Tottenham take on Arsenal this Thursday in a rescheduled North London Derby that could prove season-defining in the Premier League’s swelteringly tight top-four race (7.45pm kick-off, UK time).
Antonio Conte’s men are hot on Arsenal’s heels with just four points currently separating the two rivals. A win would bridge the gap to just the single point heading into the final two games of the season, but if Mikel Arteta’s men travel to their enemy’s home patch and get the business done, then they will confirm Champions League football for next season. It’s all to play for.
Tottenham vs Arsenal betting tips from Squawka Bet
- Harry Kane To Have 2+ Shots On Target From Outside The Box @8/1 with Sky Bet
- Dejan Kulusevski Anytime Assist @11/4 with Paddy Power
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Tottenham team news vs Arsenal: Reguilon could miss rest of season
- Outs: Sergio Reguilon, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Matt Doherty
Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Matt Doherty all remain longer-term absentees for Tottenham, while Sergio Reguilon has recently joined them on the sidelines having not featured in the previous three Premier League games. The 25-year-old Spain international is currently nursing a groin injury which could see him miss the club’s final three matches, with Conte recently bemoaning “we are finishing this season with only 15 players”.
From one headline-grabbing coach to another, former boss Jose Mourinho recently opened up about his time as Spurs manager, saying he thought it was a “strange” decision to sack him on the eve of a League Cup final — and he hopes Roma won’t do the same after he guided the club to the Europa Conference League final.
Mourinho said: “I am in the maturity of my career and also my life where I don’t have bad feelings. I just try to accept the things the way they are. Yes. Yes it hurt.
“I react in a funny way when I speak with some English journalists at press conferences. I always say the joke about qualifying for the [Conference League] Final, I hope not to be sacked this time, because it’s something that doesn’t happen to too many coaches.
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“This time I cannot say I’m the privileged one, because it happened to me.”
He added: “I don’t have regrets. I don’t have bad feelings. There are lots of nice people in Tottenham and I wish them the best. Even to Mr Levy.
“But for a guy with my career and my history I think it was a strange thing to happen.
“But in the end it opened the door for me to be in Rome and I’m very happy to be in Rome.
“Of course I would love to be in a position of fighting to win titles or to be in the Champions League where I played 160 or 170 games there.
“But I am loved here. I love the people here. I feel very much a part of the empathy created between the fans and the club and myself and the players. I’m very happy here.”
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Predicted Tottenham XI vs Arsenal:
- Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son. (3-4-3)