Emirates Stadium to host the North London Derby this Sunday

Last updated: November 30, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 14:05
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WDDDW
Away Form: WWWLW
Last Meeting: Tottenham 1 – 0 Arsenal
Competition: EPL

Sunday posses a huge test for Arsenal. Unai Emery will be satisfied with the start have team have had, results are mostly coming in for the Gunners, but Emery is not seeing his men dictate the pace of the game and win through counter-pressing as he would like. Tottenham have proven themselves as a team who can suffocate teams who rely on possesion based football to win matches. Last weekend as Tottenham deployed a narrow-diamond formation to cut-off the typical Chelsea passing channels, and Pochettino set Dele Alli the task of bullying Jorginho. This resulted in plenty of turnovers and many counter attacking oppurtunities which Spurs took full advantage of as they came away with a 3-1 victory.

If Arsenal is unable to combat this effective style of football Tottenham are likely to play, it could be a long afternoon for the home side. But given the fact that Arsenal has displayed defensive mastery in the previous months, it will be no easy task for Tottenham to find the back of the net. Bernd Leno has re-inspired Arsenal with his heroics between the sticks, and it will be more of the same for him on Sunday, as he will no doubt be tested heavily by Spurs frontman Harry Kane.

Tottenham have to start this game quickly if they are to prevail on Sunday. Arsenal has been consistently starting games off in a subdued and slower tempo – only to grow into the game and end with strong and intense periods of sustained pressure. Pochetino will also have to contend with the decision of whether to play against an Arsenal lineup that has just three at the back or if Emery will cease that formation and revert back to a classic lineup. Either way, the responsibility will be on the ability of the Tottenham midfield to suffocate the attacking players out of the game and take chances as they come on the counter-attack.

The Tottenham threat will certainly come from the middle of the pitch. Alli and Eriksen have been formidable in recent weeks, the Champions League tie against Inter Milan saw a match-winning performance from both these players – with their combined ability to turn over the ball and quickly transition the Tottenham engine from defence to attack. Harry Kane will likely be hungry to get his name on the scoresheet and will be heavily reliant on the service from his two midfield talisman.

Team News

Arsenal are on a 10 home game undefeated streak in the league.

Of the previous 8 repeats of this fixture (at the Emirates) Arsenal have not lost.

Tottenham have a stellar away record this season, winning 7 games on the road.

This is the first derby game for Unai Emery at Arsenal.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-3-3): Leno, Kolasinac, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerin, Torreira, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Özil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi
Subs: Cech, Smith-Rowe, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Welbeck, Lichsteiner, Monreal
Injured: Mavropanos
Not available:
Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris, Aurier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Davies, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Moura, Winks, Lamela, Llorente
Injured: Trippier, Rose, Dembele
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal This Season Tottenham This Season
5th League Position 3rd
8 (4) Wins (away) 10 (7)
1 – 5 v Fulham Biggest Win 0 – 3 v Man Utd
2 (1) Draws (away) 0 (0)
0 – 2 v Man City Biggest Defeat 0 – 1 v Man City
Aubameyang (8) Top Goal Scorer Kane (7)
Y21, R0 Discipline Y17, R0
1 Failures to Score 1
15% Clean Sheets 38%
77% Both Teams to Score Games 54%
62% Over 2.5 Goals 62%
38% Under 2.5 Goals 38%
  • Aubameyang has scored 8 goals so far in the Premier League, joint first with Aguero.
  • Only Man City (40) have scored more goals than Arsenal (28) in this campaign so far.
  • There have been 11 red cards in this fixture out of the last 52 games.
  • An average of 4 yellow cards per match when these two teams play each other.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
10/02/2018 EPL Tottenham 1 – 0 Arsenal Kane 49’
18/11/2017 EPL Arsenal 2 – 0 Tottenham Mustafi 36’
30/04/2017 EPL Tottenham 2 – 0 Arsenal Alli 55′
06/11/2016 EPL Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham Wimmer 42’
05/03/2016 EPL Tottenham 2 – 2 Arsenal Ramsey 39’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Unai Emery will be looking to solidify his status as manager by taking out the main rival. Expect the strong form of Arsenal to continue this weekend, get Aubameyang to score first at 4.33 with BetVictor.