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Spurs: Kilpatrick hints at early team news



Dan Kilpatrick has dropped a team news update ahead of the Premier League meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal this evening.

What’s the latest?

In a recent article for the Evening Standard, the Tottenham correspondent revealed that, unless Spurs were to pick up any fresh injuries before tonight’s north London derby, Antonio Conte will likely stick with the same starting XI that secured a valuable point at Anfield last weekend – despite the fact that a number of the Italian’s first-team squad will be suffering from fatigue.

In his piece, Kilpatrick wrote: “Tottenham are likely to stick with the same starting lineup as they battle Arsenal in a pivotal north London derby tonight. Only an injury between now and the derby would force Conte’s hand, although he will be wary of fatigue after a gruelling 90 minutes against Liverpool and with Sunday’s match against Burnley a 12pm kick-off.

“Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks can therefore be hopeful of minutes from the bench, although their chances of starting are remote. Sergio Reguilon (groin), Matt Doherty (knee), Japhet Tanganga (knee) and Oliver Skipp (pelvis) are all sidelined for the rest of the campaign. Spurs have no fresh injury concerns, however.”

Supporters will love Kilpatrick’s update

Considering just how important this evening’s clash with Arsenal is in the race to secure a top-four finish this season, the news that Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns, in addition to the suggestion that Conte is likely to stick with the same XI as the Liverpool fixture, is sure to be an update the Spurs faithful will love.

Are you confident of a result against Arsenal?

Indeed, despite coming in for criticism from Jurgen Klopp for their apparently defensive display at Anfield, it was actually the visitors who most looked as if they could go on to snatch all three points in Saturday’s meeting, with Tottenham creating one big chance compared to Liverpool’s zero, as well as both sides springing two counter-attacks and hitting the target with three shots.

As such, if Conte can get a similar performance from his side this evening – something that is certainly boosted by the fact the Italian is not having to deal with any fresh injuries – it would undoubtedly provide Spurs’ chances of taking all three points off of their north London rivals with a huge boost – with a win moving Tottenham to within one point of Mikel Arteta’s fourth-placed side with just two games left to play this season.

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