Arsenal and Tottenham kick off the weekend’s Premier League action with the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
The match could turn out to be pivotal in the title race, with Spurs currently three points behind league leaders Leicester City in second place, while Arsenal are three points further adrift in third with just 10 league matches left to play.
Like the rest of the top four, Spurs dropped points in midweek when they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham for just their fourth league defeat of the campaign that ended a six-match winning streak.
The Gunners were also beaten in midweek, with their 2-1 loss to Swansea City following hot on the heels of the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, and they have now lost their last three on the trot if you include Barcelona’s 2-0 win in the Champions League, meaning they could be low on confidence heading into the match.
In team news, Arsenal will be without Petr Cech (calf muscle strain) in goal, meaning that David Ospina will fill in. Their defence will also be weakened by the absence of Laurent Koscielny (calf/shin) while midfielders Santi Cazorla (achilles tendinopathy), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Tomas Rosicky (thigh muscle) and Jack Wilshere (calf/shin) will also miss out.
For Spurs, midfielder Moussa Dembele (groin/pelvis) is expected to be fit for the match but Clinton N’Jie (knee) and Jan Vertonghen (medial collateral ligament) are still a few weeks away from their respective returns.