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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspurs vs Arsenal | 13 May, 2:45 AM (PST)  

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G | Aaron Ramsdale 

CB | Gabriel, Ben White 

L FB | Kiernan Tierney 

R FB |  Takehiro Tomiyasu 

C MF | Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey 

A MF | Martin Odegaard 

W | Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe 

CF | Alexandre Lacazette 



G | Hugo Lloris 

CB | Joe Rodon, Eric Dier 

L FB | Sergio Reguilón 

R FB | Matt Doherty 

C MF | Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 

L MF | Tanguy Ndombele 

R MF | Giovani Lo Celso 

W | Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura 

CF | Harry Kane 


The North London derby, one of the greatest rivalries in the world of football, is set to face off once again this Friday, courtesy of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. So close yet so far, with only a couple of miles to set them apart, the Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal have been rivals since 1913— more than a decade of competition and friction. As the days inch closer to their matchup, it’s a mix of both enthusiasm and overwhelming stress for both teams and their fans as tensions are incredibly high. If you’ve been looking to get a clue as to how the game will unfold, then this one’s for you.  


Let’s start with their history. Besides being rivals since the early 1900s, both teams have their fair share of trophies and titles, one more than the other. The Spurs have won two league titles and 17 major honors while the Gunners have won 13 league titles and 27 major honors. Presently in the Premier League, they continue to be on each other’s necks. Arsenal has secured fourth place following their victory over Leeds this Sunday, garnering a record of 21-3-11 totaling 66 points. Home team Spurs are directly behind at fifth with 19-5-11 and 62 points.  


The Spurs and the Gunners have shown great performance in their matches leading up to Friday. Tottenham was able to end with a 2-2 draw against the mighty Liverpool, refusing to give them the winning three points to outrank Man City. Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min lead the Spurs as top scorers while providing the most assists throughout the game against Liverpool and presumably against Arsenal, too. Alternatively, Arsenal won over Leeds United this Sunday. While this was quite expected as Leeds is within the bottom three of the league, striker Eddie Nketiah paved the way for their fool-proof win. Nketiah is also looking more and more like Arsenal’s hero against the Spurs with his recent playmaking. This is also an opportunity for him to make a bigger name for himself, to prove that he’s more than capable of being the Gunners’ striker for times to come.  


Just like that, we’ve come to a conclusion. With both teams going on a streak and with a rivalry so intense, there’s immense pressure, to say the least. We’re seeing Friday’s game ending on a draw, both aggravating and relieving fans. Best case scenario, however, we’re expecting Tottenham to win their home game if they manage to outmaneuver the Gunners. It’s getting harder and harder to anticipate these outcomes, especially with such stellar teams, so the most we can truly do is watch live at 2:45 AM (PST), courtesy of ESPN's live stream at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  


2:45 AM (PST), Friday, May 13, 2022. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England. 

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