English Premier League, Week 35
April 30, 2017. 15:30 UTC
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England
Referee: Michael Oliver, England
One of the oldest London rivalries takes new importance as EPL season approaches its end. Tottenham have lately returned to the title race, causing problems for Chelsea up on top. On the other hand, Arsenal are still fighting for the top-4, having an extra game up their sleeve compared to the direct competitors in the race. This London derby is a chance for both of the teams to get one-step closer to their goal for the season. On the other hand, the team, that lose, will get one-step farther from their season-end goal. This makes the game double as exciting as a simple London derby would be…
Tottenham are on their eight match unbeaten run in English Premier League. Moreover, their home statistics are even better. The team have won their last 12 EPL games and are undefeated in their last 17 clashes at home. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that the team are ready to finish on the mightiest note possible. However, alongside with impressive runs in the English premier League, the Spurs were beaten painfully by Chelsea (4-2) in FA Cup semifinal, letting their direct opponent in EPL find their place in the final…
The final, were their opponent will be Arsenal themselves. Arsene Wenger team had an extra time win against Manchester City (2-1) on their way to the only title possible in the current season. Moreover, the Gunners managed to win a tough game against Leicester (1-0) in the midweek, which kept them on track in the fight for top-4. In general, Arsenal managed to win three out of five last games in EPL, which is a much better run than they had before that (four losses in five games).
H2H statistics show Arsenal supremacy for the last matches. Only two games out of 10 were won by Tottenham, there were four draws and four Arsenal wins.
The view is slightly different in home statistics table. Three out of last six matches between these opponents at White Hart Lane were host wins, two times Arsenal won, and the very last clash happened to be a draw (2-2). At Emirates Stadium the teams had another draw (1-1), at that time both of the teams not being in their best form.
Tottenham → Erik Lamela, Harri Winks, Michel Vorm, Cameron Carter-Vickers (all injured)
Danny Rose is named doubtful for this clash, as he might feature first time since January. Mousa Dembele has left the pitch in the last clash, which puts his appearance in the London derby under a question mark.
Arsenal → Santi Cazorla, Lucas Perez, David Ospina, Jeff Reine-Adelaide (all injured)
First choice defenders Skodnan Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny are doubtful for Tottenham clash.