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All eyes will be on N17 on Sunday when Tottenham and Arsenal go head-to-head in the second North London Derby of the campaign. It promises to be a mouthwatering occasion as Spurs need the points in their top-four battle and the Gunners require a win to ensure they maintain a healthy lead over Man City at the top of the Premier League.
It could also be a day to remember for Harry Kane as he is one goal away from equalling Jimmy Greaves’ club record of 266 goals for Tottenham. Running out comfortable 3-0 winners in the same fixture back in May, it will be an entirely different game for Antonio Conte’s men this time around with Arsenal having just lost once in the league all season.
So who will the Spurs head coach name in his team to face their fierce rivals on Sunday evening? Our football.london Tottenham Hotspur reporters have named the teams they would select for the fixture below.
Alasdair Gold – Tottenham Hotspur correspondent
Tottenham’s injuries have eased but they probably could have done with one more week until this match if they wanted most of them back and in a better shape.
Conte said on Friday that Dejan Kulusevski is ready to play and also admitted that Rodrigo Bentancur and Richarlison took part in some of the training session during the day. He then said that he would speak to both players about their availability after Saturday’s final session but that he would not risk putting any of them out for a longer period.
Kulusevski is likely to come straight back in if ready as he has only been out for a couple of weeks after plenty of fitness work during the World Cup break with Conte and his staff.
However, even if Bentancur and/or Richarlison are available, it’s more likely they will take a spot on the bench as neither have played for around six weeks. Barring Conte suddenly chucking Bentancur back into the frenzied atmosphere of a North London Derby, Yves Bissouma, who is back from an ankle injury, will likely line up alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the centre of the park.
Elsewhere Conte’s main choice will come on the left of the back three and whether he goes for Ben Davies, with his experience of this game, or Clement Lenglet with his own experience of other big matches.
Gold’s team: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter
Antonio Conte has a couple of big decisions to make in terms of his Tottenham team to take on Arsenal in Sunday’s North London Derby. Dejan Kulusevski’s return to fitness is a major boost, while there could be further good news depending on how both Rodrigo Bentancur and Richarlison come through Saturday’s training session.
With Hugo Lloris starting in goal as ever, the head coach may persist with the same back three that won at Crystal Palace unless he believes Ben Davies should come into the side due to his experience of playing in the derby. Matt Doherty and Ivan Perisic should continue in the wing-back roles, with Yves Bissouma getting the nod to partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield.
As Bentancur has not played in six weeks and there are question marks over his fitness, a start may be too much for him in such an intense game but he would be a welcome addition off the bench if Spurs need to turn to him. In attack, Kulusevski returns to partner Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in a front three, thus seeing Bryan Gil unfortunately drop to the bench after two very impressive displays.
Guest’s team: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Doherty, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
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