Points shared in feisty North London derby
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal meet in another North London derby in the Premier League with the hosts belatedly getting back to winning ways after suffering some worrying results and delivering poor performances since the resumption of domestic football. They will host a Gunners side that sit five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the standings at the time of writing, though that gap could be reduced to just two by the time the capital clubs clash on Sunday afternoon. Read our preview here:
Running up that Gil
Antonio Conte is keen to welcome four first team players back to the side - Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski, Yves Bissouma, and Rodrigo Bentancur will hope to recover from respective knocks in time for the weekend, and they would collectively be a massive boost to their prospects of breaking back into the top four. One of the stories of the last few games has been the quiet, good work done by Bryan Gil on the right of the attacking trio. Brought in from the cold out of necessity, the Spanish winger has looked more at ease this term with the pace of the game, and laid on a key assist in the 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace. Based on recent displays, he should keep his place and will look to find pockets of space in behind Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson are Mikel Arteta's only injury absentees, though the protracted and potentially very costly pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk's Mykhailo Mudryk does highlight both the need for greater depth in the squad and the shoring up of their ambitions for the campaign. More immediately, the midfield trio will hope to dominate on the counter, with Thomas Partey often being the first and most vital link in the chain when it comes to recovering possession and instigating quick breaks. Eddie Nketiah has blasted in five goals in his last five outings, cooling a little the talk of needing to sign another striker in the current transfer window, particularly with Jesus still out.
In what is certain to be a keenly fought contest in all senses of the phrase, Parimatch have odds of 3.40 for it to end in a draw, which would simultaneously damage Spurs' aspirations and Arsenal's grip on top spot.