EFL Carabao Cup 2018-19, Arsenal vs Tottenham Preview: Less than a month since Arsenal’s thumping 4-2 victory against Tottenham Hotspurs, the arch-derby rivals are set to take to the field once again at the Emirates Stadium in London on Wednesday late night in a Carabao Cup fixture. Harry Kane and company will be eyeing redemption when they take on the Gunners in an anticipated North-London derby fixture.
However, it is the Mauricio Pochettino side who have the upper edge in the Premier League on the third position, while new Arsenal manager Unai Emery has led his side to the fifth position so far. With more than half of the season to go, tides could turn to anyone’s favour in the league but tonight at the EFL cup match, both teams will have just one chance as it is a knock-out format- the team that loses the match will face exit from the tournament.
Arsenal’s stellar 22-game unbeaten run came to an end against the lowly Southampton and the Unai Emery-led side will look to get back with a win against their biggest rivals. The club will be aiming for their first trophy under the reign of the new manager, whereas, Tottenham Hotspurs will be aiming for their first silverware in over a decade.
Here are the five Spurs players you need to watch out for in the Arsenal vs Tottenham Carabao Cup fixture:
Harry Kane: The centre-forward is one of the most clinical strikers not just in the league but in the world. Kane has won the ‘Golden Boot’ on several occasions including the FIFA World Cup 2018 Golden Boot. He is a talismanic figure for the Spurs and an out-and-out goalscorer.
Christian Eriksen: The Danish international has been Spurs’midfield maestro for several years now and provides his team with a creative edge. Eriksen is one of the best playmakers in the league and can tear defences apart with his passes and free-kicks.
Son Heung-Min: The South Korean is one of Spurs best players and always contributes very effectively for his team. His pace, dribbling skills, and clinical shooting ability makes him a deadly winger for opposition defences.
Eric Dier: The England international orchestrates the midfield for Tottenham and plays the role of what they call a ‘Midfield General’. He has been crucial for both country and club and his physicality aspect gives the Spurs a bite in their midfield.
Hugo Lloris: The World Cup-winning captain is one of the finest goalkeepers in the world and has stepped up on big occasions for both club and country. With Arsenal’s deadly attack in Aubameyang and Lacazette, Lloris heroics could play a remarkable role in keeping them at bay. He a leader and captains both club and country.
Recent form (all competitions):
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Head To Head:
This fixture will mark the 184th meeting between the two North London sides. Arsenal has had the upper edge in the head to head encounters with 77 wins, whereas Tottenham has 20 less at 57.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Cech; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Ramsey; Lacazette.
Tottenham possible starting lineup:
Vorm; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies; Winks, Skipp; Son, Alli, Lucas; Kane.