One more week, one more win. Tottenham Hotspur is all wins so far this season after taking out Swansea City on the weekend and finishing of Dinamo Tbilisi in convincing fashion in Europa League play. The defense has yet to allow a goal, promising signs with reinforcements arriving. Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiricheș, and Christian Eriksen have all been announced as new signings. Bale seems readied to depart though, ahead of a crucial fixture for Spurs.
The North London Derby has arrived. Spurs travel to Arsenal in what should be a hard-fought affair. Arsenal have had a resurgence since an opening game loss to Aston Villa, taking out Fulham on the road and Fenerbahce in Champions League, both in convincing fashion. However, Arsenal seems to be hampered by the injury loss of Lukas Podolski, as the German attacker has been in fine form to start the season. The attack will seem likely to fall onto the back of Olivier Giroud, as the French striker looks to power through a Spurs defense that has yet to allow a goal.
As for the Prediction League, Ed dropped another perfect prediction to get off to an early lead. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League--one point for a correct prediction, a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:
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This week's predictions:
Kevin: 1-1 Draw
Mechanick: Tottenham is a team in transition, and can't produce the decisive attack to break down Arsenal. But Arsenal bunkers to protect against the attack, leading to a drab NLD. 0-0 Draw.
Ryan: I'm sorry that people are jealous of me, but I can't help that I'm so popular. 2-1 Spurs.
Ashlock: Arsenal have no Podolski, no Ox, no Arteta, no Vermaelen, and possibly no Ramsey. Spurs are pretty much at full-strength. 2-0 Spurs
The Roosevelts: Danny Rose gonna get us pregnant again. 3-1 Spurs
Ed: Well, this has worked for me so far. 1-0 Spurs.
Petrilli: 2-1 Tottenham. Lamela comes on in the 90th minute and scores a brace because WHY THE FUCK NOT?
Uncle Menno: While it's tempting to be all ARSENLOL about this match, it's still the NLD, it's still at the Emirates, and we're still Spurs. Arsenal aren't as good as we are, but I'm still effing terrified. 1-1 Draw, Soldado penalty (lol).
MCofA: Arsenal still have a very strong first XI and they're playing at home. We're better, I think, but not by enough to be favorites on the road against a contending club. 2-1 Arsenal.
The Sleeper's Sleep: Audere est terrore. 2-2 Draw.
Lennon's Eyebrow: Aston Villa beat them 3-1 with the help of two penalties. We've already used all our penalties, but we can match that from open play. Would you feel bad if Spurs and Villa relegated Arsenal on goal difference? 3-1 Spurs.
Skipjack: 5-2 Spurs. Come at me Karma.