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Weekend Watch: Arsenal vs. Tottenham
We've got lots to look forward to this weekend in the EPL, but the match that highlights the weekend's action is surely the one that will be played Sunday at 11 AM ET:

It's a London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Arsenal


Mesut Ozil and co. will try to bounce back from their embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League during the week. It won't be easy for them but this time they play a tough match at home at the Emirates, which is sure to give the squad a boost. They'll hope to have a great performance from Alexis Sanchez who almost always delivers.

Arsenal's EPL form has been outstanding (even though they have faltered in other competitions), as they've won 5 consecutive fixtures and now find themselves on top of the EPL table, behind Manchester City only on goal differential (+13 to +17 for City).

They will again be without Hector Bellerin and stud defender Laurent Koscielny is also a doubt, but there are replacements available in Mathieu Debuchy and young center-half Gabriel set to fill in.

It's a big match for Arsenal, who will want to prove to themselves and to their supporters that they are better than their 5-1 drubbing showed. They are making a serious title push and winning this derby will be a big step forward for them.

Spurs


Spurs are coming off a different fortune from Arsenal, as they won their Europa League fixture on Wednesday 2-1 over Anderlecht. Their league form has also been very good of late, with 3 matches and 2 draws in the last five fixtures (including some high scoring affairs like a 4-0 win over Man City and a 5-1 smashing of Bournemouth).

Hugo Lloris, for me the most underrated player in the whole of the EPL, will look to keep a clean sheet against Arsenal's forceful attack. Striker Harry Kane will hope to continue to prove that his huge goal output last season was no fluke; he's been in good form recently after a tough start to the campaign and is recovering his eye for goal.

Also of major note is winger Erik Lamela, who is under tremendous pressure these days. After a brutal start to life in London with Spurs, the talented youngster seems like he may have finally found his form and has been outstanding this season. The Argentine winger is being charged with filling the gap left by Leo Messi's injury for the national team and has done an admirable job for both club and country in recent months. He's a thrilling player to watch and could be a major difference maker in this affair.

Prediction


I'm really looking forward to this match and think it could honestly go either way.

But with Arsenal's recent form, plus the fact that they'll have the home crowd behind them, I think they will have enough to break down Spurs.

It looks to me to be a tight affair, but Arsenal will walk away winners 2-1.


What do you think? Any other match you're really looking forward to this weekend?


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