11:30 PM (AEDST) Saturday, February 10 at White Hart Lane, London
Round 27 of the English Premier League gets underway this weekend with a top of the table clash between fifth placed Spurs and sixth placed Arsenal.
Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Vertonghenm, Alderweireld; Wanyama, Dembele, Walker-Peters, Davies; Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Arsenal: Cech; Monreal, Koscieiny, Mustafi; Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin; Sanchez, Lacazette, Ozil.
There have been 161 games between these two outfits, with the Gunners ahead with 65 wins to the Spurs 51, while 45 matches have been drawn. Arsenal scored a 2-0 win in their most recent encounter with Tottenham earlier this season.
Tottenham started their season with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Newcastle. They then lost 2-1 to Chelsea before scoring a 1 all draw with Burnley. In Round 4 they hammered Everton 3-0 before being held to a scoreless draw by Swansea. They’ve been consistently strong since, beating West Ham 3-2, Huddersfield 4-0, Bournemouth 1-0 and then Liverpool 4-1. They then suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, before struggling to a 1-0 win over the last placed Crystal Palace. Their form then dropped as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal and 2-1 to Leicester while scoring 1 all draws with West Brom and Watford. They have since bounced back with impressive victories against Stoke 5-1, Brighton 2-0 and Burnley 3-0 while suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to undefeated League Leaders Man City. Spurs hammered Southampton 5-2 and Swansea 2-0 in their next two games before being held to a 1 all draw with West Ham. After they belted Everton 4-0, the Spurs were held to a 1 all draw with Southampton. Spurs bounced back with a brilliant 2-0 shut-out of Manchester United before scoring a 2 all draw with Liverpool.
Arsenal spent plenty of time last season as one of the top 3 teams on the ladder and were looking set to challenge firmly for the top spot, but an inconsistent run home saw them drop down to fifth place on the table by the end of the year. They opened this season with a tough 4-3 win over Leicester City before surprisingly dropping their second round clash with Stoke 1-0. They were then hammered 4-0 by Liverpool before hitting back with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. After the Gunners played out a scoreless draw with Chelsea, they beat both West Brom and then Brighton 2-0 before dropping their game against the Wasps 2-1. They since beat Everton 5-2 and Swansea 2-1 before going down to Manchester City 3-1. They bounced back with a strong 2-0 win over the Spurs, 1-0 over Burnley and then flogging Huddersfield 5-0. The Gunners then lost to Man U 3-1 before scoring back to back draws with Southampton and the Hammers. Last week they toppled the lowly Newcastle 1-0. They had a 3 all draw with Liverpool prior to a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace before a 1 all draw with West Brom and 2 all tie with Chelsea. The Gunners then dropped their match to Bournemouth 2-1 before scoring an impressive 4-1 win over the in form Crystal Palace before losing 3-1 to the last placed Swansea. They bounced back last week with a 5-1 belting of Everton.
Kane v Ozil – The strikers for each side have all the pressure on them here. Both sides have scored 51 goals this season, with the Spurs stingy defence the big difference between the two.
Spurs at home will be very hard to score against.