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Preview: Spurs vs Arsenal – latest team, injury news & predicted XI

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side head into tonight’s Premier League meeting with Arsenal knowing that, if they are to give themselves any chance of securing a top-four finish this season, they simply must defeat their north London rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Indeed, despite an impressive 1-1 draw at Liverpool last time out, Spurs currently sit four points behind Mikel Arteta’s side, with a victory seeing the Italian’s outfit move to within one point of the Gunners, while a defeat would confirm Arsenal’s spot in the Champions League in 2022/23.

As such, it is clear the 52-year-old simply must get his team selection spot on this evening, so, will Conte make any changes to the XI that lined up at Anfield on Saturday? Here’s how we at Football FanCast think the Tottenham team could look, as well as the latest team and injury news…

With Conte revealing in his pre-match press conference that Spurs have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this evening, and Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp all remaining sidelined, we predict that the Italian will make the bold call of selecting an unchanged XI from the Liverpool fixture.

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This means that, once again, Hugo Lloris starts between the Tottenham sticks, and Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero make up Conte’s three-man backline.

At wing-back, with Reguilon remaining sidelined, Ryan Sessegnon is handed another start on the left, while Emerson Royal retains his spot on the right.

In the middle of the park, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur make up the central midfield pairing, while Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski – who, alongside Bentancur, Sean Walsh claimed has “been huge” since joining the club in January – are once again given the nod behind Harry Kane, who leads the Tottenham line.

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Indeed, while this XI is undoubtedly Conte’s strongest lineup available at present, naming an unchanged side with the knowledge that Spurs face Burnley at midday on Sunday is certainly a big call as, at this stage of the season, injuries will be extremely easy to pick up considering the fatigue of each player – something that could well see the manager’s decision backfire over the run-in.

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