The Match-Week 22 of the Premier League will feature the North London Derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on Sunday, 16th January at 10:00 PM IST. The fixture will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and hence, will be an away game for the Gunners.
Tottenham are coming after an exit from the EFL Cup with an unlucky 1-0 defeat against Chelsea. Spurs are currently 6th in the Premier League, 2-points behind the Gunners. This is a double game week for the Lilywhites as they face Leicester City during mid-week. Therefore, Antonio Conte will have a task at his hand to steer through this match-week with maximum points.
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form: W D W D W
On the other hand, Arsenal are coming off a lucky 0-0 draw against Liverpool in their EFL Cup tie, after Granit Xhaka was sent off for a horrid foul. With multiple absentees, Mikel Arteta will surely struggle to get a positive result out of the upcoming game.
Arsenal Premier League form: W W W W L
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Spurs’ team news and injury updates:
Spurs continue to remain without Son Heung-Min and Cristian Romero. Eric Dier is also set to miss the game with a muscular problem. There is still no clarity on the players missing the game due to Covid-19.
Continuous poor performances will keep Japhet Tanganga from taking Dier’s place. Hence, Joe Rodon is likely to play as the center-half.
Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Lineup:
Lloris; Sanchez, Rodon, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Moura, Kane
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: The Gunners’ team news and injury updates:
The Gunners have four players on AFCON duty and hence, will be unavailable for this game. The EFL Cup game brought in fresh injuries including Cedric and Callum Chambers, while Bukayo Saka remains doubtful due to fatigue. Granit Xhaka will be out due to suspension.
Some positive news could involve the return of Takehiro Tomiyasu on the right-back spot, replacing Cedric.
The club are currently in talks of postponements with the Premier League due to a lack of available players. The statement will be released soon as the talks proceed.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, White, Tierney; Lokonga, Chambers; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette
Our score predictions: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal
The Gunners will be struggling to take charge in the game without well-rested players, as Spurs will continue to push for the win. Arteta will be haunted by the lack of fit and available players, while Conte would want no fresh injuries to be ready for the Leicester game.
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