Premier League, Arsenal vs Tottenham: Preview, Dream11 and more
Arsenal host arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a crunch Premier League clash at the Emirates on Sunday. Both sides faced defeats last week against Liverpool and Newcastle United respectively. Therefore, winning this encounter will be immense. It's expected to be a lively game in London. Ahead of the fierce battle, we present you the complete match preview.
Arsenal will miss the services of Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, who will resume full training next month. The Gunners will also be without Rob Holding. However, Mesut Ozil is available and will feature tomorrow. Dele Alli is expected to be back in the Spurs squad following a hamstring injury. Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon are on the sidelines.
"Matches like last week against Liverpool, this week against Tottenham, they are the two teams who played the final of the Champions League. It's amazing and is the best test," said Arsenal boss Unai Emery. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino rubbished claims of him leaving the club. "What can I say about stupid rumours?
We have gone in with a 4-3-3 formation. Hugo Lloris starts in goal. The four-man defense sees Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The mid-field is bolstered with Harry Winks, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka. We have selected an attacking front three. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (vice-captain) and Lucas Moura support Harry Kane (captain).
This is the 186th north London derby. Arsenal have won 77 matches, Tottenham have sealed 58 victories. There have been 50 draws. Arsenal have attempted only 28 shots in the Premier League this season. Harry Kane has scored nine goals in north London derbies.
The match will be held at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. One can watch the match live on the Star Sports Network and stream the same on Hotstar (paid subscription). The match is scheduled for 9:00 PM IST start on Sunday. We expect the match to end as a draw. Both teams could struggle for intensity.