On Sunday afternoon Tottenham host Arsenal at White Hart Lane in a north London derby that could have big implications at the top of the Premier League table.
The home side are second in the table and four points behind long-time league leaders Chelsea. However, the Blues face a tricky trip to Everton in an earlier kick-off on Sunday, so Spurs could capitalise on any slip-ups from Antonio Conte’s men.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team have been in fine form of late, having recorded eight consecutive Premier League victories. Spurs have a formidable home record in the Premier League, winning their last 12 games on home soil in the top-flight.
In fact, Tottenham have the strongest home record in the top-flight, recording 47 of their 74 points on home soil this season. Pochettino’s side have been strong in defence this season and also have the best defensive record in the Premier League.
For all the positives for Tottenham heading into this clash, it is worth noting that Spurs have won just one of their last nine meetings with Arsenal. The last three meetings between the pair finished in draws.
Arsenal simply cannot afford to lose this clash. The visitors find themselves sixth in the top-flight table and five points behind fourth-place Manchester City in the race for the Champions League spots.
A 1-0 home win over Leicester last time out in the top-flight kept their top-four hopes alive. However, this derby will be a tough one for the Gunners. Their away recent away record in the top-flight is not great, as Arsene Wenger side have suffered defeats in three of their last four away games in the top-flight.
The Gunners did, however, stop a three games losing away run in their last game on their travels by recording a narrow 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.
The home side are expected to be without Michel Vorm, Harry Winks and Erik Lamela for this clash through injury, while Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele are also big doubts for the home side.
Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla and youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide through injury, with centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny doubts. David Ospina and Lucas Perez have recovered from injury and are likely to return to the squad.
Tottenham are favourites to come out of this game with the win at odds of 17/20, while the draw is odds of 29/10 and Arsenal are odds of 10/3.
Arsenal’s form has improved of late, but they will need to dig deep to gain a positive result in this clash against a highly confident Spurs team.
Will Arsenal pull off a win at White Hart Lane?