Spurs v Arsenal: (match preview)
Today is the day most Spurs fans have been waiting for since the fixture list was drawn up back in June. Today is the day we face our bitter rivals Arsenal in the north London Derby, in what will be our last ever north London Derby at our cherished white hart lane. With the title race hotting up between ourselves and Chelsea, the excitement and anticipation ahead of today’s game is at fever pitch. Regardless of what the score is between table toppers Chelsea and Everton earlier on, the focus of Pochettino’s side, as well as the many Spurs supporters will be solely on defeating the Gunners. I could write a long preview, waxing lyrical about our outstanding achievements this season, our 15 game winning streak at the Lane, our 14 point lead over Arsenal. The achievements go on and on as the season draws to a dramatic close, but I don’t need to go on about Spurs’ exceptional season, for it boils down to games like this. Season defining games which get no bigger than those against your biggest and most historic rivals, the legend that have braced the turf of the Lane have all done battle with the gunners, the Danny Blanchflower’s, the Gascoigne’s and the Bale’s have created memories that will span a life time, now its Pochettino’s sides chance to give our fans that special, special memory a victory over Arsenal in our penultimate game at the Lane, COYS!
Team news: Harry Winks and Erik Lamela remain sidelined through injury, whilst Danny Rose who continues to recover from his injury and Mousa Dembele who picked up an ankle injury in midweek are injury doubts ahead of today’s game. Arsene Wenger’s side are expected to lineup in the 3-4-2-1 formation, and I reckon their biggest danger will come from Sanchez and the creativity of Ozil, whilst the pace of Bellerin could prove to be a problem down the right.
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Eriksen, Wanyama, Davies, Son, Alli, Kane.
My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Alli, Kane and Dier!
One to watch: The danger man Alexis Sanchez, with 19 league goals and 9 assists the world class Chile international is capable of producing the spectacular, we’ll have to be at our best today to ensure he doesn’t!