The latest edition of the North London derby is an important one. Arsenal and Tottenham are struggling to find top form, and their standing in the Premier League table reflects that. Both clubs will be looking for a confidence-building victory on Saturday.
Tottenham currently sits in seventh place with 17 points. That puts the Spurs one point ahead of Arsenal, but three behind upstart Everton for a coveted spot in the top four. The Gunners would love to leapfrog them with a derby win at home.
Football fans from around the globe will be tuning in for the highly-anticipated clash. Here's a look at the viewing information for Saturday's marquee EPL match followed by a preview and prediction.
Where: Emirates Stadium in London
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:45 a.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Even though Arsenal was only able to secure a point from last week's match with Fulham, some positive signs emerged. The most notable of which was the goal scorers. Olivier Giroud found the net twice while Lukas Podolski provided the other tally.
It's a sign that two of the club's prized offseason acquisitions are finally starting to settle in. The loss of Robin van Persie meant the Gunners weren't going to have a singular force up front this season, but a more balanced approach has been working lately.
If the Gunners can continue to get consistent production in the attacking third, the results will surely follow. The lapses along the back line against Fulham were not indicative of what has been happening throughout the campaign so far.
A key part of making sure the attack continues to thrive is the playmaking duo of Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta. They will play an especially important role against Tottenham, which is likely to hunker down at the back due to some defensive issues.
The Spurs rank in the bottom half of the league in goals allowed. They gave up two late tallies to Manchester City last week, turning a potential three points into zero in the final half hour. Andre Villas-Boas will do his best to make sure that doesn't happen again against Arsenal.
One player American fans will be keeping a close eye on is Tottenham's Clint Dempsey. The United States national team striker didn't make an impact against City last week. That made it three straight starts without a goal.
The Spurs brought him in to provide another talented weapon for these type of high-profile matches. They will need a strong performance from him on Saturday to keep face with Arsenal's improving attack.
Ultimately, fans should expect a tight match throughout before Arsenal strikes late to earn all three points and a coveted derby victory.
Prediction: Arsenal 2, Tottenham 1
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