It's the match most Tottenham and Arsenal fans look for first when the fixtures are revealed — the first North London Derby of the season. And it's come early this year.
Just six games into the new Premier League season, the fierce north London rivals will face off against each other at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with early season bragging rights up for grabs. Not only that, but both teams have started the season with similar results, with the two teams locked on 13 points from a possible 15, sitting second and fourth in the table, with only Manchester City holding a 100 per cent record thus far.
A bit of daylight between the two rivals this early in the campaign is up for grabs with three points on offer at the Emirates Stadium this weekend. And unbeaten starts to the campaign are also on the line.
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At this stage of the season, dropped points can see you plummet down the table. Things are not won in September, but things can certainly be lost — just ask Manchester United and Chelsea, who are already nine and ten points respectively off the pace.
Spurs go into the derby in fine fettle and in an upbeat mood, given the nature of their most recent victory — a 2-1 comeback win over newly promoted Sheffield United. Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski scored in the 98th and 100th minutes respectively to hand Spurs all three points at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday and ensure their unbeaten start to the season remained intact.
It will be head coach Ange Postecoglou's first taste of a North London Derby, although, given his background, he will be used to the cauldron of noise that awaits, after being part of eight OldRead on football.london