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Tottenham vs Arsenal Preview: Tactical Setup, Lineups, Key Battles, Prediction and Betting Odds

Tottenham vs Arsenal
Premier League Gameweek 29
Venue – White Hart Lane
Kick-off Time – 5 Mar; 12:45 PM (BST)

A lot will be at stake this Saturday when Tottenham and Arsenal come together to write a new chapter in North London Derby’s history. For a change, this game will be crucial in deciding the outcome of Premier League title race this season. Both Spurs and Arsenal along with Leicester are tipped as the favorites for Premier League title.

Significance of the game this Saturday is even higher because Tottenham and Arsenal suffered midweek defeats and cannot afford to drop points again. For Arsenal, it will be a must-win game considering they are 6 points behind Leicester and trail Spurs by 3 points. A defeat for them could mean an early end to their title hopes this season.

Tottenham vs Arsenal Predicted Starting XI

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Alli, Son, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Arsenal starting XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny have been ruled out due to injuries sustained the defeat against Swansea.

Tottenham vs Arsenal Tactical Setup

Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger prefer to use 4-2-3-1 formation for their teams. Arsenal’s formation is almost too rigid at times with players not allowed to mix in their roles. On the other hand, Spurs play with more flexibility, which gives players enough room to express themselves and take attacking positions when needed.

Arsenal’s possession play has come under severe criticisms off-late, where Gunners have kept the ball for most part of the games but haven’t been able to do anything constructive with it. Swansea defeat has once again caused serious decent among Arsenal fans and if they lose to their fierce rivals this weekend, one can only imagine fans’ relationship with Arsene Wenger getting even worse.

Tottenham vs Arsenal Key Battles

Christian Eriksen vs Mesut Ozil – Harry Kane and Dele Alli may have swooped all the plaudits this season for Tottenham’s bright play, but Eriksen has been their main man throughout the campaign. His inch-perfect passes and an eye for goal has allowed Spurs to come back in games and get desired results.

Rivaling Eriksen, Arsenal’s answer is Mesut Ozil. The German has made 18 assists so far this season, and he would want to make it 19 in this game and keep his team’s title chances alive.

Harry Kane vs Olivier Giroud – If the above mentioned players can create then Kane and Giroud are the relied goal scorers for their sides. The duo have gone on a barren run off-late and would need to find their scoring touch for this all-important games. They have what it takes to score the winning goal and lead their side to Premier League glory this season.

Tottenham vs Arsenal Prediction

No one needs to tell you about the aggressive nature of North London Derby, it is one of the most closely fought games in European Football. Over the years, Arsenal have held an upper hand in the tie, but White Hart Lane will be quietly confident of a positive result this weekend as they have seen their team play some attractive brand of football.
Predicted Scoreline – Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1.

Tottenham vs Arsenal Betting Odds
Tottenham – 2.37, Draw – 3.40, Arsenal – 3.25

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