Tottenham and Arsenal usually provide ample entertainment in their Premier League meetings, and the potential significance of the latest edition of the north London derby makes it all the more likely to live up to expectations.
For Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, this is a chance to land a knockout blow with two games of the season remaining once their belated trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is over.
Spurs start the game four points behind Arsenal, whose position in the final Champions League qualification place of fourth will be unsurpassable for their neighbours should they win.
Victory for Antonio Conte’s side would throw open that coveted fourth spot in the Premier League standings – and Tottenham arguably have the easier of the remaining fixtures, hosting fourth-bottom Burnley before travelling to already-relegated Norwich.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.
Tottenham vs. Arsenal latest score
1 hour 45 mins to KO: Son Heung-min figures prominently in this Premier League mini-preview of this game, and the striker has had an exceptional calendar year as well as a record in this fixture that is ominous for Arsenal, with three goals and two assists in his last four derby appearances.
The 29-year-old has scored and been involved in the most goals – 12 and 17 are his numbers for those – of any player in the Premier League in 2022.
He is the second Spurs player to score 20 Premier League goals in a season without any of them being penalties – Gareth Bale is the only previous holder of that accolade, with 21 during the 2012-13 campaign.
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 12, 2022
2 hours to KO: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of a north London derby that is keenly anticipated even by the standards of this showdown between two of the Premier League’s most familiar and fierce rivals.
When Spurs last hosted this fixture, in December 2020, they were managed by Jose Mourinho and won 2-0 to go top of the table, above Liverpool on goal difference and six points clear of Manchester City.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was under a year into his tenure and was in charge of a side who were 15th in the table at the time. Now they can end Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League and seal fourth position in the table by winning at Tottenham for the first time in eight attempts.
Their arch-rivals need little more incentive to ensure there is no gloating and move a mere point behind them with three points of their own. Buoyed by an impressive draw at Liverpool on Saturday as part of a run of one defeat in eight games, this is an opportunty for Spurs to show how much they have improved since losing 3-1 at Arsenal in September.
How to watch Tottenham vs. Arsenal
|Date||Thurs, May 12||Thurs, May 12||Thurs, May 12||Fri, May 13|
|Time||19:45 BST||14:45 ET||14:45 ET||04:45 AEST|
|TV channel||Sky Sports Main Event||USA Network, Universo||—||—|
|Streaming||NOW TV||fuboTV||DAZN||Optus Sport|
UK: The north London derby is available in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event, and streamed on NOW TV.
USA: Thursday’s match is available in the United States on USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish), which can both be accessed via fuboTV with a free trial available for new users.
Canada: In Canada the match is available via DAZN on streaming platforms.
Australia: Fans in Australia can watch the match on Optus Sport on streaming platforms.
Tottenham vs. Arsenal predicted lineups
The Tottenham squad is in relatively good shape for this match. Manager Antonio Conte needs to navigate the injury absences of Sergio Reguilon, Japhet Tanganga, and Oliver Skipp, plus the untimely loss of in-form Matt Doherty. Otherwise, the squad is at full strength.
Ryan Sessegnon has taken over for Doherty opposite Emerson Royal at wing-back, seeing Ben Davies continue as part of the back-three on the heels of his excellent performance against title contenders Liverpool.
Rodrigo Betancur has been a brilliant signing for Spurs, developing an engine room partnership in midfield next to a similarly excellent Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Up front, Dejan Kulusevski was benched to start the Leicester match but caused havoc when he came on, seeing him return to the starting lineup against Liverpool and likely for the rest of the stretch run.
Tottenham projected starting lineup (3-4-3): Lloris (GK) — Romero, Dier, Davies — Emerson, Hojbjerg, Betancur, Sessegnon — Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Arsenal’s squad is in much rougher shape. Ben White‘s status is unclear, having missed the last two matches with a hamstring issue, and his availability either way could impact the match. If White does make the lineup, he could be shifted out wide right to keep Cedric from having to deal with Son Heung-min. That would leave Rob Holding to earn another start at center back.
Equally vital is the status of creative force Bukayo Saka, who came off early in the win over Leeds.
Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are two players who are certain to miss out, with Takehiro Tomiyasu continuing to fill in at left back, and Mohamed Elneny getting the open midfield spot. The in-form Eddie Nketiah should continue up front, having snatched the striker role from the aging Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) — White, Holding, Gabriel, Tomiyasu — Xhaka, Elneny — Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli — Nketiah.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 11, 2022
Tottenham vs. Arsenal betting pick & prediction
Odds via DraftKings (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), & SkyBet (UK)
With so much on the line and often very little to separate the two, it’s a tough one to predict but the betting markets give Spurs the slight advantage as the home side.
As far as how the match might play out stylistically, it’s worth pointing out that the odds favor the over 2.5 total goals and both teams to score. So goals are expected even though Spurs and Arsenal have shown they can defend effectively in high-stakes situations.
Here are the stats to keep in mind: The home team has not lost a match between these two sides in Premier League play since a Spurs home defeat back in March of 2014. That streak spans 15 games, with Spurs winning five (all at home), Arsenal winning four (all at home), and six draws. In addition, no team has won three in a row in this league fixture since an Arsenal run way back in 1987-89, and with the Gunners having won twice on the trot, Spurs could be expected to bounce back.
The lean here is in favor of the hosts and the under total goals with four of the last five north London derbies hosted by Tottenham seeing two or fewer goals. The matches at the Emirates are usually the wilder ones.
Pick: Tottenham or draw & under 2.5 (+110 on DraftKings)
Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal
to score Y / N
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