BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction ahead of Sunday’s North London derby.
Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip to the Emirates in a match which pits two in-form sides against one another.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won their last six games in a row, whilst Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seventeen.
Just three points separate Tottenham in third from Arsenal in fifth place in the Premier League table.
This will be Tottenham’s first match in a space of 31 days, which will see us come up against the Gunners twice. First in the league, followed by another trip to the Emirates on December 19th in the Carabao Cup quarter final.
None of Tottenham’s last 17 Premier League games have ended in a draw (W13 L4) – the longest current such run in the competition and will be looking for this to continue on Sunday.
Lawrenson believes that it will be Tottenham who will get the derby day bragging rights.
He told BBC Sport: “Tottenham have had some big games domestically and in Europe in the past couple of weeks, and they have won them all.
“It helps that most of Spurs’ players are fit again, or fit enough to play a part in games – like Christian Eriksen did on Wednesday when he came off the bench to score the winner against Inter Milan.
“Jan Vertonghen’s return from injury in that game was a boost but the really important thing for Tottenham is that their key attacking players – Eriksen, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min – are playing well.
“On top of that, Moussa Sissoko is starting to look like the player they thought they had signed when they bought him from Newcastle two years ago.
“That is why I am backing Spurs to come out on top here.
“Arsenal have not really been convincing whenever I have seen them recently, but that just makes it even more impressive that no-one can beat them – they are 18 games unbeaten and ticking along quite nicely.
“But that is just an extra thing for Spurs to aim at on Sunday. Not only can they take the three points, they can end Arsenal’s run too – and they would really enjoy that.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-2.”
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