Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Wednesday, 29 October Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Arsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)
Sagna – Gallas(c) – Silvestre – Clichy
Walcott – Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
Van Persie – Adebayor
Subs from: Fabianski, Toure, Song, Djourou, Eboue Diaby, Ramsey, Bendtner, Vela
Tottenham Likely Line Up (4-4-1-1)
Hutton – Corluka – Woodgate(c) – Bale
Bentley – Jenas – Huddlestone – Lennon
Subs from: Cesar Sanchez, Rocha, Gunter, Assou-Ekotto, Zokora, O’Hara, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani, Campbell, Gilberto, Stalteri, Ghaly, Taarabt, Boateng,
Injury Doubts: King, Woodgate,
(Likely line ups subject to change before the match).
Form Guide: Arsenal (4th) W6 D1 L2 Tottenham (20th): W1 D2 L6
Tactical View: Tottenham go into the match with the good news of recording their first win in the Premiership but have been given some bad news as both Woodgate and King may not be fit. Either one of the pair are crucial to Spurs chances as the non-inclusion of one could mean the selection of a make-shift centre back in Zokora, Huddlestone or Gunter but Rocha is selected in the squad.
The five man midfield of Tottenham weren’t very convincing against Bolton defensively and this is were Arsenal could take make Spurs pay. The passing and movement is likely to cause problems as well as the impact of Adebayor and Van Persie.
Key Battles: Emmanuel Adebayor v Vedran Corluka: Adebayor is high in confidence at the moment and will look to give Corluka an uncomfortable game with his strength and movement. Corluka has been impressive at centre back and he will have to be equally strong on the deck as well as the air against the Togolose striker.
Denilson v Luka Modric: Modric gave his best performance in a Tottenham shirt just behind the striker against Bolton while Denilson was ruled out with a back injury. Providing the Brazilian is recalled he will have to watch the wiry Croat as his movement and ability to get into dangerous positions is strong.
Cesc Fabregas v Jermaine Jenas: Cesc Fabreagas is the heartbeat of the Arsenal team as is Jenas for Spurs. The England man has been unconvincing so far this season while Fabregas has been the opposite. It could be a day of who can influence more and the Spaniard looks more likely.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspurs
|Ave Goals per game||2.00||0.78|
|Shots (excl blocked shots)||145||101|
|% Shots on Target||42%||40%|
|% Goals to Shots||12%||7%|
|Overall Pass Completion %||85%||82%|
|Cross Completion %||21%||21%|
|Ave goals conceded per game||0.67||1.33|
|Tackles Won %||76%||72%|
|Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions||453||511|