Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Arsenal

17 November, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Nora May
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Victories over Real Madrid and Crystal Palace ahead of the worldwide break have left Mauricio Pochettino's side in a good position in both the Premier League and Champions League as they look to push on from their encouraging finishes to the past two campaigns.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs are seeking back-to-back wins in this fixture for the first time since 1982, having seen off the Gunners at the end of last season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shot down claims his side are the underdogs ahead of Saturday's north London derby against Tottenham.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all withdrew from the England squad with injuries while Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld were also missing for France and Belgium respectively.

Arsenal, meanwhile, lost to Manchester City last time out and are in danger of falling further behind in the race for a place in the top four.

But the medical bench isn't quite as jam-packed as it could be as Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen should be fit.

It was a 24-hour period at the start of November that really drove home the reality that Tottenham, after decades of playing second fiddle to Arsenal, was the new dominant force in north London.

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For what seems like the first time in decades, Tottenham is widely regarded as a clear favorite even though the match is taking place at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Yet no team has won more Premier League away games in 2017 than Tottenham, who have earned 10 victories away from home this year. They now sit third in the Premier League and are through to the last-16 of the Champions League.

Should they trip up, there's no doubt questions will be raised over whether Pochettino and his men can go all the way on the main stage - after all, the Argentine remains trophy-less at Tottenham.

And despite suffering from a few injury problems this year, he has already scored 13 goals in 14 games in all competitions this term, with people starting to consider him one of the most deadly strikers in the world.

The official showed a Premier League-high five red cards last season, and has sent two players off in his previous six North London derbies.

The match at the Emirates gets underway at 12.30pm on Saturday.

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