Tottenham head into Sunday’s north London derby looking to reestablish their Champions League qualification credentials against an Arsenal side eyeing up the Premier League title.
A home defeat to Aston Villa has been followed up by an away thrashing of Crystal Palace and progression in the FA Cup courtesy of a slender victory over Portsmouth.
The fixture earlier in the season saw Arsenal overwhelm Tottenham at the Emirates, but with the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle in excellent form ahead of them, Spurs need victory on Sunday.
GK: Hugo Lloris – Recently announced his retirement from international football and Tottenham are eyeing a successor for the Frenchman
CB: Cristian Romero – A better performance in the 4-0 victory at Crystal Palace, having looked empty in the defeat to Aston Villa.
CB: Eric Dier – Gifted Brentford a goal in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw but was another strong performer at Selhurst Park.
CB: Clement Lenglet – Can play piercing passes from defence that get Tottenham moving forward quickly, though his physical and defensive qualities leave more to be desired.
RWB: Matt Doherty – Seems to have finally overhauled Emerson Royal on Tottenham’s right and netted against Palace, having scored in a series of friendlies during the World Cup.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Continues to be a consistent presence in Tottenham’s midfield. How he and Spurs deal with the marvellous Martin Odegaard could be decisive.
CM: Yves Bissouma – Bissouma dropped out of the starting XI against Portsmouth but has been spotted training and should recover to start. Rodrigo Bentancur is improving but unlikely to make the squad.
LWB: Ivan Perisic – The Croatian has emerged as the pro performer most were expecting at Spurs, though he is yet to score his first goal for the club.
RW: Dejan Kulusevski – Spurs’ creativity in attacking areas has been sorely lacking in Kulusevski’s absence, but Antonio Conte hinted he could be ready to start against the Gunners on Sunday.
ST: Harry Kane – While strike partner Son Heung-min has struggled to a horrific extent, Kane continues to score and assist at an excellent rate. He’s six goals behind Golden Boot shoo-in Erling Haaland (21) with 15 strikes.
LW: Son Heung-min – His struggles have been well documented. He finally showed a clinical edge against Palace and has a good record against Arsenal, but another timid performance will be easily handled by the Gunners.