Arsenal vs Tottenham Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Alexis Sanchez; Lacazette
Lloris; Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Trippier, Dembele, Dier, Rose; Eriksen, Dele Alli; Harry Kane
Arsenal didn't start according to the fans expectations. At the moment they are sharing the fifth position with Liverpool as both teams have 19 points. Nevertheless, the fact they are twelve points behind the leaders Manchester City is frustrating. The actual form is mixed, Arsenal have two wins and two defeats on the last four matches in the Premier League. They managed to beat Everton and Swansea, while lost to Watford and Manchester City. However, something else is important for my pick - the mentioned four games were efficient. A total of 17 goals were scored which means an average of more than 4 goals per game. Arsenal scored on each of these four matches, but at the same time failed to keep a single clean sheet. And I believe the series will continue. Manager Arsene Wenger has no suspension worries, but five players are struggling with injury - Shkodran Mustafi, Olivier Giroud, Rob Holding, David Ospina and Laurent Koscielny are all rated as doubtful. Santi Cazorla remains a long-term injury victim.
Tottenham are sharing the second place with Manchester United, eight points behind first placed Manchester City. The Spurs have dropped seven of the possible 18 points at home and that's the main reason for their actual situation. However, the away form is very good, they have four victories on the five matches played on road. The actual form is solid, Tottenham have five wins on the last six matches in the Premier League. The only defeat was suffered against Manchester United. Harry Kane skipped that match due to injury and most probably that was the key reason for the defeat. By the way, Kane is responsible for 40% of Tottenham goals in the Premier League this season. He is the team leading scorer with eight goals. In addition, Tottenham are doing well in the Champions League. The players confidence is very high after they took a point from Santiago Bernabeu and then beat Real Madrid at Wembley. But Mauricio Pochettino has some injury issues ahead of this match, with a number of key players missing the last training sessions. Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm are both struggling with injuries, as well as Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama. That's not all, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks have departed from England squad due to injury setbacks. Of course, I believe that most of them will be ready for the derby.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Prediction:
I expect both teams to score in the North London Derby. The key reason for my pick is connect with Arsenal. The Gunners have scored and conceded on each of the last four matches in the Premier League. Having on mind that Tottenham goalkeepers Lloris and Vorm are both struggling with injuries, I expect an efficient match at the Emirats.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Pick: Both teams to score - Yes