Preview - Tottenham vs Arsenal Feb 10 2018

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Match Day 27
Tottenham vs. Arsenal
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
20:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham:
Last five matches form: D W D W D
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (22)

Arsenal:
Last five matches form: W L W L D
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (9)

Match Day 27 kicks off with a big one as bitter North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal do battle at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Plenty at stake for Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger's men here, with only four points separating fifth placed Spurs and the sixth placed Gunners.

At first glance it would appear that Arsenal have had the easier build up to this game having had a blank midweek, whereas Tottenham had an F.A. Cup replay with Newport to contend with. With Pochettino resting the majority of his big guns for that contest though, we wouldn't expect that factor to have much bearing here.

Both sides performed well in their most recent League outings, with Tottenham coming back into the game really well following an early setback at Liverpool, and Arsenal simply blowing Everton away in the first half at the Emirates.

Arsenal won the reverse game 2-0 back in November, but they are undoubtedly a much better side at home, having won only three away matches all season. Tottenham seem to have recovered well from their early Wembley hoodoo, losing just once at home in the League this season.

We do like the look of Arsenal with Henrikh Mikhitaryan in the side, and see them at least getting on the scoresheet. Overall though Spurs more solid backline, allayed to their home advantage can see them sneak this.


Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 18 -6
Shots on target: 6 - 1
Corner Kicks:  10 - 2
Possession: 50% - 50%


Erik Lamela and Eric Dier saw yellow for the home side, whilst Skhodran Mustafi was booked for the visitors.
The possession stats for this match were dead even, but in every other respect Tottenham were far superior to their North London rivals. Indeed, given the chances squandered by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Spurs will be wondering how they were not well out of sight in the closing stages of the game. The fact that Arsenal were even still in the match was largely down to a much improved showing from their under pressure keeper, Petr Cech.
The first half at Wembley was in truth something of a non-event, but it became clear at the start of the second period that the home side were the most likely winners of this tie. Their greater tempo and pressure paid almost immediate dividends as the unstoppable Harry Kane rose highest to power in a header from Ben Davies cross. For the next half hour or so it was all Tottenham, but despite mounting pressure they were unable to add to their slender advantage.
Failing to capitalise on gilt edged opportunities can often prove costly in the Premier League, and it so very nearly did once again, with substitute Alexandre Lacazette failing to make the most of two excellent opportunities. 1-0 it ended then to the delight of the Wembley faithful.
This was a big win for Mauricio Pochettino's men, lifting them into third above beleaguered Chelsea in their bid to secure a top four finish.
The Champions League meanwhile is starting to look out of reach for the Gunners who now sit six points adrift of the top four.

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