North London Derby: Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC Starting XI Predictions


The North London derby commences Sunday afternoon as Tottenham Hotspur head to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal FC. Emotions always run high whenever this rivalry resumes, and this edition will be an even bigger deal as both teams are fighting for UCL qualification slots.

Both sides also head into this match having won their midweek European clashes, but still have major squad questions to answer. Let’s take a look at who could start in the first team for both sides.  

The Bank Tottenham Hotspur FC Starting XI Prediction 4-2-3-1

Striker: Harry Kane

Attacking midfield: Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min

Defensive-midfield: Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier

Back line:  Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

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The Bank   Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction (4-3-3) 

Attacking Players:  Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 

Central Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Alex Iwobi

Defenders:  Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac

Goalkeeper:  Bernd Leno


Arsenal FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FYIs

Injury Report: go to this link

Press Conference videos, quotes: coming Friday

Kickoff: Sunday, December 2, 905 EST, 205pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London

Odds via Odds Checker: Arsenal FC 13/8  Draw 77/29  Tottenham Hotspur 7/4

Prediction: Arsenal FC 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2


As always, feel free to post your own Tottenham and/or Arsenal starting XI prediction, as well your best guess as to what the final score will be.

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  1. Sissoko has to start to expose arsenal’s weak midfield…. I think that is where the game will be won, I feel spurs are superior in every department top to bottom

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