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Harry Kane urges teammates to bounce back with derby win

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been issuing a rallying cry to his teammates, urging them to bounce back from a shocking defeat to West Ham at Upton Park to snatch what would be a priceless win against arch rivals Arsenal.

Spurs missed a golden opportunity to claim the league summit in March for the first time since the 60’s after suffering a 1-0 defeat in midweek, but Kane when speaking to the Evening Standard about the Arsenal game, said it’s the biggest in decades, and also represents the great chance for Tottenham to get their title bid right back on track.

“It’s tough but we’re probably one of the fittest teams in the League so if anyone can cope with it, we can. We’re a fit squad and we’ve got plenty of energy.” Kane said when asked about the tough run of games his side is up against.”

If it was a major surprise when Harry Kane headed Tottenham’s winner against Arsenal last year, it would be no shock if the same thing happens once again this weekend. White Hart Lane has been somehow transformed into a place where a special bond between players, manager and supporters resulted in an electrifying atmosphere.

“We can definitely beat Arsenal. We feel we can beat any team in the League so we just have to put in a better performance than the one against West Ham. We’re confident.

While not in a mood to linger for too long on their first away defeat in the league since the opening day of the season, Kane also admitted it was an all-around bad day and he thinks  Spurs ‘never got going’, and promised to put things right against Arsenal.

“It was a disappointing result but a disappointing performance as well. We never got going, we gave away too many cheap balls and we paid the price. We’ll try to put it behind us as soon as possible as there is another big game on Saturday.”

The result could decide who wins the title, with Tottenham having a golden opportunity to move six points clear of their North London neighbours and close the gap on current leaders Leicester City, but an Arsenal win would force them to claw back on level points.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be pondering on several changes to the first eleven which lost at Upton Park in midweek.

Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies could be replaced by Kyle Walker and Danny Rose in the full-back positions.

Dele Alli only came up as a substitute on Wednesday but it is expected the teenager will make the start in his third north London derby. Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele has to undergo a late fitness test with Ryan Mason expected to drop to the bench if the Belgian passes the fitness test.

Nacer Chadli could be dropped following a lacklustre performance against the Hammers while Heung-min Son is hoping for a start.

 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Preview, expected lineups and prediction
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Preview, expected lineups and prediction

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Preview, expected lineups and prediction

Arsenal suffered yet another defeat at the weekend at the Emirates against Swansea City, which put in a dent in their title ambitions once again. The Gunners had previously lost
to Barcelona in the Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League and have now suffered three consecutive losses in all competitions, which would not make Arsene Wenger a happy manager. It will be a top of the table clash between the two north London giants in the battle for supremacy at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon and both sides will want to take all three points from the game.

Spurs have been having a good time in recent weeks and are currently placed at second with 54 points from 28 games while their domestic rivals are currently third with 51. Both sides need to take back as many points as possible, as they look to challenge current leaders Leicester City for the title. The hosts have been quite inconsistent with the form, as they have won a couple of games, lost a couple and drawn one in their last five games in all competitions. On the other hand, the visitors have won just once, with three defeats and a draw. Based on their last five encounters, Arsenal have a slight advantage over their opponents as they have won twice, lost once and drawn a couple. A fierce rivalry which will surely have an impact on the way the league season eventually ends.

Team News:

The home side have three players out injured at present, with Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie ruled out with a knee injury. Further, Mousa Dembele is still a 50-50 for the match and could possibly be back on time for selection. It will be interesting to see whether he shall be played through or not.

On the other hand, Wenger’s side have some serious issues with injuries at the moment and will miss 7 of their key players for this fixture. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta will not be available, along with two huge stars Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny not playing a part in the game as well. The veteran keeper suffered a calf strain in the 2-1 home defeat against Swansea City at the Emirates and will now be replaced by David Ospina.

Expected lineups:

Tottenham: Lloris; Alderweireld, Rose, Walker, Wimmer; Alli, Dier, Eriksen, Lamela, Mason; Kane.

Arsenal: Ospina; Monreal, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Bellerin; Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Campbell, Welbeck.

Key battles:

1. Kane vs Gabriel:
Harry Kane will be a huge threat to the Arsenal defence and in the absence of Laurent Koscielny, it will be up to Brazilian center-back Gabriel Paulista to keep the England international quiet. The striker has been doing a good job for his team and will be once again expected to deliver the goods and it will be up to the Arsenal back-line, including Gabriel to coordinate amongst themselves and keep him out, as they have not really linked well in the last couple of games in the league.

2. Welbeck vs Alderweireld:
Danny Welbeck should start as the lone striker in this match as Olivier Giroud has really failed to score for quite some time now. With goals surely needed in this game, the former Manchester United man should be up against Toby Alderweireld and his defensive partners, who will look to keep him quiet on the night. It should be an intense battle as the Gunners desperately need to win the game if they wish to keep their title challenge alive and should go all in to score some quick goals.

Prediction:

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

The home side have been the better team in recent weeks and it should be a close game though Mauricio Pochettino’s side could clinch a narrow win over their opponents.

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