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Arsenal vs Tottenham: MPL Preview, Predictions and Fantasy team

The Premier League 2022/23 action returns after the international break as Arsenal (ARS) will lock horns with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur (TOT) in another enthralling North London derby in the first game of Matchday 9 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, October 1. The match will kick off at 5:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Under the tutelage of manager Mikel Arteta, Arsenal have been in scintillating form so far this season. The Gunners have registered six victories and just a solitary defeat in their seven matches in the Premier League this term. With 18 points from seven games, Arsenal are currently at the top of the Premier League 2022/23 standings, one point ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

Arsenal will head into the derby high on confidence after defeating Brentford 3-0 in their previous Premier League fixture. William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Viera netted one goal each to power Arsenal to another dominating win.

On the other hand, Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League this season along with Manchester City. 

Led by star manager Antonio Conte, Tottenham thrashed Leicester City 6-2 in a high-scoring Premier League fixture in their last game in September.

Son Heung-min bagged a stunning hat-trick while Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur scored a goal each to help the Lilywhites continue their unbeaten streak.

Having registered five wins and two draws, Tottenham are currently placed third in the Premier League standings with 17 points from seven games.

ARS vs TOT, Premier League 2022-23

Date: 1st October 2022

Time: 05:00 PM IST

Venue: Emirates Stadium

FORM GUIDE:

Arsenal Premier League form :

  • W, L, W, W, W

Arsenal form (all competitions):

  • W, W, L, W, W

Tottenham Premier League form:

  • W, W, D, W, W

Tottenham form (all competitions):

  • W, L, W, W, D

Arsenal vs Tottenham head-to-head in Premier League

Arsenal have a superior head-to-head record against Tottenham in the Premier League, winning 22 of the 60 matches that they have played so far. Meanwhile, Tottenham have secured 15 victories. 23 matches have ended in draws.

Furthermore, Arsenal have a dominant head-to-head record against Tottenham at home, winning 17 matches while suffering just two defeats.

However, Tottenham have won three of their last five matches against Arsenal in the Premier League. The last time these two sides met, Tottenham recorded a 3-0 win over Arsenal at their home earlier in May.

Arsenal wins: 22

Draws: 23

Tottenham wins: 15

TEAM NEWS:

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal have several injury concerns ahead of the North London derby. Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) and Cedric Soares (knock) are ruled out of their fixture against Tottenham.

However, the likes of Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko could overcome their injury concerns and feature on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard is expected to return to the starting XI in place of Fabio Viera 

Tottenham Team News:

Just like their rivals, Tottenham could miss the services of few of their star players against Arsenal in their crucial away fixture.

Star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris withdrew from France duty after succumbing to thigh injury and it is still not clear whether he will be 100% to play in the derby on Saturday. Dejan Kulusevski is also doubtful with a hamstring injury.

However, Antonio Conte has received a massive boost with the return of Ben Davies and Lucas Moura ahead of the North London derby. 

Additionally, Ivan Perisic has also been cleared to take part on Saturday after he was subbed in the international break due to an injury scare.

Arsenal possible starting lineup vs Tottenham:

Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Granit Xhaka,Thomas Partey; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard (captain), Gabriel Martinelli; Gabriel Jesus

Tottenham possible starting lineup vs Arsenal:

Hugo Lloris (captain), Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet; Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Emerson Royal; Richarlison, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min

Predictions

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have made an impressive start to their Premier League campaign this season. The two rivals have incredible squads at their disposal and we expect an exciting game on Saturday.

However, Arsenal have a brilliant record at the Emirates Stadium against Tottenham and the Gunners will start as favourites owing to their head-to-head record and home advantage.

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