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Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal today as 2,000 fans can return to the stadium for the first time in nine months, and José Mourinho’s men will be eager to secure a win over their bitter rivals to give their returning fans a fitting gift and come back. to the top of the Premier League table.
The North London derby is expected to be insane as usual as both teams have a point or two to prove right now despite their contrasting forms in the English top flight, and more than bragging rights.
Spurs won six games, drew three and lost one in the 2020-21 league campaign, while Arsenal won four times, drew once and lost five games.
A victory for the hosts will further establish Mourinho’s dominance over the Gunners who have not lost a home game to them in 10 previous matches in all competitions, while Arteta will also desperately seek victory to quickly stop his poor form. team that has seen them record their worst start to the season in the league in 39 years.
Tottenham forward Harry Kane missed out on Thursday with the Europa League team due to injury but could return for today’s clash.
Having already scored 10 goals in all competitions against the Gunners, the English international will become the top scorer in North London derby history if he hits the score sheet today.
Erik Lamela will be unavailable due to injury, but Toby Alderweireld could be back in the starting XI after returning to training midweek.
Sergio Reguilón and Carlos Vinicius are also a doubt for today’s squad, who missed Thursday’s trip, while goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be evaluated for illness.
Arsenal will not have the suspended Nicolas Pepe, while David Luiz and Thomas Partey could return to action.
The Brazilian central defender was forced to retire at halftime last weekend after a head clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Raúl Jiménez.
Tottenham XI planned
Davies, Animals, Alderweireld, Doherty
Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son
Arsenal XI Predicted
Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney
Willian, Lacazette, Saka