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Tottenham v Arsenal: Predicted XIs

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Sunday has the potential to be arguably the most keenly-anticipated day of football that the Premier League has seen in months, with two fierce derby matches set to take place including the North London clash between Tottenham and Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

It has been an immensely difficult week for the hosts, with manager Tim Sherwood expressing his unhappiness with his players after watching them receive another heavy beating at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.

His week was soon to get worse, however, with Tottenham facing elimination from the Europa League after Benfica recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Lane last night.

It was not just the result that riled Sherwood on this occasion either, with the former England midfielder visibly displeased at some rather bizarre celebrating from visiting boss Jorge Jesus.

In terms of team news for Tottenham ahead of their second fixture in four days, Sherwood could bring back the rested Mousa Dembele and will have Younes Kaboul available after his red card in that aforementioned defeat to Chelsea rescinded on appeal.

Who to partner him with may be a bit of a conundrum, however, with Michael Dawson joining Romanian Vlad Chiriches on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Etienne Capoue and record-signing Erik Lamela will also not feature.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have endured somewhat of a mixed week. While everything started brightly after Arsene Wenger's men secured a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a hugely entertaining 4-1 win over Everton at the Emriates Stadium, the mood soon darkened somewhat after they exited the Champions League after a 1-1 draw away to reigning European champions Bayern Munich in Bavaria.

Although such an outcome wasn't unexpected, the news that German playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to miss up to six weeks with a hamstring injury picked up at the Allianz Arena is a major blow at such a critical stage of the campaign.

For Arsenal, obviously Wenger will unable to call on Ozil and also looks set to be without Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs once more.

Jack Wilshere is a definite no with the foot injury he sustained during England's friendly win over Denmark last week while fellow long-term absentees Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby remain unavailable.

Wenger could well be boosted by the returns of Nacho Monreal and Yaya Sangogo, however, with the pair expected to recover sufficiently from respective knocks.

Arsenal could also hand a debut to Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom, with the January arrival available after a back problem.

So without further ado folks, here are our predicted lineups for the game...

Tottenham predicted XI to face Arsenal:

Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Bentaleb; Paulinho, Eriksen, Lennon; Adebayor.

Arsenal predicted XI to face Tottenham:

Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Arteta, Flamini; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud.

Agree, Arsenal and Tottenham fans? Why don't you leave your own predicted lineups in the comment box provided below...

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