Four Tottenham Hotspur stars are set to face late fitness tests ahead of the north London derby with Arsenal this weekend according to BBC Sport, as Mauricio Pochettino prepares his side for the short 10-mile trip to the Emirates Stadium.
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The Argentine is looking for his 100th win as Spurs manager this weekend as the Lilywhites take on their fiercest rivals, a fixture he has not lost in the English top flight while at White Hart Lane, however will be sweating on his key quartet’s availability come lunchtime.
Prolific Tottenham talisman Harry Kane will face a late assessment after missing England international duty last week with a knee injury, and will be joined by Dele All (hamstring), Harry Winks (ankle) and Hugo Lloris (groin) who will all also be judged fit to play at the 11th hour.
Pochettino could potentially also be faced with deploying third-choice custodian Paulo Gazzaniga, as he did during the Spurs win over Crystal Palace before the November break, with back up goalkeeper Michel Vorm (knee) going into the Arsenal clash with some doubt surrounding his fitness.
Elsewhere, Spurs will definitely be without Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama, who remain sidelined with hamstring and knee problems respectively, while Erik Lamela currently continues his rehabilitation following a long-standing hip issue and is expected to sit out the clash.
However, the white half of north London go into Saturday lunchtime’s mouth watering grudge match high in belief, having not been defeated by the Gunners in their last six meetings (D4 W2).
But Tottenham have not won at the home of their bitter inter-city rivals since their dramatic 3-2 victory at the Emirates Stadium in November 2010, just one of two away victories over Saturday’s opposition in their last 32 attempts – with the other coming in 1993.
But if previous meetings are anything to go by in the north London derby, goals are to be expected, with the clash the sixth highest scoring contest in Premier League history.
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