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Arsenal vs Tottenham - Match Preview

19 Dec 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: EFL Cup

Arsenal FC

  • W
  • D
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  • W
  • L


19:45 GMT
19 December 2018

Tottenham Hotspur

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

19:45 GMT 19 December 2018

With Christmas less than a week away, the final two Carabao Cup semi-finalists need to be decided after Burton Albion and Manchester City both booked their places in the last four on Tuesday. It’s a North London Derby on Wednesday evening as Arsenal host Tottenham.


  • Arsenal may only be 5th in the Premier League at the moment but they are a new side under Unai Emery. They were beaten 3-2 by Southampton last time out but that ended an impressive 22-match unbeaten run across all competitions. They have already seen off Brentford and Blackpool to get this far.
  • Tottenham are enjoying another good season this term as they edge closer to moving into their new home. They are currently 3rd in the Premier League with just six points separating them from Liverpool at the top of the table. They’ve beaten Watford (on penalties) and West Ham so far in the Carabao Cup.
  • Unsurprisingly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading scorer this term with 12 goals. Alexandre Lacazette follows with eight so far.
  • Something even more unsurprising is that Harry Kane is Spurs’ top goalscorer at this stage of the campaign with an incredible 13 goals.


It’s very hard to split these two North London clubs recently as each side has won two of the last six meetings along with two draws. However, Tottenham have won just one of the last nine League Cup fixtures between the teams with Arsenal coming out on top in six of those. The Gunners claimed bragging rights the last time they both met as they came from behind to beat their arch rivals 4-2 at the Emirates earlier this month.


Emery will be desperate to pick up his first piece of silverware with Arsenal after his summer arrival and has a great chance in the Carabao Cup. He will be without Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck whilst Sead Kolasinac faces a late fitness test.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

16.12.2018 Prem Southampton FC Arsenal FC 3:2 L
13.12.2018 UEFA Arsenal FC Qarabag FK 1:0 W
08.12.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Huddersfield Town 1:0 W
05.12.2018 Prem Manchester United Arsenal FC 2:2 D
02.12.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Tottenham Hotspur 4:2 W


Mauricio Pochettino has been judged on his inability to win anything at Spurs so he’ll be hoping to bring this trophy into the trophy cabinet at the new White Hart Lane. Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele will all miss out as Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier are all doubts for the clash.

Latest matches: Tottenham Hotspur

15.12.2018 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Burnley FC 1:0 W
11.12.2018 UEFA FC Barcelona Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 D
08.12.2018 Prem Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur 0:2 W
05.12.2018 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Southampton FC 3:1 W
02.12.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Tottenham Hotspur 4:2 L


There have been some cracking matches between these two sides in recent years and this one has every chance of following the pattern. Arsenal will fancy their chances with home advantage which is the only thing that makes them slight favourites against an in-form Tottenham side. I would expect both teams to score and over 2.5 goals to be scored in the match as happened when they met two and a half weeks ago.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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