Tottenham vs Arsenal: Predicted Line-ups For The Big NLD

By on March 1, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur welcome rivals Arsenal to White Hart Lane on Sunday for a crucial North London Derby and we’ve predicted the two teams for the game.

Spurs Team

Spurs have relatively few injury concerns heading into the game with only long-term injury concerns Sandro and Younes Kaboul missing. Andre Villas-Boas confirmed on Friday at his press conference that Jermain Defoe is winning his fitness fight so is likely to start ahead of former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor.

The biggest decision AVB has is who to play at centre-back. Michael Dawson has been superb in recent weeks and is favourite to partner Jan Vertonghen. Although some have suggested the Belgian may be shifted out to left-back to deal with the threat of Theo Walcott, with Steven Caulkner starting in the middle.

I can see Lewis Holtby being given the nod ahead of Clint Dempsey in the attacking midfield role while the rest of the team pretty much picks itself.

Arsenal Team

Arsene Wenger will be without Bacary Sagna for the game meaning young Carl Jenkinson will start at right back. Like his counter-part, Wenger has a decision to make at centre-back. I can see the Frenchman sticking with Per Mertesacker, which I think will be a mistake, especially if Defoe starts.

The other big decision is who comes in for Diaby with the lanky French midfielder a doubt for the game. Wenger may opt to go with the energy of Aaron Ramsey in the middle and keep Jack Wilshere in an advanced role with Cazorla on the left.

Here’s my predicted line-ups for the two teams:

football formations

What do you think the teams will be? Leave your suggestions below….

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18 Comments

  1. awoniyi tejumola jerry

    March 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    It good like this
    Love you gunner

  2. Greg

    March 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Podolski has to start end of story

    • Luke

      March 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      100% he and jack have become the heart and soul of this team

  3. atid

    March 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    i would like to see us 4312 again, with kos coming in if defoe plays. cazorla given a free role behind the smaller more nimble pairing of walcott and pod

    szcesney
    jenkinson koscielny vermaelen monreal
    wilshire arteta ramsey
    cazorla
    walcott podolski

    bench: mannone mertesacker coquelin rosicky giroud gervinho diaby or chamberlain

    • Reggie

      March 2, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Wilshere mate, not Wilshire!

  4. Lewis

    March 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    If defoe is fit to ply,dont use mertasaka for him due to his pace,instead use kosieny,start wit podi,let santi make it to d miidle along wit wil

  5. K. Thompson

    March 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    4-4-2:
    Szes,
    Jenk, Per, Verm, Nacho
    Theo, Carzo, Rosicky, Poldoski
    Giroud, Jack.

    Subs: Manone, Coquelin, Arteta, Kos, Ramsey, Gervinho, Gnabry.

  6. John

    March 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Ade has to keep his place as he is getting better every game and the timing could not be better to start scoring!also! Avb will not drop him anyhow as i believe he is a good man manager.its going to be a cracker thats for sure. Come on the spurs.hope because we finally have a world class goalkeeper 10 to 15 pts a season so i think we will finally get them in this game.top four still hoping.

  7. Goonerholic

    March 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    About tot’ham I don’t care whoever plays, even if AVB wants to play he can.
    However, major concern are the out of form Gunners who are away to Spurs in a crucial derby of which a win would mean that Arsenal should get atleast top 3 in the league. Now, Arsenal should not let Diaby start. First, he is injured, Second, he is out of form no doubt, Third, he is slow. From my opinion I think Rosicky should start against spurs, and unsurprisingly Arshavin should atleast be on the bench. Nevertheless here is what I expect Wenger to do;
    Szczezny
    Jenkinson Vermaelen Mertesacker Monreal

    Arteta
    Wilshere Ramsey

    Walcott Giroud Cazorla

    I wanted Podolski and Rosicky to start, but then, they are super subs along with oxlade chamberlain. Arsenal really have to work hard enough to beat Tot’ham as they look good on paper.
    Man to watch: Gareth Bale(tot’ham) has been on splendid form,making it even better after a last minute wonder goal to extend the point gap between 3-4th position.
    Predicted score: 3-2
    To be fair enough, I hate tot’ham but what I look at this game from an angel it seems like it is going to be very close and spurs would get a winner from nowhere, Arsenal woes will continue once again after week full of defeats.
    Reuters.

  8. Goonerholic

    March 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Tot’hams midfield is way to stronger than the Arsenal midfield, apart from jack and Arteta, they are better.
    Something else I thought of, Jenkinson should be really careful because the referee is Mark Clattenburg. Bale will be facing Jenkinson, I wonder, if Sunderland winter was giving Jenkinson a tough task, then what about Bale? I can sadly say, Sagna is a major loss for Sundays game. If Arsenal get to three goals down in the first half, then they should be prepared for the worst defeat of the season. I just wish it happens the opposite way, but Tot’ham have got Lloris, he’s pretty good.
    Anyway, see you all on Sunday folks.

  9. Uzoma timothy

    March 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I prefer ramsey playing on the right wide area so that he can use his marking strenght to assist jenkinson in handling skillful and pacy bale and cazorla starting on the left wide area. Wilshere and arteta playing in the hole with rosicky playing behind walcot upfront. At the back, mertesacker should start as he can use his intelligent positioning sense to handle defoe and koscielny will brind the mobility required at the heart of the defence to deal with bales runs and dangerous crosses..Then, Captain TV5 will be deployed to the left full back as he is more experienced than monreal in dealing with pacy drivers likes lenon and bale incase they they choose to interchange wings from time to time…good luck gunners!

  10. Raymond

    March 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I feel wenger has d decision 2 mk bcos he has been doin it wel yrs bck. Bt i ask wat happened 2 rosicky? Cnt he strt arsene wenger

  11. ONE SWEET LEFT

    March 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

    This is how I’d like to see Arsenal line up on Sunday…

    —-LP TW
    NM JW TR SC AOC
    —TV PM LK
    ——WS

    … but Arsenal will play with a back four for sure. I’d say Bale will play through the middle for spurs.

  12. James

    March 2, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Think about it where would spurs be without bales last minute winners, solo goals etc… There a one man team without bale there a Europa league side. Simple. If bale has an off day Arsenal win. COYG

  13. shankaran

    March 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

    how abt this fomation…

    szny

    jenknsn koslny vermalen mnrl

    ramsey arteta cazorla

    wilshre

    walcott podolski

    on bench: o.giroud,ox,rosicky,…etc…

  14. Gunner boy

    March 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    My formation is conquelin,kosc,verm,nacho….arteta,jack,santi…walcot,poldi and gervinho……I think we need santi more in d middle,gervinho’s penetration in attack wud also b very useful(he’s d only 1 at arsenal who can alwayz do that).conquelin ahead of jenkison cause bale betters jenko for speed and power,so we need a sideback who’s got intelligence like conq…and he think he waz great last season against spurs

  15. mohd

    March 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Ramsey= lose

  16. John

    March 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    All wrong guys give it up

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