5 reasons why Tottenham Hotspur will win the North London Derby
The meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will be the first in the Premier League era at Wembley. Despite the 2-0 loss away at the Emirates in November, Spurs head into the North London derby this weekend as the favourites.
The 195th North London derby could prove to be one of the most important clashes with respect to the outcome at the end of the season. Both teams are battling it out to finish within the UEFA Champions League spots and head into the match sitting right next to each other on the Premier League table, in 5th position and 6th position respectively.
The teams are set apart by four points in the table and Spurs will be eyeing this game to extend the lead to 7 points over their arch-rivals and move into the top 4. Tottenham head into this fixture following a superior run of form when compared to Arsenal.
They are unbeaten in their last 8 Premier League games and look to be more confident after collecting 4 points against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.
On the other hand, Arsenal have had an indecent spell. The 5-1 trumping of Everton was only one of the few bright sparks for the Gunners in the last one month and their fans should avoid getting carried away by the win despite the impressive debuts of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
On that note, here are 5 reasons why Tottenham will beat Arsenal this weekend:
#5 Chasing the top 4
Tottenham's last loss in the Premier League came against Manchester City at the Etihad. Since then, Spurs have gone an unbeaten run of 8 games in the league, scoring 20 goals and keeping 4 clean sheets. They seem to have clear goal in mind, which is qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for a third straight season.
In spite of dropping points against teams in the lower half of the table, the Argentinian gaffer's side has never lost track of the teams above them and have always stayed in the mix. The fact that they can extend the lead to 7 points above their bitter enemies will be extra motivation which will help them in getting over the finish line.
Further, Spurs have gotten acclimatized to playing in their temporary home of Wembley, where they have been able to win the big matches against Manchester United, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund across all competitions.