Arsenal will clash heads with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening, hoping to pick up a win and leapfrog their arch-rivals into fifth place, with a couple of games in hand. The Gunners will be heading into the contest on the back of an encouraging 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the first leg of the Carabao Cup competition, whereas the Lilywhites recorded a 1-0 loss (aggregate 3-0) against Chelsea.
Eric Dier remains unavailable for the weekend, but Steven Bergwijn is in contention to make the matchday squad.
“Dier is suffering a little problem, a little muscular problem, and he’s not fit for the game against Arsenal.” – Conte revealed.
“Steven Bergwijn has recovered from his injury, he’s had two training sessions with us but, for sure, he’s not 100 per cent fit at the moment. But I need him to come onto the bench. I’ve asked him about his availability for the game against Arsenal. For me, he’s an important option after (Heung-Min) Son was injured.”
While Spurs are checking for a new possible case of COVID-19, Son Heung-min and Sergio Romero don’t have any specific return dates yet.
Antonio Conte will probably opt for the 3-4-3 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Sergio Reguilon might get the nod over Matt Doherty, whereas Hugo Lloris looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
3-4-3 Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Lineup Vs Arsenal
Hugo Lloris will operate in between the sticks for the upcoming North London Derby. The France shot-stopper will hope to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Sunday.
Davinson Sanchez will form the centre-half partnership with Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies at the heart of Spurs’ backline.
Sergio Reguilon is a guaranteed starter at the left-back position, whereas Emerson Royal will fill in on the other flank as the right-back. The full-backs will be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg might start in the holding midfield position and he could be assigned with more of a defensive role to shield the home side’s back-four.
Harry Winks will slot into the central midfield role, determined to set up some clear-cut goal scoring chances for the front men.
Dele Alli will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could come on to make a cameo appearance in the second half.
Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura will take up the wide positions, playing on the left and right-wing, respectively.
Harry Kane will lead the line for Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. The England international will be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet when he faces off against the Arsenal defence that has kept two clean sheets in their last five matches across all competitions.