Tottenham Hotspur are set to travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the Premier League following their win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Premier League. The last north London derby turned out to be in favour of Spurs who secured a massive 2-0 victory at home after Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored a goal each for the hosts. This time around, the Gunners will be looking for a shot at redemption, however, Tottenham currently seem to be the better side in terms of form in the English top-flight.
Jose Mourinho will make several changes against Arsenal after securing an important home victory against Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. The Portuguese manager will stick to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation that has worked wonders many a time this season for Spurs.
Hugo Lloris will start in goal along with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez as the two centre-backs. Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty are expected to play as the two full-backs from their respective position. Given how unstable Arsenal’s defence has been this season, both Reguilon and Doherty are more than likely to push high up while attacking to create chances.
In the midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko are expected to play as the two pivots in the midfield. The return of Sissoko has certainly been a huge boost for the hosts as the Frenchman’s physicality in the middle of the park is of utmost importance for Tottenham while defending and attacking.
While Hojbjerg and Sissoko sit deep and attempt to neutralise Arsenal’s attack, Tanguy Ndombele is expected to play as the number 10. The former Lyon midfielder has been in stellar form this season with his quick feet and exquisite visionary passing. Ndombele’s ability to take on defenders and play line-breaking passes will be important tonight as Mikel Arteta will form a strong defensive shield in the likes of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey as the two holding midfielders.
In the front three, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are expected to complete the attacking trident. This attacking trio has shown signs of chemistry as they combined well against Crystal Palace. However, Kane picked up a knock against Zagreb in the UEFA Europa League and could still be carrying a minor injury tonight at the Emirates if he starts.
A win tonight would boost Tottenham’s bid in the race to finish in a top four spot this season in the Premier League. However, a loss could certainly make things ugly for the visitors as they are currently placed seventh on the table with 45 points.