Spurs and Arsenal – Who Will Gain North London Dominance?
Spurs and Arsenal - The Race To Second Place
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With 2 points and 1 league place separating Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as we head in to game week 38 there is more than just league places and a safer passage to the Champions League (group stages) at stake for these two North London clubs. The bitter rivalry that is steeped in history between these two clubs should be a source of great motivation for these two Premier League stalwarts and it should make for an interesting finale to an extraordinary season.
As we head in to the final day of the season on Sunday the Championship has already been sealed by Leicester so it is the mini-battles in the rest of the league that will create the excitement. Sunderland could of course relegate Newcastle and Norwich City on Wednesday evening if they beat Everton, but anything less will mean that Newcastle have plenty of motivation to beat a Spurs side who only need a point to secure second spot in the league – something that they will achieve with a significantly better goal difference than Arsenal if they are level on points.
The battle for fourth will of course continue although Man City had the hugest of let offs as West Ham came from behind to shock their City neighbours and although the Hammers could finish level on points with City in fourth spot, goal difference will prevent them from qualifying for the Champions League if United and City were to lose this weekend.
So depending on the results of Thursday night, the big focus will likely be on positions 2 to 5 in the league and Arsenal will be thinking they have an excellent chance to usurp Spurs to claim second place. Nothing but victory will be enough for the Gunners and they will also need to have one eye behind them as they could finish in fourth if they were to lose at home to Villa at the Emirates. That seems hard to believe but Arsenal have been shocking in front of their own fans at times this season – still, there is enough motivation to think they will destroy Aston Villa and band a final nail in their Premier League coffin.
The Spurs game really revolves around what happens in the Sunderland game on Wednesday and if Sunderland fail to beat Everton the game for Spurs will become incredibly difficult. Rafa Benitez’s appointment seems like it came two weeks too late but he could yet pull off a miracle recovery – although it seems unlikely with Sunderland’s extra game against an Everton side that have been very poor.
The short and long of it from an FPL point of view is that the North London winner will probably return the most points on Sunday. Arsenal should be a given anyway and you should be stocking up on their players and probably opting for them as captain choices – Sanchez or Giroud being the obvious choices.
If Newcastle have already been relegated by the time you read this article then Spurs could go their and bag a few themselves… those managers that have ditched Harry Kane might want to think again and he could be a key player for GW38. Watch out though, if Newcastle have a chance to win to save their season and this game becomes incredibly difficult for Spurs and I’d advise you to look elsewhere.
It promises to be a very exciting final day of the season, let’s just hope we are all celebrating with maximum points to sign off our season’s in style. Make sure you check in later this week for our captain picks and the final podcast of the season.