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Goal.com weighs up the probable line-ups.

Tottenham Hotspur face Arsenal on Wednesday night as White Hart Lane plays host to arguably one of the most significant North London derbies of recent years. While the Gunners remain within touching distance of the Premier League title, Spurs hold aspirations of a top four finish, and an elusive spot in the coveted Champions League.

Both Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger have depleted numbers to choose from, with injury and suspension stretching their squads to near breaking point. But with the aid of Castrol Rankings, Goal.com UK offers the probable line-ups, and highlights the key battles of the contest.

Having both suffered recent cup disappointments, the two sides will be out to give their fans a much needed morale-boost. Arsenal were taught something of a football master class against Barcelona, while Portsmouth showed Spurs the fruits of team determination and passion.

Redknapp’s side are likely to be without club captain Ledley King and influential winger Aaron Lennon for Wednesday’s match, while Niko Kranjcar picked-up a knock to his ankle in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Pompey.

Wilson Palacios’ yellow card means that the Honduran will miss the match through suspension, having collected his tenth booking of the season. However, the participation of Vedran Corluka, Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone at Wembley indicates that they’ll be ready for the derby.

Arsenal meanwhile are suffering from a catalogue of absentees. Captain Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas, and Aaron Ramsey are ruled out for the season, while Russia international Andrey Arshavin also faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Alex Song is doubtful for the match with Spurs, although Robin van Persie could return. Arguably the most interesting spectacle is the expected return of Sol Campbell, with the former Spurs man set to deputise for Gallas.

What is certain, is that the Gunners will be without their top TWO performers according to the Castrol Rankings, while Spurs will rue the absence of two of their top TEN.

So which team is best placed to overcome those setbacks? The Castrol Rankings produced the following results:


Goalkeeper

Heurelho
GOMES
Rank: No.159
Points: 668
Arsenal
win by
7pts

Manuel
ALMUNIA
Rank: No.142
Points: 675


Defence

Vedran
CORLUKA
Rank: No.493
Points: 566
Arsenal
win by
47pts

Bacary
SAGNA

Rank: No.314
Points: 613
Michael
DAWSON

Rank: No.173
Points: 661
Tottenham win by 287pts
Sol
CAMPBELL

Rank: No.1206
Points: 374
Sebastien
BASSONG

Rank: No.594
Points: 542
Arsenal
win by 153pts
Thomas
VERMAELAN

Rank: No.103
Points: 695
Benoit
ASSOU-EKOTTO

Rank: No.503
Points: 563
Arsenal
win by
38pts
Gael
CLICHY
Rank: No.354
Points: 601


Midfield

David
BENTLEY

Rank: No.1563
Points: 234
Arsenal
win by 300pts

Theo
WALCOTT

Rank: No.632
Points: 534
Tom
HUDDLESTONE

Rank: No.155
Points: 670
Tottenham win by
10pts

DENILSON

Rank: No.178
Points: 660
Luka
MODRIC

Rank: No.232
Points: 639
Arsenal
win by 106pts

Abou
DIABY

Rank: No.36
Points: 745
Gareth
BALE

Rank: No.1069
Points: 426
Tottenham win by
7pts

Tomas
ROSICKY

Rank: No.1087
Points: 419


Attack

Peter
CROUCH

Rank: No.792
Points: 504
Arsenal
win by
97pts
Nicklas
BENDTNER

Rank: No.354
Points: 601
Jermain
DEFOE

Rank: No.18
Points: 805
Tottenham win by 110pts Robin
VAN PERSIE

Rank: No.103
Points: 695

Overall head-to-head score: Tottenham 4 Arsenal 7

Overall points advantage:
Arsenal by 334
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