Tottenham vs Arsenal: North London derby preview

It is the biggest meeting between these two fierce rivals for years and one that will have a decisive say in the captivating race for Champions League qualification.

Arsenal – fourth with a four-point buffer to Spurs in fifth after four straight wins – make the short trip to N17 knowing that a famous win would confirm their return to Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since the 2016-17 season, although they have a likely difficult task ahead.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is a master at pulling a result out of the bag in these kind of one-off big games, as both Manchester City and Liverpool have found out since the turn of the year.

The north London derby, of course, needs little in the way of added spice but the fact the game was postponed at Arsenal’s request in January infuriated Spurs. Finally, four months on from its original date, the two will meet again with the stakes sky-high.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s derby…

Date, kick-off time and venue

Tottenham vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 7.45pm BST kick-off time tonight, Thursday May 12, 2022.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the north London derby.

Where to watch Tottenham vs Arsenal

TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s contest will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.

LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Simon Collings and Dan Kilpatrick will be providing expert analysis from the ground.

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Tottenham vs Arsenal team news

Tottenham could be without Sergio Reguilon for the rest of the season due to a groin problem, with Conte complaining about having just 15 senior players available for the season’s run-in. Oliver Skipp remains injured along with Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty.

Largely, the Italian’s first-choice starting XI picks itself with little in the way of surprise changes expected as things stand. Luckily for him, there are no fresh injury concerns.

Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, fears that Ben White will not be able to return to his starting lineup after missing Arsenal’s wins over West Ham and Leeds with a hamstring issue. The Gunners boss also confirmed that Bukayo Saka is a doubt after coming off for the final 20 minutes in Sunday’s win at the Emirates. Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey are long-term absentees.

Tottenham vs Arsenal prediction

Tottenham, four points adrift of their rivals in fifth with three games to go, simply have to win and certainly boast the kind of attacking talent to damage Arsenal. Still, as strong as Spurs are at home under Conte, Arsenal have learned how to grind results out.

1-1 draw.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Tottenham wins: 66

Draws: 54

Arsenal wins: 84

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