Preview of the North London Derby a Tottenham Perspective

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Tottenham and Arsenal Have Some Form

Both Tottenham and Arsenal are playing about as good of football as they have all season, with both teams streaking at the moment. Arsenal is unbeaten in four in all competitions and has only lost once in their last seven matches. Tottenham has likewise only lost once in their last seven matches and is on a nice unbeaten run as well.

Arsenal – LWWDW

Arsenal last lost about three weeks ago and even then it was to runaway leaders Manchester City 0-1. Outside of that defeat, you have to go back to the first week of February to find Arsenal dropping all three points. Arsenal was already coming around in December when the Gunners brought Martin Ødegaard on loan from Real Madrid in January.

Since Ødegaard joined the team they have been more dynamic and have been picking up more points as a result. Arsenal’s last match in the Premier League was a draw at Burnley however, the Clarets continue to show a single point at Turf Moor is not a terrible result. Either side of that draw with Burnley are two big come-from-behind wins in Europa League.

First Arsenal came back to beat Benfica and advance and then this past week, came back to score three unanswered after conceding first to Olympiacos. The Gunners are playing about as well as they have all year and likely they need to be because so is Tottenham.

Tottenham – WWWWW

Tottenham also last lost about three weeks ago falling to West Ham the same day the Gunner lost to Manchester City. Since that loss, the Lilywhites have been on a role. Gareth Bale has been a new player or maybe the old player, whichever he has been great. Harry Kane is playing at a Ballon d’Or level and Tottenham is scoring for fun again.

Spurs have shown more maturity during this current winning streak than earlier in the season. Previously Tottenham seemed to be stuck in either attack mode or defense with nothing in between. Spurs have really found a middle ground with Harry Kane dropping deep and runners again flocking past the talisman toward the goal. All of the wins have put Tottenham back in a position to make something special out of this season. Of course, a loss to Arsenal makes a lot of that effort moot.

So what should we expect and what are the player battles to watch out for in Sunday’s battle?