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Premier League 2018/19, Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Combined XI

Sachin Bhat
Top 5 / Top 10
01 Mar 2019, 17:58 IST

Both teams have already faced each other twice this season
Both teams have already faced each other twice this season

North London would be at the daggers drawn once again this Saturday as its favourite sons Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will lock horns at Wembley in a crunch derby.

Having already clashed twice in the season - in the Premier League and the FA Cup, both teams have a victory each in the bag and separated by only four points in the league table courtesy to some contrasting results in the midweek.

While the Gunners shot down a hapless Bournemouth for five, Spurs went down 2-0 to Chelsea, their eighth loss of the season. And with the race to finish line hotting up, their latest meeting promises yet more fireworks.

Ahead of the much-anticipated kick-off, let's look at how Arsenal and Tottenham line up in a combined North London derby XI:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Lloris has a point to prove
Lloris has a point to prove

Even though neither Bernd Leno nor Hugo Lloris has been particularly fantastic in the nets, the Frenchman's superior stats to his German counterpart is the sole reason why he gets the nod here. Lloris concedes a goal every game (24 in 24) whereas Leno is worse by a whisker (29 in 24).

The Spurs shot-stopper has also made more shutouts, with nine in 24 games outnumbering Leno's four in 22. However, Lloris was guilty of a laughable blunder against Chelsea at the midweek, and this isn't the first time we're seeing such a thing this season.

The World Cup-winning captain has been a faithful servant for years now, even establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League's modern era.

But a turbulent campaign this term has endangered his starting spot in the team with fans clamoring for dropping him to the bench.

A good performance at the weekend might help cut him some slack.

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