Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: September 27th, 2014 1730 PM BST
Arsenal host fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday. The North London Derby is one of the oldest and most fiercely contested games in the entire league and both teams are sure to give it their all. In the build up to the game, we have invited Spurs blogger Dan Kilpatrick from TheTottenhamWay onto the site to answer a few questions about the game.
Blog name: TheTottenhamWay
Web Address: www.thetottenhamway.com
Your name: Dan Kilpatrick
What led you to support your club?
My family are all Spurs fans.
How do you feel your sides season gone so far?
Disappointingly. Since the first two league matches (West Ham & QPR), we seem to have gone backwards.
What are your ambitions for this season?
Realistically, a bit of silverware via the League Cup or Europa League is the best we can hope for. We’re not going to finish in the top four.
Are you looking forward to the game against Arsenal, and why/why not?
I always look forward to North London derbies because these are the games that make supporting a big club in the Premier League so worthwhile. But deep down I’m dreading Saturday, because I think you’re far better than we are.
Who is your most in-form player at present?
Errr…it’s very hard to pick one but I’ll go for Erik Lamela. He hasn’t actually been great but he’s trying harder than anyone at the moment and I think it’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring goals.
What threat do they pose?
I’m reliably informed that he can score goals and make assists but we haven’t seen much of that from him at Spurs so far.
What are your sides strengths?
Umm…Lloris is a top goalkeeper and I think we look fairly strong in the middle of the park. Capoue/Stambouli has the potential to be a very dependable “double pivot”, providing a platform for Eriksen (who is off-form but was brilliant last season).
We’ve very weak at full-back, where Dier (young kid playing out of position) and Rose (converted winger, who’s bad at defending) are likely to start. We’re also weak at centre half when Chiriches and Kaboul play (which they probably will) and we don’t have many options up front, barring Adebayor who (as you know) has the tendency to lose interest.
Who are you most worried about facing in this Arsenal side?
What is your favorite memory facing the Gunners?
The 4-4 Bentley wondergoal game or the 3-2 comeback at the Emirates.
How will your side lineup?
Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Stambouli; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor.
What is your predicted score?
A massive thanks to Dan for taking the time to answer our questions. As you guys can see, even the Spurs faithful find it tough to believe that they can beat Arsenal, especially with our man Ozil finally finding his stride against Aston Villa. However, their team has a few tricky players as well, Lamela is one to watch as is Eriksen; and Chadli has been in good form lately. Funny how no one seems to trust Adebayor though!
But our Injury problems notwithstanding, we should be able to take all three points from this fixture. Whether we score three goals remains to be seen, but I think we can all agree that it is going to be a highly entertaining game!