Match: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Date: Wednesday, 23 September, 2015
Start time: 19:45 GMT
The most interesting clash of 1/16-finals of the League Cup in England opposes London’s Tottenham and Arsenal. The North London derby is on Wednesday and starting at 21:45 on “White Hart Lane”.
Tottenham did not a defeat in their last six matches in all competitions. A month and a half since “The Spurs” lost the last – during his visit to Manchester United in the first round of the Premiership.
The team of Mauricio Pochettino beat Crystal Palace 1:0 over the weekend. With the success “The Spurs” gathered a total of 9 points and climbed to 9th position in the standings in the Premier League.
Last season, Tottenham reached the final in the Cup standings, where they lost against Chelsea 0:2. Londoners had a relatively easy path to the finals after eliminating successively Nottingham, Brighton. Newcastle and Sheffield United.
In the upcoming match Pochetino team coach can not count on injured Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Moussa Dembele. There is a high probability midfielder Christian Eriksen to start as a starter. Dane healed injury, but appeared in the game against Crystal Palace in the second half, which means it is completely healed.
A year ago on the same date gave Arsenal Southampton 1:2 and leaving the race still a sixteenth-finals. In recent years, “Gunners” do not take very seriously the competition and drop in a fairly early stage. In its history, Arsenal has won the tournament twice, the last time it did back in 1993.
Manager Arsene Wenger announced that midfielder Francis Coquelin misses the derby. The Frenchman received trauma defeat 0: 2 Chelsea on Saturday the Premier League.
In a match with “spurs” Wenger can not rely on Santi Cazorla and Gabriel Paulista who received red cards in the clash with Chelsea and are punished. Jack Wilshire, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky they are permanently injured in the composition of the “ball”. There likely defender Per Mertezaker, who last played in the win against Crystal Palace on 16 August, to return to the line up.
Last season Tottenham won 2:1 at home against Arsenal. In 81 meetings “White Hart Lane” “spurs” have 33 wins, 23 draws and 25 losses against “The Gunners”
Arsenal is a series of two defeats in a row after a loss to Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Wenger will have to ease the tension in the team, but it will not happen with new and defeat it in the North London derby. Tottenham did play Manchester City in the “Premier League” a few days later and possible Pochetino to rest some of their holders. So I expect Arsenal to move the tournament to end their poor run.