Arsenal takes on Tottenham Hotspur in the 199th north London derby and leading the overall series 82 to 64 (D52). With just one loss in the last 26 league H2Hs at home (W15, D10), the ‘Gunners’ enter the contest as favorites – a scenario that has seen them win 14 of their last 17 home Premier League (PL) games (D2, L1) when favored as such.
An opening home victory means Arsenal have now scored in their last 19 PL games here, with 12 of those seeing them win despite a -1 handicap, including a 4-2 win over Tottenham.
Slow starters at home, Arsenal have been ahead at half-time in just eight of their last 20 league games here. Subsequently, they are strong in the second period, scoring 29 goals after the break over that sequence compared to 15 first-half goals.
Champions League runners-up Tottenham travel here after a shock home loss (0-1 to Newcastle) which made it just one win in six PL games (D2, L3), with the three this season seeing them concede first before the 28th minute and behind at half-time.
Their away form is even worse, with no league win since January (D1, L6 since). Five of those six losses saw ‘Spurs’ go down by a single-goal margin, and score only two first-half goals during that period.
Players to watch: Nine of Alexandre Lacazette’s (ASNL) last ten PL goals have come at home, including one in this fixture last year.
Harry Kane (TOT) has scored in eight of the last nine PL H2Hs and is the joint-highest scorer in top-flight H2Hs (nine).
Stat attack: The last 20 competitive H2Hs have seen 4.65 yellow cards per game on average.
In 26 PL home games, Arsenal has conceded just one goal in the final 15 minutes.
Spurs have conceded just one goal in the 31st-50th minute period in their last 21 PL trips.
Will not play
Bellerin H.(Knee Injury) Foyth J.(Ankle Injury)
Mavropanos K.(Muscle Injury) Ndombele T.(Thigh Injury)
Tierney K.(Surgery) Sessegnon R.(Thigh Injury)
Walker-Peters K.(Thigh Injury)
Dier E.(Hip Injury)
Referee: Atkinson M. (Eng),
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)