though he is yet to score in the Premier League since he found the back of the net in the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on 28 September, the 29-years-old forward still is Arsenal’s top goalscorer with 3 goals in 8 Premier League appearances, which is one more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor tally of just two goals in 10 starts.
Since he scored the winner for Arsenal’s impressive 1-0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 1 November, the Gabonese is yet to score for Arsenal but we doubt that Arteta would dare to bench his main ace, whose scoring instinct could explode at any given moment.
Nicolas Pepe remains unavailable due to suspension as the Ivory Coast international was sent off in the goalless draw at Leeds United last month, while experienced centre-back David Luiz is a major doubt following an awful clash of heads with Wolves’ forward Raul Jimenez last weekend.
Gabriel Magalhães plays a pivotal role in Arsenal’s back line and the Brazilian seems to be a sure starter with Rob Holding expected to be his partner here, even though Pablo Mari could be another option as the Spaniard recovered from an injury to finally make his first appearance of the season and even scored for the 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna.
Sead Kolasinac is also available for selection as the Bosnian is cleared after getting over COVID-19 and provides more depth in more than one zone of Mikel Arteta’s setup.
It’s yet to be seen whether Arteta would stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation or he’ll revert to a three-man defense that worked out well earlier in the season and particularly in the closing stage of the 2019-20 campaign, that saw the Gunners triumphing in the FA Cup.
Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are competing for a starting place in central midfield, with Dani Ceballos expected to be a starter in the middle of the park, particularly if Partey is not fit to play from the outset.
Possible Starting Lineups of Тottenham Hotspur and Arsenal
Тottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Sergio Reguilón, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier – Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Moussa Sissoko – Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombélé, Heung-min Son – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Arsenal: Bernd Leno – Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhães, Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín – Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos – Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Having won three of their last four Premier League home games with North London rivals Arsenal, Spurs are favored to claim another massive win on their way to raid the Premier League title and we believe that Jose Mourinho has his aces to get the better of Mikel Arteta on Sunday.
Spooky Express Free Play: Тottenham Hotspur -102 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units