Premier League Preview: North London derby a must win for Spurs.

by SAM COX.

After maintaining their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw with Leicester, Tottenham face their hardest away fixture thus far this season.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed it was “two points dropped” after throwing away their lead to the champions last weekend.

They face fierce rivals Arsenal on Sunday, who dismantled Sunderland at the Stadium of Light 4-1 a week ago.

Both sides come into this game after playing mid-week Champions League group games-but with contrasting emotions.

Arsenal overturned a two goal deficit at Ludogorets Razgrad to qualify for the last 16, whereas Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Leverkusen at Wembley.

Last 5 Meetings

BPL 5/3/16: Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez pulls 10-man Arsenal level after Harry Kane made the match 2-1 with a sublime curling effort from outside the box.

BPL 8/11/15: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

Tottenham take the lead at the Emirates through Harry Kane but subsitute Kieran Gibbs rescues a point for the Gunners.

Capital One Cup 23/9/15: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal

Mathieu Flamini asserts himself as a cult-hero as he grabs an un-characteristic double to knock Spurs out of the cup. 

 

BPL 7/2/15: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

Harry Kane scores his first in the North London derby to turn the game around after Arsenal took the lead.

BPL 27/9/14: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalises for Arsenal after Nacer Chadli took the lead for Tottenham.    

Elsewhere, Man City re-found their groove against West Brom last weekend as they ended Pep Guardiola’s longest winless run of 6 games. City ran out 4-0 winners away at the Hawthorns with braces from Aguero and Gundogan.

 They host Middlesbrough this weekend. Aitor Karanka’s men grabbed their first home win of the season last Saturday against Bournemouth. A superb Gareth Bale-esc solo goal from Gaston Ramirez gave ‘Boro the lead. Stuart Downing then sealed all three points in the 52nd minute.

Man City will come into this game with an extra boost after their Champions League triumph against Barcelona. Pep Guardiola grabbed his first win against the Catalan giants since leaving them in 2012 as his City side also recorded their first win against them with a 3-1 home victory.

LAST 5 MEETINGS

FA Cup 24/1/15: Man City 0-2 Middlesbrough

Goals from Patrick Bamford and Kike caused an FA Cup upset as Championship ‘Boro knocked out Manuel Pellegrini’s Champions.

FA Cup 2/1/10: Middlesbrough 0-1 Man City

Benjani grabbed the only goal of the game as newly appointed City boss Roberto Mancini knocked out Gordon Strachan’s men

BPL 7/2/09: Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough

A masterclass from Shay Given in goal and a Craig Bellamy strike added more pressure on struggling ‘Boro boss Gareth Southgate.

BPL 29/10/08 Middlesbrough 2-0 Man City

Second half goals from Afonso Alves and Gary O’Neil secured Gareth Southgate’s side a win over Mark Hughes’ City.

BPL 11/5/08: Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City

Ah the days before Man City were the mega-rich European superpower we know today. Goals from Afonso Alves, Stewart Downing, Jeremy Aliadiere, Fabio Rochemback and Adam Johnson completed the rout that cost Sven Goren-Erikson his job. Elano did pull a consolation back for City but it was well and truly ‘Boro’s day.

OTHER FIXTURES

Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Chelsea vs Everton

West Ham vs Stoke City

Bournemouth vs Sunderland   

Liverpool vs Watford

Leicester City vs West Brom

Hull City vs Southampton

Swansea vs Man Utd

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