Live match preview – Tottenham vs Arsenal 12.05.2022

Team news, stats, predictions and how to follow the Premier League this Thursday as Tottenham hosts Arsenal in the north London derby, live on Sky Sports.

Neville on the NLD: I fancy Tottenham

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville, speaking on his podcast:

”I think it will be a really tasty game on Thursday night.

”It’s Arsenal’s to lose, but Tottenham on Thursday night will be hard for Arsenal.

”If they come out there with a draw or a victory – they would have done very well, especially with the pressure of being in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

”I fancy Tottenham on Thursday night. I think they were brilliant at Anfield because Liverpool are one of the very best.”

Thursday 12th May 7:00pm

Kick-off 7:45 p.m.


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Tottenham have no fresh injury worries for the north London derby against Arsenal where Champions League qualification is on the line.

Spurs came through Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield unscathed so head coach Antonio Conte will pick from the same squad.

Sergio Reguilon (groin), Oliver Skipp (pubis), Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga (both knee) miss out.

Tottenham provisional squad…

Lloris, Gollini, Emerson, Sanchez, Romero, Dier, Rodon, Davies, Sessegnon, White, Winks, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Moura, Kulusevski, Son, Scarlett, Kane.

Arsenal are hoping Ben White will be fit to feature as they look for the win to secure a top-four finish.

The England defender has been missing with a hamstring issue but is likely to be available, as is Bukayo Saka who went off in the 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday.

Thomas Partey (thigh) and Kieran Tierney (knee) will miss the rest of the season.

Arsenal provisional squad…

Leno, Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Cedric, Gabriel, White, Holding, Swanson, Tavares, Lokonga, Xhaka, Elneny, Odegaard, Patino, Smith Rowe, Saka, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette, Nketiah.

The re-arranged north London derby…

This game was originally due to be played on January 16 but was postponed the day before.

Of the 11 Arsenal players who were reported to be out for the original game, eight are expected to be available on Thursday.

Conte: I know the importance of NLD

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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says that he wants his players to ‘enjoy the moment’ of the North London derby and use it as a big push to win against Arsenal.

spurs boss Anthony Conte insists he knows the important of the north London derby to the Tottenham fans as Arsenal prepare to visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Champions League qualification on the line.

“We are talking about an important game,” Conte said. “Important for many different situations.

“First we are playing this game for an important target. For a place in the Champions League. This is first, to try to win this game. I also know the importance for our fans of this derby, the north London derby. This is the first time they’re playing this derby in their stadium with all the fans.

“We have to try to get three points against Arsenal. We are talking about a good team, a really well-organized team. Arteta is doing a really good job. He’s had the possibility to work and improve his team. In this moment of the season it has to give us a big push.”

A third derby win in a row for Arsenal?

Tottenham will seek retribution against Arsenal on Thursday.

In the last two derbies, Arsenal have gotten the better of their rivals – winning 2-1 in March 2021 and then 3-1 in September 2021.

Arteta urges Arsenal to seize chance to end Champions League exile

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has described the North London derby against Tottenham on Thursday – with Champions League qualification at stake – as his most exciting game yet in charge of the club.

Mikel Arteta have told his Arsenal players that “tomorrow is the day” to achieve their goal of a return to the Champions League by winning at the home of rivals Tottenham.

“For me it’s not about the pressure,” he said.

“It’s about having that inner belief that tomorrow is the day and tomorrow we want to achieve what we have earned.

“It’s more about excitement and the opportunity and when you have that in football you have to go and deliver and do it. That’s the mindset we all have for tomorrow.”

Both teams are coming off the back of impressive performances over the weekend. Arsenal secured a four-point gap between them and Spurs when they beat Leeds 2-1 after an Eddie Nketiah brace. Tottenham then put a dent in Liverpool’s quadruple hopes as they picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

How to follow…

Tottenham vs Arsenal is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm; kick-off 7.45pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

It’s fourth vs fifth…

It is the fourth time in Premier League history that the teams fourth and fifth in the table have played each other in May.

The last time it happened was in May 2010, when fourth-placed Tottenham won at fifth-placed Man City to secure a top-four finish and Champions League football.

Chelsea (fourth) also beat Liverpool (fifth) on the final day of the 2002/2003 season to qualify for the Champions League.

Jones Knows prediction…

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Arsenal have the clear advantage in the top-four race but knowing they can settle for a draw in this spicy encounter might just become a problem. Tottenham have no other option. It’s win or bust for them. With so many goals in their team and a manager who usually gets the job done in big games, the case for a home win at 11/10 with Sky Bet is easy to make.

Heung-Min Son rewarded our faith in the goalscorer market at Anfield as he scored his 20th goal of the Premier League season and is just two behind Mohamed Salah now in the Golden Boot race. Son is venturing into much more dangerous areas than in previous seasons as his partnership with Harry Kane continues to blossom. Arsenal have felt the force of Son’s goalscoring abilities, conceding three goals to the South Korea forward in the last four Premier League meetings. Son has scored in the last two home wins over the Gunners and the 5/2 for him to repeat the trick is a bet worth following.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1 | BETTING ANGLE: Heung-Min Son to score and Tottenham to win (5/2 with Sky Bet – Bet Here!)

Last time out…

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against Leeds

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s draw against Tottenham

The story of the match…

Eddie Nketiah celebrates his second goal of the game against Leeds
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Eddie Nketiah celebrates his second goal of the game against Leeds

  • This is the 191st north London derby in senior competitions and the 60th in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal will secure CL qualification and a first top four finish since 15-16 if they secure victory at Spurs
  • Tottenham have finished above Arsenal in last five seasons – it is the best run since six seasons in a row from 1959to 1965.
  • Arsenal have won the last two Premier League meetings – the Gunners have never won three successive Premier League games against Tottenham.
  • Only one of last 22 Premier League meetings have been won by the away team – Arsenal’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane, March 2014.
  • Arsenal have twice clinched the title at White Hart Lane – under Bertie Mee in 1971 and Arsene Wenger in 2004.
  • Heung-Min Son has 20 goals and 27 goal involvements in the league this season. only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has more of both.
  • Harry Kane has scored 11 goals for Tottenham vs Arsenal. he is the all-time top scorer in north London derbies.
  • Eddie Nketiah has four goals in his last four Premier League starts compared to Alexandre Lacazette, who has three goals in 20 league starts this season.

Watch Tottenham vs Arsenal live on Thursday from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 7.45pm

Essential Football Podcast: North London derby special – Antonio Conte exclusive & Alan Smith’s preview

Ahead of Thursday’s season-defining North London derby, Sky Sports digital football journalist Jack Wilkinson heads to the Tottenham training ground to speak with boss Anthony Contebefore senior football journalist Oliver Yew sits down with former Arsenal striker alan smith for the view from the red half of north London.

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