Febrero 19, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino addresses questions over Tottenham man's poor form

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Tottenham Hotspur welcome bitter rivals Arsenal to their temporary Wembley home ahead one of the most fiercely contested games in the Premier League, the North London derby.

Arsenal are now in sixth place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and break back into the top four this season.

Mauricio Pochettino's side - and in particular, the manager himself - have been painted as the villains in the wake of their dramatic 2-2 draw at Anfield.

The prolific striker has scored four goals in as many home games against Arsenal and has never failed to find the back of the net when his side are hosting their near-neighbours in the Premier League.

So as we get ourselves ready for one of the biggest games of the season, let's look back on some of the games that have made this fixture so special over the years.

The England worldwide has scored six goals in seven North London derbies.

"Spurs" Wembley record is better than it was, but Arsenal have the ammunition to hurt them. Arsenal can't afford to lose this game in their pursuit of a top-four spot, and a win will leave them a just point behind their local rivals. Between 2012 and Pochettino's appointment in 2014, Spurs lost five of the six North London derbies, conceding five goals in two of the games.

This season the Football Association introduced new regulations to retrospectively ban players who dive. "He is in a good moment now as well so it's going to be very hard to beat him but I think we will be ready for it". It might sound ridiculous - I was only eight when they let me go - but every time we played them, I thought, "Alright, we'll see who's right and who's wrong".

Provisional Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Rose, Davies, Walker-Peters, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Dier, Foyth, Aurier, Trippier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Winks, Dembele, Oakley-Boothe, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Lamela, Llorente, Kane.

Before you bet Tottenham vs. Arsenal, you need to see what renowned British soccer expert David Sumpter has to say.

That familiarity may help Arsene Wenger's charges, especially when considering their wretched away form. However, we are going for a 2-2 draw as our prediction at 12/1 odds at the same bookmaker.

The two have already gotten off to a flying start since arriving at the Emirates last month, with the former notching three assists against Everton and Aubameyang scoring on his debut to make the score 4-0. Victory is imperative for both teams.

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