Tottenham are looking to seal their second successive North London derby victory this weekend – with their clash against Arsenal LIVE on talkSPORT.
But fans are wondering which formation Spurs boss Antonio Conte will choose, as the Italian attempts to retain local bragging rights.
Spurs are third in the Premier League table, just one point behind fierce rivals Arsenal, who sit at the top.
Mikel Arteta’s side are off to the best start but former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend believes this weekend’s derby will be one of the best yet.
“Both teams are in great positions,” Townsend said on talkSPORT Breakfast.
“If you ask both sets of fans, it’s probably the first time in a long time that both sides have been positive and both sets of fans have nothing but positive things to say about their club, their manager and their players.
“I think this is probably one of the tastiest North London derbies we’ve seen in many years and hopefully the game lives up to expectations.”
Before the international break, Spurs sealed an emphatic 6-2 victory over Leicester City, and the north London side took control of the game once they went from two down the middle to three.
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Of course, the Tottenham faithful are dreaming of a similar scoreline against their arch-rivals, and fans have called on Spurs boss Antonio Conte to stick to the formation they found themselves in against the Foxes which has worked so well for them.
And when it comes to naming his team, that means the Italian has a lot of thinking to do.
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris and defender Ben Davies were injured before last week’s international break, which saw them miss their games with France and Wales respectively.
However, if the Frenchman is fit, he is nailed to be picked to go between the sticks against the Gunners.
Meanwhile, Conte is likely to stay with ‘really important’ Eric Dier, who has returned to international duty with England, in the middle of his back line.
Hopefully the Three Lions defender’s time with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has helped him learn how to deal with Gunners star Cristian Romero and Clement Lenglet standing either side of him.
Ivan Perisic, despite a brief injury scare on international duty – caused by team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – is set to start at left-back with his three assists putting him ahead of Ryan Sessegnon.
Meanwhile, at right-back Emerson Royal could be reinstated in the starting XI after impressing when he came on as a substitute against the Foxes and offered more defensively in that side than Dejan Kulusevski, who is a doubt of injury for the derby.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Hojbjerg have been central to Spurs’ midfield for most games.
But if Conte opts for three in the middle, it’s likely Yves Bissouma will also start after his cameo last time out as Spurs look to break possession of Arsenal, although Oliver Skipp now has minutes under his belt with England Under 21.
That leaves Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son in the lead, with the latter more than earning a start after his second-half hat-trick after coming on as a substitute against Leicester.
With Richarlison out despite a strong midweek display for Brazil, and Kulusevski possibly fit enough for the bench, there could also be some firepower in reserve as Spurs look to claim victory and overtake their rivals in the table.
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