The North London derby is the great attraction of the twenty-seventh round of the English Premier League in its 2017/2018 season. Tottenham and Arsenal are set to open on Saturday 10 February at 10.30CET at Wembley Stadium.
Tottenham’s recent performance
Tottenham needed to play on Wednesday, February 7. Having failed to defeat fourth-division Newport in the fourth round of the FA Cup in the first game (0-0), he had to replay. In their dominions, won by 2 to 0 advancing to the eighth of end, when will have ahead the Rochdale.
Coach Mauricio Pochettino tried to minimize the wear and tear by promoting the relay of the cast and making the team not use a very strong rhythm in the confrontation. In that way, he ended up using the game as a way to better prepare some athletes who were long periods away by injury.
It is the case of Belgian defender Toby Alderweild (ten games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, no goal), who due to the thigh injury was away from the grasses since October. Against Newport, he played for 90 minutes.
He did the same with another defender, Danny Rose (five games, no goal), who had been out of the last eight games for a bruised knee. He acted for 85 minutes. Another benefited by this strategy was the Argentine Erik Lamela, who underwent surgery on the hip that took him for about a year from the lawns. For the second time since his return he was able to play an entire match. The first had also been in the FA Cup, a 3-0 win against Wimbleton in the previous round.
This certainly increases the number of options for the trainer at the end of the season. This Saturday, you must win one more. Brazilian midfielder Lucas, hired recently at Paris Saint-Germain, should be listed for the reserve bench.
The current form of Arsenal
In the Gunners, the big doubt for the classic is in relation to the strategy that will be used by coach Arséne Wenger. Many expected him to step up to the charge of the attacking double millionaire Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (a 2017/2018 English League game, one goal) and Alexandre Lacazette (25 games, nine goals).
At the start of the season, Frenchman Lacazette became the club’s biggest signing ever. In the January transfer window, Gabon Aubameyang broke that record. Together, they consumed almost R $ 500 million in Arsenal investment.
So it was to be hoped that they would be climbed together. It was not what happened at the premiere of Aubameyang. Against Everton, in the previous round of the English Championship, Lacazette stayed on the bench and Gabon was listed as starting. He scored a goal in a 5-1 victory over Everton and virtually secured his place to face Tottenham. It remains to know of Wenger will change the tactical attitude of the team also putting Lacazette between the headlines.
With 45 points (13 wins, six draws and seven losses) Arsenal are sixth in the current season of the Premier League. Therefore, outside the classification zone for European tournaments. His closest rival is just Tottenham, fifth placed, who has four points more. Thus, neither the tie can be considered a good result, although in the house of the rival.
Whether or not the two strikers are the only and exclusive option of Wenger, in relation to two other holders he will have to rely on the help of the medical department. They are in treatment of injury the goalkeeper Petr Chech (26 games) and the defender Nacho (22 games, four goals). If released, they must be among the holders.
History of matches
The meeting between the two biggest rivals in London had the same score in its two most recent editions. In the second round of the previous season, Tottenham made it 2-0. In the 2017/2018 English Championship, Arsenal gave the change.
Knowing that Arsenal have a greater obligation to seek victory, Tottenham will be able to use one of its most effective characteristics: the counterattack in speed. It is, therefore, the best option for guess. It has a price of 1.95 in Bet365. Draw returns 3.75. Arsenal success paid 3.50 per real invested. Quotes were in effect at 14:07 on 8/2/2018.