And so the interminable wait for club football has finally ended and what a way to resume football with the most historical and heated derby in the EPL: Arsenal vs Tottenham…Which team will take the bragging rights as the North London Derby victor?
In terms of our squad, we are facing an issue at Left-Back, yet again! Zinchenko is uncertain and so is Tierney. El Neny and ESR are out and there is a doubt about Tomy and Partey but things are looking bright for Odegaard. Tottenham is waiting for news on Lloris and Kulusevski while Davies and Moura are most likely out of the game.
Tottenham is enjoying a fine start to the season and is scoring a lot of goals. Kane is enjoying another good season while Richarlison, Kulusevski and Son are able lieutenant as well. The main improvements though is with Sessegnon, Betancur, Hojberg, Dier and Perisic providing excellent defensive resilience. If Romero is fit, he will also be able to improve on the erratic Sanchez. Their main threat remains Kane but we know that Son gives us trouble everytime so he is to be watched closely. Tottenham plays in a 3-4-3 set-up and the main areas to explore are behind their full-back and we can always rely on a Dier error too. Another area that can be exploited is if we overcrowd their midfield with our three players (Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard) so let us see.
We have to hope that Partey and Zinchenko are fit to play, otherwise we are in trouble…
Ramsdale – White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Ode, Martinelli – Gabi J.
Lloris – Romero, Dier, Lenglet – Perisic, Hojberg, Berancur, Sessegnon – Son, Kane, Richarlison
Predicted score: 2-2
Predicted number of yellow cards: 5
Predicted scorers: Martinelli and Ode (or Vieira if Ode does not play) vs Kane and Perisic.
COYG – prove me wrong and win this NLD!