Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction for North London Derby

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Tottenham Hotspur heads to Arsenal for the first north London derby of the 2019-20 season, and it’s a clash that sees two arch-rivals badly in need of a win. Both sides lost in disheartening fashion last weekend albeit for very different reasons.

For the Gunners, it was same old same old, in terms of very poor away form. For Spurs, it was a very surprising home loss to Newcastle, a side that many believe will be in the relegation scrap. Neither side wants to head into the long international break with another disappointment, piled on top of the one they’re already recovering from.

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The last thing you want, during the down time ahead, is negative momentum.

Mauricio Pochettino met the media ahead of the derby, and his during his press conference he ripped the stories claiming he was going to leave the club after this match as “stupid.” He made it known that these so-called reports are just rumors, and that he’s staying put right where he is.

“I am not going to walk away after the north London derby,” he said.

“I will be here on Monday and Tuesday.”

That said, let’s take a look at who the Argentine could start in his first team on Sunday. We were toying with the idea of slotting Davinson Sanchez in this prediction, but elected not to at the last minute.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction 

Son    Harry Kane   Christian Eriksen

Delle Alli    Harry Winks   Moussa Sissoko

Danny Rose   Jan Vertonghen    Toby Alderweireld     Serge Aurier

Hugo Lloris

North London Derby FYIs

Team news for both sides: go to this link

Starting XI Predictions: Arsenal

Kickoff: Sunday, Sept 1, Emirates Stadium, 2:30 pm

Google Result Probability: Arsenal win 41%, Draw 27%, Tottenham Hotspur win 32%

Odds via Betway: Arsenal 11/8, Draw 5/2,  Tottenham Hotspur 19/10

Prediction: Spurs 3, Arsenal 2

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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