Tottenham Hotspur have had a weird start to season, some may say. From coming back from 1- nil down at home to Aston Villa to clutch the first three points of the season, to having VAR back on their side against Manchester City for a draw. Then there was the Newcastle game last weekend – most would expect an easy 3 or 4 nil win, especially at home, however, this is Spurs we are talking about – they lost. Now, with the 4:30pm kick off on Sunday afternoon, for what is one of the biggest derbies in England; the North London Derby.
Three games in, 4 points. The Manchester City was supposed to be a game that would set out this season. Win or draw against City away from home, surely Spurs should be fighting to be Champions already? However, does the draw now mean nothing, after losing at home to Newcastle, who were at the bottom with no points from their first two matches?
Arguably, Tottenham were poor against Newcastle, with fans begging on Twitter to bring on Eriksen as early as half time. There was a lack of creativity, too many side passes, and hardly any press. Then there was the question of leaving Vertonghen out of the first three matches, as arguably one of Tottenham’s best players. Of course, we can all be keyboard warriors, but at the end of the day Poch surely knows what he is doing, right?
The one thing to remember is the current form of the Tottenham team – all right backs are injured meaning Sissoko or Dier (now injured again) will fill the void, or maybe we will see the return of Aurier? Then Tottenham’s record signing Ndombele is also injured. However, we should be seeing the return of Dele, and hopefully another appearance for Lo Celso, for creating creativity for Tottenham. So not all is lost.
With the Newcastle game as history, Tottenham travel to their North London rivals – Arsenal. From the past, this is a feisty affair.
Both Tottenham and Arsenal are probably on a level playing field, but something special occurs in this derby, and both teams like to come alive. Unless we see a boring 0-0 match on Sunday afternoon, we can expect to see some fireworks. Last year’s visit to the Emirates saw Arsenal score a penalty in 10 minutes, before Dier slotted the ball to equalise, with Ramsey on the bench and warming up for Arsenal at the time the spat between the two sides began. Shortly after, Harry Kane scored a penalty before half time. However, Spurs went on to lose the match. Back in March, with Tottenham’s last game at Wembley as a home game, the NLD was a 1-1 draw – Kane’s penalty and Lloris saving Aubameyang penalty which could have taken Arsenal through to the Champion’s League group stage 2019/2020.
One thing is certain, there will be a penalty (or two), there will be goals, and someone will probably get sent off. With Vertonghen seeing red in December 2018 for Spurs, and Torreria seeing red for Arsenal in March last season.
Will Tottenham produce an upset at the Emirates and all will be forgotten about losing to Newcastle, or will Arsenal be claiming the colour of North London and getting their heads too high (last December, they weren’t above Spurs long before Spurs were above them for the rest of the season) again. Will VAR make the decisions that could cause upset amongst both sides?