The North London derby rivalry continues as Arsenal and Tottenham meet for the second time in the space of three weeks, this time in the Carabao Cup Quarter-finals.
Arsenal vs Tottenham – Carabao Cup 2018/19
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Venue: Emirates stadium
Kick-off: 7:45 PM BST
TV channel: Sky Sports (UK)
Tottenham will go all out for revenge after their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League earlier this month. Spurs had a great last week when they qualified for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages after a hard fought draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. In the weekend, Spurs left it late against Burnley when Christian Eriksen broke the deadlock at the 91st minute to give them the lead and avoided dropping crucial points in the league.
Meanwhile, Arsenal had their 22-game unbeaten run ended after a shocking 3-2 defeat to Southampton. Arsenal’s unbeaten run included an impressive 17 wins and 5 draws which lasted for a period of almost 4 months from 25th of August to 15 December. The Gunners, however, qualified for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 after a 1-0 victory over Qarabag in midweek.
Though Arsenal and Tottenham might have might have bigger trophies in their sights, the Carabao Cup gives an opportunity to lift some silverware as the competition for top honors becomes even fierce among England’s elite sides.
Spurs are on course for their first silverware since 2008, where they won the League Cup, while Arsenal are looking for their first piece of silverware post-wenger era.
Team News :
The Gunners face an injury crisis in their defensive line as Hector Bellerin suffered a calf injury against Southampton which could see him out for weeks, he joins the sidelines along with Rob Holding (knee) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin).
Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac will undergo late fitness tests to be fit for the game.
Danny Welbeck and Emile Smith Rowe also miss out with ankle and hip injuries respectively.
Spurs are without Eric Dier, who is recovering after an appendix surgery.
Jan Vertonghen (thigh), Mousa Dembele (ankle) and Victor Wanyama (knee) miss out while Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier are doubtful for the game.
Head to Head
Arsenal and Tottenham have met 183 times in all competitions, with Arsenal being victorious 77 times. Spurs have won 57 times and both teams sharing points on 49 occasions.
The last time both sides met, was in the Premier League on 2nd December, which resulted in a 4-2 win for the Gunners.
This match will see Arsenal vs Tottenham become the joint-most played fixture in League Cup history for (14 times, level with Arsenal vs Liverpool).
Arsenal have won seven of their previous 13 League Cup meetings with Tottenham (D3 L3), including the most recent two (2010-11 and 2015-16).
Arsenal are looking to reach the league Cup semi-finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since a run of three between 2005-06 and 2007-08.
Tottenham are looking to reach the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2014-15, when they eventually lost the final against Chelsea.
Stats that matter
Heading into this fixture, let’s have a look at the goal involvement of the top players of both sides so far:
When we compare the strikers of both sides, PE Aubameyang has a better GI than Harry Kane despite Kane playing more minutes. Auba has scored 10 goals and assisted 3 goals, while Kane has scored 9 goals and assisted 3 goals this season. Out of these, Aubameyang has scored only 1 goal through penalties while Kane has scored 3 goals through penalties. While both players are on penalty duty for their respective teams, it increases their chances of scoring. An important stat to note here is that, when Arsenal faced Spurs earlier this month, both Harry Kane and PE Aubameyang had scored through penalties.
Son Heung-Min, who has a GI of 0.67 has stepped up in recent games and has scored 3 goals and assisted 1 goal in his last 5 EPL games.
Arsenal won 1-0 in midweek against Qarabag in the Europa League while in the weekend they were defeated 3-2 by Southampton, which ended their 22-game unbeaten run.
Arsenal last 5 matches (in all competitions): WDWWL
Tottenham drew 1-1 against Barcelona in midweek and made it to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League while in the weekend they won 1-0 against Burnley, courtesy of a late Christian Eriksen winner.
Tottenham last 5 matches (in all competitions): LWWDW