Spurs seek morale-lifting derby win

Tottenham VS Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur will seek a morale-lifting win in the North London derby when they host Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 2 March 2019, kick-off at 14h30.

Spurs have effectively fallen out of the title race over the last two rounds of the Premier League, suffering defeats away to Burnley last Saturday and at Chelsea on Wednesday night. The match against the Blues was a disaster capped off by a horror own goal from Kieran Trippier.

The Lilywhites are now nine points off the top of the table in third place and no longer realistic challengers to title-chasing Liverpool and Manchester City. In fact, Maurico Pochettino and his charges will now be looking back over their shoulder with some trepidation, as their North London rivals are just four behinds them in fourth (and an in-form Manchester United is just a point further back).

Arsenal are on a fine run of form, having won five of their last six Premier League matches (the exception was a loss away to Manchester City). On Wednesday night they pummelled Bournemouth 5-1 at home thanks to goals from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Quite whether manager Unai Emery will fit all of the above attacking talent into an XI for this match at Spurs remains to be seen, but it’s likely that the Gunners will opt for a slightly more conservative approach.

In head-to-head terms, Tottenham and Arsenal have clashed in 53 Premier League matches. The Gunners have claimed 20 wins compared to 12 for the Lilywhites, while 21 games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting in the Premier League was at the Emirates Stadium in December 2018, with Arsenal claiming a 4-2 victory thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (two), Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira. Spurs are unbeaten in their last four home league matches against their North London rivals.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 53

Spurs wins 12

Arsenal wins 20

Draws 21

Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)

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