Tottenham will face Arsenal at Wembley Stadium at English Premier League. Tottenham against Arsenal is the match with big interest after their previous matches at English Premier League. This North London derby match is always very interesting to watch. For teams, this meeting is always a matter of principle. This London derby is considered to be England’s one of the most important matches. Moreover, the players never pity themselves and play at the limit of their strength to defend the honor of the team. The stadium always reigns incredible atmosphere, since the fans of the teams prove their strength and dedication to the club! Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Tottenham this season is still fighting for the Premier League title. Although there are already a few points between them and the second place. The team this season is playing worse in Wembley Stadium than at the other fields, although it’s hard to call Wembley native stadium because it is temporary while Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under constructions. Spurs lost 4 of 13 home matches this season and conceded 12 goals, which is the second worst result from the top 6 league teams. However, Spurs have many chances to get into the next round of the Champions League, as in the 1st leg of 1/8 Final at home they beat Dortmund with a 3:0 result without two main squad leaders. In general, the team has reached a new level with Maurizio Pochettino and for several years the team plays at the highest level, both in England and in Europe competitions.
Unfortunately, Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen are injured and will not help the team at this battle. This season, the team is constantly having problems with injuries, which affects the stability of the game. Spurs should be very pleased that Harry Kane returned to the lineup and, together with Heung-Min Son, would form the most dangerous duet for any defense. Heung-Min Son was the leading person for the Tottenham when Kane and Alli were absent due to injuries. Thanks to Korean, the Lily whites won all 4 home matches, moreover, Heung-Min scored in every game. It is also possible that Erik Dier will return to the main squad, who also suffered injuries for several weeks.
Tottenham this season is strong at finishing scoring chances, attacking down the wings and counter attacks. They show weaknesses at protecting the lead, aerial duels and stopping opponents from creating chances. Very likely that at home pitch they will try to play more possession football with short passes, with non-aggressive defense.
Most likely, that Arsenal has already lost the chance to fight for the first place, so it remains fighting to get into the Champions League next season. The 4th and 6th place have only 3 points difference, which means that everything could be changed very soon. Arsenal must gather all their strength and show their best football, especially in the London derby. The Gunners are struggling in last 9 away games of all competitions, as they won only 2 matches, 2 times played draw and lost 5 matches. Most unpredictable losses were against BATE in UEFA Europa League and against Liverpool with 5:1 result in Premier League. However, since the beginning of the season Arsenal scored at least one goal in 16 of 18 away matches. For Arsenal, it is very important to keep the 4th place in the table, as it is a guarantee to get into the Champions League.
The Gunners are facing troubles with the defensive lineup, as Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin will miss the match due to injuries. In addition, Danny Welbeck remains injured for most of the season and will not help the team in the derby. Basically, all the top players of the lineup will be on the field and will be 100% prepared. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Roman make up the most dangerous attacking line for any club.
Arsenal is very strong this season at finishing scoring chances, creating long shot opportunities and coming back from losing positions. However, they are facing troubles at aerial duels, avoiding individual errors and stopping opponents from creating chances. Very likely, that in away match they will try to keep the ball more often on the own half. Moreover, pass long balls for strikers.
Last year teams met 3 times in different competitions. Tottenham was stronger 2 times, as they won in League Cup with 2:0 result and 1:0. They played at home in the second half of 2017/18 season in PL. Arsenal won on Emirates in Premier League first round between these clubs in a very tough game with 4:2 result.