Tottenham Hotspur are set to welcome their noisy North London neighbors to Wembley Stadium for the second North London Derby of the 2017-2018 Premier League season. Arsenal won the first meeting between these two sides 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, but enter today’s match four points behind Spurs and six points out of fourth place.
With a win, Tottenham can put some more space between them and their rivals and also put themselves in a very good position to challenge for Champions League football next season. A loss would reduce the gap over their neighbors to just one point.
Match Date, Time and Location
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:30 am (ET), 12:30 p.m. (GMT)
Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Match official: Anthony Taylor
United Kingdom: BT Sport 1
Australia: SBS/Optus Sport
Other countries can find their match listings at livesoccertv.com
Keep the Maalox handy: it’s the NLD.
I’ve said before how much I dislike the North London Derby. Rivalry matches are supposed to be fun, but more often than not I spend the days and hours leading up to the NLD in a state of alternating agitation and miserable foreboding. There’s usually mild nausea involved, though that might be the hangover. This is normal, right?
Tottenham Hotspur would normally be heading into a home Derby as the presumptive favorites, but that was before Arsenal “won the transfer window” by signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, two players that I wish Arsenal hadn’t signed because they’re both extremely good and I can never remember how to spell their names. The signings have seemed to rejuvenate Arsenal, as evident by their 5-1 thumping of Everton last weekend.
Spurs are fully healthy for the first time in ages, with Mauricio Pochettino able to choose his best XI. They also have a new signing of their own — Lucas Moura — who might or might not make his Tottenham debut today. And as excellent as Aubameyang is (and he really, really is), Spurs a pretty good idea of how to contain him after thumping his Dortmund side twice in the Champions League already this season. It’s reason enough to give Spurs fans hope.
Still, this will be a big test for Tottenham: when the Derby comes you can usually chuck all prevailing narrative out the window. Spurs went into the NLD at the Emirates as favorites and lost 2-0. They are good enough to beat Arsenal, but the Gunners haven’t lost at Wembley in their last nine matches.
This might be your favorite day as a Spurs fan. If so, good for you! I’m glad people are gettin enjoyment out of this match. I just want it to be over. COYS.
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