They don’t get much bigger than this.
The North London Derby is upon us once again and it could play a huge factor on both Spurs’ and Arsenal’s season. A home win would see Spurs go seven points ahead of Arsenal and keep the rest of the top six at an arm’s length. But should the Gunners get a result at Wembley then Spurs’ Champions League hopes for next season could hang in the balance.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have impressed in recent weeks and show no signs of slowing down. If there was ever a must-win fixture for Spurs to get back some momentum then it has to be this one.
A win for Spurs on Saturday could be the boost that the team needs to finish this season strongly. Not only would a win benefit their Premier League form but give them the confidence to go to Dortmund on Tuesday and grind out a result to lead them into a Champions League quarter-final.
Here is how we think Spurs will line up against Arsenal:
GK: Hugo Lloirs
Spurs’ captain had a poor performance in the week against Chelsea. He’ll be looking to show his quality up against Aubameyang and co.
RB: Serge Aurier
After Trippier’s shocker against Chelsea, Pochettino will likely rotate his full-backs once again to try and find some stability on the right flank.
CB: Davinson Sanchez
With Jan Vertonghen due to be assessed before the match, Sanchez will keep his place in Spurs back line.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
The Belgian has been playing in Spurs colours for long enough now to understand the importance of the derby. He will be one of the first ones to call for a top performance from his team-mates.
LB: Danny Rose
Rose will be chomping at the bit to get back into the starting XI after Davies’ poor performance. His energy and crossing could be an advantage for Spurs.
CM: Moussa Sissoko
The Frenchman hasn’t been putting in consistent performances in recent weeks and will be eager to bounce back.
CM: Victor Wanyama
Wanyama has become a forgotten man this season. After being plagued by injuries he has dropped out of the first team. But with Harry Winks also due to be assessed before the match Wanyama could be called into action as a holding midfielder.
CM: Christian Eriksen
Eriksen’s performances have been questionable of late and he’ll need to show his quality against a confident Arsenal side.
RW: Lucas Moura
After an underwhelming performance from Erik Lamela against Chelsea, Pochettino could call on Lucas Moura to add another attacking threat.
LW: Heung-Min Son
Son scored against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-final earlier in the season and will be eager to do the same again on Saturday.
ST: Harry Kane
Harry Kane has an excellent record against Arsenal and is more than capable of getting Spurs all three points.