EPL – it’s a Super Sunday
The battle for north London resumes today, when local Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham lock horns at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners should be brimming with confidence as they head into the derby tie having gone 15 games unbeaten in all competitions. Their last defeat was on the opening day of the campaign against Liverpool, but manager Arsène Wenger knows it won’t be easy against Spurs.
“It’s an important game for us because it’s a big home game,” the Frenchman said at a press conference this week.
“We have an opportunity to show that we can win these kinds of games too.
“We have to expect Tottenham to be at their best and really respond with a performance that will be effective.”
On the team news front, Arsenal have a few concerns. Lucas Pérez, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Héctor Bellerín have picked up knocks in the last few weeks. Wenger has revealed that Bellerín should be fit to play, but the others remain doubtful.
Meanwhile, after a promising start to the season, Spurs have endured a dip in form recently, and will need to find inspiration from somewhere to reignite their season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side won five of their first seven Premier League games, convincing pundits that they may be real title contenders. However, since the 2-0 win over Manchester City, Tottenham have gone six games without a win in all competitions.
Spurs may be without the services of Mousa Dembélé for the clash, after he came off with an injury during the 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Pochettino told the press: “He was injured. He asked me [to take him off]. It was his ankle, I think he twisted his ankle and that is the reason he came off. It was not tactical.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, Liverpool will aim to keep their 11-game unbeaten run going when they host Watford at Anfield. The Reds have climbed to third in the league standings after winning six of their last seven games, while the Hornets are unbeaten in their last four and have improved to seventh.
Down in Wales, two teams with a lot to prove will square off, as Swansea City host Manchester United. The Swans have not won a top-flight game since the opening weekend and are already touted as relegation candidates, while José Mourinho has problems of his own, with United having won only one of their last seven Premier League encounters.
Meanwhile, two sides with contrasting form tables will clash at the KCOM Stadium when Hull City host Southampton. The Tigers have been in free fall since winning their first two games of the season. They have lost their last six games, dropping to 18th. The Saints, however, have climbed to ninth after losing only once in their last seven.
Defending Premier League champions, Leicester City, will be hoping to build some momentum on the domestic front after an inconsistent start, which sees them 11th in the standings. They will host a West Bromwich Albion side desperate for points after losing back-to-back league games.
CLASH OF THE TITANS Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal holds off Kyle Walker of Tottenham