Arsenal and Tottenham will meet in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium for a repeat of the thrilling North London derby played out on December 2.
The Gunners came storming back from behind on that occasion to record a 4-2 victory over their great rivals, signalling a return to form under the stewardship of Unai Emery after years of struggle.
However, they have since seen a 22-match undefeated run come to a shuddering halt against Southampton at the weekend and have their work cut out bouncing back against a Spurs side that continues to be one of England’s most consistent outfits.
|Game||Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur|
|Date||Wednesday, December 19|
|Time||7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event. It can be streamed via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Cech, Leno, Martinez|
|Defenders||Bellerin, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac|
|Midfielders||Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka|
Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Xhaka, Monreal; Torreira, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan; Ramsey, Aubameyang, Iwobi
|Goalkeepers||Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga|
|Defenders||Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies|
|Midfielders||Son, Winks, Wanyama, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura|
Tottenham starting XI: Gazzaniga; Trippier, Alderweireld, Davies, Rose; Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Dele, Lucas; Son.
Betting & Match Odds
There’s little between the two sides in the eyes of the bookmakers. Bet365 have Arsenal down as very marginal favourites with odds of 13/8, while Tottenham are priced at 17/10. A draw can be backed at 13/5.
Arsenal and Tottenham played one of the outstanding games of the Premier League campaign to date barely a fortnight ago, with the Gunners running out 4-2 winners at the Emirates Stadium.
The two great rivals find themselves head-to-head once again in the Carabao Cup, and while the stakes might not be quite as high as in a regular league fixture, there is little doubt that both sets of fans will be hungry for a victory that will book a spot in the semi-finals, which will take place over two legs in January.
Recent years have seen Spurs hold the advantage over the Gunners, but after their thrilling victory at the Emirates earlier this month, Arsenal fans hold legitimate hopes that that grip has been loosened.
Certainly, the manner in which the hosts stormed to victory after trailing 2-1 in front of a raucous crowd suggests they have it in them to cause another upset, although injuries certainly count against Emery’s men prior to this fixture.
Additionally, they will have the handicap of having to bounce back from a shock 3-2 loss against Southampton, in which goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s late error allowed the Saints to end his side’s 22-match undefeated run.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have bounced back brilliantly from their derby disappointment, winning three Premier League matches on the spin and progressing in the Champions League after drawing 1-1 away to Barcelona.
It took a late Christian Eriksen goal to see them past Burnley 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday, but there is little doubt that there is a feel-good factor building around the team after an awkward start to the campaign.
Victory over the Gunners would only enhance their mood ahead of the vital Christmas period.