The North London derby beckons as Tottenham face Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League 2022-23 on Sunday, January 15. The match will kick off at 10:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
While Spurs’ recent run has been filled with ups and downs, the Gunners have continued their terrific run since the last derby in October 2022.
Arsenal have a five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League points table this season. With 44 points after 17 matches, they have recorded the fifth-best start to a Premier League campaign.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have lost just once in this Premier League campaign while winning 14 and drawing two. However, Spurs have suffered five defeats this season, three of them at home, the latest a 2-0 loss against Aston Villa on New Year’s day.
Tottenham would need to secure all three points to keep in touch with the top 4. Meanwhile, the match is key for the Gunners to take another step in proving their title credentials.
TOT vs ARS Dream11 prediction
Despite recent form, the head-to-head record between the two teams suggests a competitive match on Sunday. Spurs have won the last three North London derbies at home with a 7-1 aggregate scoreline.
But with 22 points in nine matches, Arsenal have the best away record in the Premier League this season.
Tottenham have the home advantage in the 172nd league match between the two sides.
TOT vs ARS Dream11 team tips for Premier League 2022-23
Top tip: Best forward - Harry Kane
Tottenham’s striker Harry Kane has been Arsenal’s nemesis in recent years. He is the leading goal-scorer in North London derby history with 14 goals in 18 matches. The Englishman scored a penalty in this clash in October 2022, while also netting in their last two wins over the Gunners.
While Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal have also been in good form this season, Kane’s potential for goals and assists gives him the nod as the top fantasy pick in the upcoming encounter.
Top tip: Best midfielder - Martin Odegaard
Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard, who was named the Premier League Player of the Month for November/December 2022, is the ideal midfield pick. A creative player with an eye for goal, Odegaard’s abilities would possess a serious threat to the Spurs backline on Sunday.
The Norwegian has been in great touch in the 2022/23 season, scoring seven goals and making five assists in 16 league matches. Odegaard assisted two goals in the recent London derby at the Emirates Stadium against West Ham United.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are also suitable midfield options.
Top tip: Best defender - Gabriel Magalhaes
Benjamin White, Cristian Romero and William Saliba are good shouts for defensive picks in the upcoming North London derby. However, Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes, who has been impactful in both boxes this season, is our top defensive pick.
The 25-year-old Brazilian defender has kept eight clean sheets in 17 matches in the Premier League 2022-23, while averaging 1.4 tackles and 3.5 clearances per game.
However, his offensive exploits on set-pieces haven’t gone unnoticed. Magalhaes scored the match-winning goals against Fulham and Chelsea this season. He also boasts a 90% passing accuracy.
Top tip: Best goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris
Clean sheets haven’t been a regular occurrence in this fixture, with just one in the last four matches. While Arsenal’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been among the best between the posts this season, Spurs’ Hugo Lloris is our pick for Sunday.
Arsenal have been offensively potent in the Premier League this season, scoring the most away goals in the ongoing campaign. The potential for Lloris to make saves, blocks and interceptions is higher than Ramsdale at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, giving the Spursman an edge.
Lloris kept a clean sheet in Tottenham’s last league win over Crystal Palace. The Frenchman averages 3.0 saves per game this season, making 51 saves so far.
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