With any hope of playing in next season’s Champions League on the line, it is safe to say that the North London Derby will be Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest game thus far this season; here is the predicted Spurs line-up.
In some respects, Tottenham is playing with nothing to lose. At this point, Spurs are assured of finishing no worse than fifth place and returning to at minimum the Europa League proper in 2022-23. However, there is still a bigger prize available if Tottenham can take three points from the Gunners and get some luck. So how will Antonio Conte set up his side?
Conte and Tottenham to stick with Tottenham attacking three
There are few surprises for fans at this point in the campaign, and given the injury problems plaguing Spurs, there are few options available for Conte. The coach did try Lucas Moura in the starting line-up recently but was back with Dejan Kulusevski in the first XI this past weekend. Given the shortage of available alternatives, we should expect a familiar team.
Heung-min Son (LW) – Sonny was in the right place at the right time against Liverpool and scored what may have been his most straightforward goal of the season with his tap-in finish. Besides fighting for Champions League, Son has an outside shot at winning the Golden Boot, and a couple of goals against Arsenal would help both considerably.
Harry Kane (CF) – Not quite up to his lofty standards over the last three weeks, Harry Kane has just been a fraction off here and a fraction off there. He was just unable to find the right finish on a couple of good opportunities. For Spurs to beat Arsenal, Kane needs to be at his best.
Dejan Kulusevski (RW) – After performing as an impact substitute in the win over Leicester City, Kulusevski was back in the starting line-up against Liverpool. Deki received some treatment during the match and seemed to be carrying a knock. Regardless, the winger was consistently available as an outlet against the Reds and will need to be as available for Spurs on Thursday.
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