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Spurs’ Unbeaten Run to be Tested

#1

Spurs are impressively still unbeaten in the Premier League since the Italian took over – winning five and drawing three under Conte in the top flight so far – with that hot streak seeing them enter the weekend in sixth place – two points behind the Gunners with two games in hand.

#2

With victory this weekend boosting their top-four hopes while simultaneously ruining Arsenal’s, Conte’s crop need no second invitation to take advantage of their visitors’ absentee woes, assuming that the tie goes ahead as scheduled. The Lilywhites have also taken 13 points from a possible 15 at home in the Premier League during Conte’s reign – scoring at least two goals on each occasion – but Arsenal proved at Anfield that their defensive capabilities have gone up a notch in recent months.

#3

Mikel Arteta’s 10 men thwarted Liverpool with a magnificent defensive display to leave it all to play for in next week’s second leg, with Bukayo Saka and Takumi Minamino both spurning gilt-edged chances to win it on the night. Such a result was a marked improvement from their 4-0 drubbing at Anfield with 11 men earlier in the season and their FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, but Arteta’s side are still waiting for their first win of 2022 and have dropped out of the top four, although West Ham United are still within touching distance.

#4

As much as Liverpool’s lack of attacking inspiration was to blame for their failure to score on Thursday night, Arsenal’s staunch rearguard laid down a marker on Merseyside, and they will need to be on song once more if the Gunners are to chalk up a third Premier League away win on the bounce.

#5

Arsenal humbled Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham during a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium back in September, but not since the 2013-14 season have the Gunners won away from home in the league against Spurs, who can boast four wins from their last five against their bitter rivals on familiar territory.

DPP Verdict

Arsenal may be missing players in the double figures, but Spurs also have key men of their own absent for the derby, and confidence is not overwhelmingly high in the hosts’ ranks right now. There is no reason for the depleted Gunners to believe that they cannot come up trumps here after holding Liverpool with 10 men, but Spurs should take advantage of Arteta’s selection woes to claim a point and keep their unbeaten league run going under Conte.