The North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal is always a big clash, but with both sides in great form so far this season, this upcoming tie is set to be a genuine six-pointer with a place at the top of the Premier League table at stake.

Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League so far this season, with four wins and two draws leaving them third in the table. Arsenal have lost just one game, and are currently top of the pile.

The last time these two sides met, Spurs ran out 3-0 winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – a win which ultimately proved decisive in the race for the top four last term.

However, Arsenal did win by the same scoreline when Spurs visited their ground earlier in the season, when Nuno Espirito Santo was still in charge.

A lot has changed since then though, for both sides. Antonio Conte has transformed the fortunes of the Lilywhites since taking over in November 2021, while Mikel Arteta’s project finally appears to be paying dividends for the Gunners.

When and where to watch?

The upcoming game takes place on Saturday, October 1, 2022, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 pm (BST). The match can be viewed on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate, with an active subscription, and coverage starts at 11:30 am.

Injury news

Spurs could be without Hugo Lloris, who withdrew from the France squad for the recent international break with a ‘small injury to his right thigh’ (Football.London).

Nothing has been confirmed as yet, but Fraser Forster will certainly be preparing in case he needs to stand in for the Spurs skipper.

Defender Ben Davies also withdrew from international duty with Wales last week (The Athletic), but according to Tom Barclay (via GiveMeSport), the knee injury may not be as bad as first expected.

If Davies does indeed miss the North London derby, it’s expected Clement Lenglet would step in on the left side of Spurs’ three-man defence.

Arsenal meanwhile will be sweating on the fitness of three key players; Kieran Tierney, Martin Odegaard, and Thomas Partey.

According to The Evening Standard though, both Tierney and Odegaard are looking more likely to play. The latter even managed some minutes during the international break for Norway.

It’s still unknown what Partey’s status is, but it’s believed he could play if called upon by Mikel Arteta. His absence from Ghana’s tie against Brazil last week was more of a precaution than a major concern, it seems (Football.London).

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