Is the North London derby coming at the right time for Spurs?
Today is the day all Spurs fans look forward to in their football calendar the North London derby at home to rivals Arsenal.
With both teams sat in mid-table and only with a brief glimmer of hope for Champions League or European football for next season- this match holds more than just bragging rights for the two teams.
Spurs come into the game after a poor performance against Bournemouth sat in tenth place against rivals Arsenal who are just one point ahead of them in eight place after also drawing 1-1 against Leicester City on Tuesday night.
Spurs will hope that a good performance against the Gunners will set them up for their final three matches of the season.
It hasn’t been an easy season for Spurs, they have struggled for continuity and performances and in comparison to last season it hasn’t been good enough for a team of Spurs’ calibre.
Kane vs Aubameyang
These two prolific strikers go head to head today with both teams needing their key men to add to their goal tallies for this season.
Harry Kane has been back on the score sheet since returning from injury after the football restarted in June. Kane has struggled this season for goals and has netted 13 times this season but always delivers goals in the North London derby. Five of his goals against Arsenal have been from penalties and in a fixture where is has seen more penalties than any other, in the Premier League (19) he will hope to get a chance from the spot today to add to his tally.
In comparison Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fairly new to North London derbies but has had the better goal scoring season of the two strikers and is currently battling it out with Jamie Vardy for the Golden Boot this season.
Key Derby Day Stats
• Spurs have not been beaten by Arsenal in their last five home matches in the Premier League against Arsenal (W3, D2).
• Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in ten away matches against Spurs in the Premier League, that came in 2014 and a 1-0 victory.
• Spurs are looking to win their third consecutive league match in a row at their new stadium for the first time since April.
• Jose Mourinho has never lost a home game against Arsenal in his managerial career (W5,D4).
• Only Liverpool have lost fewer Premier League matches this season than Arsenal this season.
• Manager Mikel Arteta only lost two matches as a player in the North London derbies.
• Arsenal are looking to end a Premier League season unbeated in away London derbies for the first time since the 04/05 season.
• Arsenal have not conceded an away goal in their last two games winning them both, they look to make it a third away victory for the first time since May 2013.
This is a tough one to call, as a Spurs fan however I have to go with my heart. They will have the home advantage but will certainly miss the atmosphere of the Spurs faithful and I think the players will react well after the poor performance against Bournemouth and in a North London derby anything could happen.
In my opinion they have the stronger defence but have lacked creativity going forward this season. Whereas Arsenal have the creative flair of Saka who has assisted the third most this season (12) only behind De Bruyne (19) and Alexander-Arnold (14).
I think the score will be 2-1 to Spurs
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