Defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon will leave Arsenal seven points behind their fiercest rivals. Tottenham have lost the past two North London derbies 5-2, but Emmanuel Adebayor’s early dismissal in the reverse fixture this season certainly didn’t help their cause.
Andre Villas-Boas has guided his side into third place on the back of 11 games without defeat in the league. Much of Spurs’ good work has come from recently named player of the month Gareth Bale. The Welsh wizard has bagged eight goals in his last six games and has 19 for the season in all competitions.
The Gunners have also not won at the Lane since 2007, while the last three fixtures between the two sides, the team that scored first lost the match. There have been two red cards shown to Spurs in the previous three clashes.
Spurs versus Arsenal is the highest scoring fixture in Premier League history.
Two late goals at St Andrews helped Leeds set up a cracking FA Cup fourth round tie with Tottenham at Elland Road. Spurs made light work of Coventry in a comfortable 3-0 victory, but Andre Villas-Boas will be expecting a far tougher test in Yorkshire on Sunday.
The clubs last met in the 2009/10 campaign for an FA Cup tie in which Spurs prevailed. Leeds did earn a replay though after drawing 2-2 in the first match – they lost the replay 3-1 on the back of a hat-trick from Jermain Defoe.
Tottenham and Leeds also met in the same competition in 1998/99 and the Yorkshire club forced a replay on that occasion too.
Spurs’ last away game was at Loftus Road and they could only manage a goalless draw with relegation threatened QPR.
Amidst all the build up to Sunday’s Manchester derby it’s understandable that some will have lost sight of another cracking game at Goodison Park between Tottenham and Everton. As Arsenal continue to implode, these two clubs are vying for the final Champions League berth and we’ll have a clearer idea of who is in the driving seat by Sunday evening.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side were in Europa League action during the week and their 3-1 win against Panathinaikos extended their winning run to four games. The two Premier League clubs traded home league wins last season with the away side both failing to score.
Nikica Jelavic’s winner in the last meeting arrived in only the 22nd minute as the Toffees came through 1-0. Early goals have been a common feature in matches between Everton and Tottenham and the average time of the opening goal currently stands at 18 minutes across the past five renewals.
Chelsea return to action after the international break with a mouth-watering London derby with Tottenham. Before the internationals Roberto Di Matteo’s side secured three points against a poor Norwich outfit to maintain a four point lead at the top of the table.
After a slow start, Spurs’ season has kicked into life and Andre Villas-Boas deserves plenty of praise for guiding the club up to fifth. Spurs have won four and drawn two of their past six league matches and remain unbeaten at White Hart Lane.
With the contest in North London, Chelsea should have a tricky time to keep their unbeaten start to the campaign going. The Blues also have a poor record at the Lane that has seen them go six games without a league win there – a run that includes three defeats.
Tottenham’s season is threatening to fall to pieces as the 1-0 defeat at QPR left them three points off Newcastle – who currently occupy the final Champions League spot. Spread bettors that have bought Spurs’ Championship Index will be praying that Harry Redknapp can side get his up for one final push for the fourth place as time runs out.
Blackburn are next to visit White Hart Lane and they finally ended a run of five straight defeats by beating Norwich 2-0 last weekend at Ewood Park. Rovers’ spread supporters won’t need reminding that they have lost five times in their past six away league games. There’s also further concerns for anyone buying the visitor’s win index as they have a shocking recent record against Spurs.
Spurs have won their previous five games against Blackburn and they lost 4-2 on their most recent visit to White Hart Lane.