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A six-pointer in favour of Leicester City

Last updated: March 2, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWLDW
Away form: LLDWW
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Tottenham and Arsenal are among the favourites for winning the title this season, but no matter what happens at White Hart Lane, Leicester City fans could be delighted. Maybe a draw will be a ‘suicidal’ result for both teams.

Spurs are in very good form. They have won 3 consecutive home Premier League matches. In addition, they have lost only 2 games at White Hart Lane this season in The Premiership. Moreover, Tottenham have shown consistency all season long and they went through to the 1/8-finals of The Europa League, smashing Fiorentina 3-0. Tottenham Hotspur turned things around against Swansea City in their previous home game in The Premier League. The left back Danny Rose scored the winning goal in the 77th minute of the game.

Arsenal struggled against Manchester United at Old Trafford in their previous away game of The Premier League. The Gunners couldn’t stop the talented youngster Marcus Rashford, who found the net twice. Now, Arsenal must concentrate, because they are risking losing their chance of winning the title. There is a real possibility Arsenal will be without a single trophy at the end of the season.


Team News

Despite Harry Kane having his nose broken, he is expected to be among the starting eleven for Tottenham Hotspur. The forward is Spurs top scorer with 16 goals.

Gabriel Paulista will surely miss the match against Tottenham. The Brazilian defender has a hamstring problem.

Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla are also sidelined. Both have problems with their knees and are expected to resume full training at the end of the month.

Tottenham’s midfielder Tom Carroll has received an ankle injury and won’t be selected by Mauricio Pochettino. Carroll has scored 1 goal in 15 matches this season.

Quotes of the week

Mauricio Pochettino coach
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) :
“In the FA Cup and the Europa League we’ve managed to rotate a bit. Everyone has had a rest, everyone has got minutes under their belt.”

arsenen wenger from arsenal
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) :
“We are still in the title race, we still have time to close the gap.”


Expected line-ups:

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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Wimmer, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane
Subs Onomah, Son, Mason, Vorm, Alli, Trippier, Davies.
Injured: Carroll, N’Jie.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Welbeck, Flamini, Gibbs, Campbell, El Nenny, Iwobi.
Injured: Rosicky, Cazorla, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

harry kane Kane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
27 2381 16 3,9 1 5 4 0
olivier giroud Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (7) 1819 12 2,9 4 0 2 0

So far this season

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Tottenham this season Arsenal this season
2 League Position 3
8 (7) (at home) Wins (away) 8 (7)
5-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
4 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (3)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (4)
1-2 to Newcastle Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Southampton
Kane (16) Top scorer Giroud (12)
Eriksen (8) Assist Leader Ozil (18)
Y53, R0 Discipline Y31, R3
5 Failures to score 7
9 Clean Sheets 12
16 Both Teams to Score Games 11
14 Over 2.5 Games 13
13 Under 2.5 Games 14
  • The Gunners have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 Premier League games. But, they have won only 1 of their last 5 league visits.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals’ in 5 of Spurs last 6 Premiership games. They have scored the highest number of goals in The Premier League.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won 33 of 82 matches against Arsenal at White Hart Lane. The Gunners have recorded 26 wins away from The Emirates Stadium.
  • These two teams finished with a 1-1 draw earlier this season. Harry Kane opened for Spurs in the 32nd minute, but Kieran Gibbs equalized during the second half.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/11/15 The Premier League Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham H. Kane 32′
23/09/15 The Capital One Cup Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal M. Flamini 26′
07/02/15 The Premier League Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal M. Özil 11′
27/09/14 The Premier League Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham N. Chadli 56′
16/03/14 The Premier League Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal T. Rosický 2′