Tim Sherwood and David Seaman believe Tottenham have earned the right to be classed as North London’s top club ahead of their big rivals Arsenal.
Spurs are currently third in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Manchester City but four in front of the Gunners going into Saturday’s game between the two sides.
Ahead of the game David Seaman and Tim Sherwood took part in the TAG Heuer Pressure Test Debate and the pair insisted the Gunners have to pick up three points to keep their top four hopes alive.
“I think Spurs are heavy favourites,” said Sherwood. “Arsenal are under so much pressure. Even this early in the season they have to win this football match.
“It’s not only the result of this game or the three points, it’s the lift it gives you ñ Spurs have some huge games coming up and a win would give a lift.
“It’s buzzing at the moment but it won’t be if they lose this. If Arsenal win this game they will get a bounce going into the rest of the season.
“If they lose, their best chance of getting into the Champions League will be through the Europa League.”
Many pundits and fans have argued that Spurs are now the strongest of the two clubs, particularly after Mauricio Pochettino’s side finished 11 points ahead of the Gunners last season.
Seaman admitted that Spurs’ form under Pochettino has seen a change in the way the two sides are perceived.
“People say the power is shifting, but I say the form is shifting,” said Seaman. “Power comes through winning trophies.
“But for Arsenal finishing above Spurs matters massively as it could decide who finishes in the top four, so it’s a massive game this weekend.
“Arsenal need to get some consistency and Arsenal seriously need to win this game.”
The Arsenal and Spurs legends pinpointed Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez as major threats to Tottenham’s defence, but the pair inevitably offered differing predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s game.
“I’m going for a 2-1 Arsenal win, but it’s as close as I’ve ever known it,” added Seaman.
Sherwood said he believed the clash would live up to the pre-match hype, but he insisted his former team would come out on top.
“When you build up a North London derby I don’t think you are ever disappointed,” he said. “I’m going for a 2-1 Spurs win.”
David Seaman and Tim Sherwood were speaking on behalf of TAG Heuer to promote the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. Watch the full Pressure Test debate at: http://tagheuerpressuretest.com/dressing-room-insights and then take the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test to have the chance to win tickets to see your team live!.
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