It’s the biggest north London derby in years as Tottenham host Arsenal in a potentially decisive clash in the race for Champions League football.
The Gunners make the short trip to face their rivals with a four-point cushion going into the final three games of the season, meaning they will still be in fourth whatever happens tonight.
But Mikel Arteta and his side know that victory would seal a top-four spot and book their return to Europe’s top table for the first time since the 2016/17 season.
For Tottenham, victory is really a necessity. Antonio Conte’s side were impressive at Anfield in their last match to earn a point, and will have a raucous home crowd behind them as they look to close the gap to the Gunners.
A win for Spurs tonight would mean they could be two points clear in fourth place by the time Arsenal travel to face Newcastle on Monday night, in what looks to be a tricky fixture.
With Simon Collings and Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…
Tottenham, four points adrift of their rivals in fifth with three games to go, simply have to win and certainly boast the attacking talent to cause Arsenal real problems.
Still, as strong as Spurs are at home under Conte, Arsenal have learned how to grind results out. With the Gunners potentially matching Tottenham up with a back three and knowing a point would be a good result, it could be a tight affair.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal could be without both Ben White and Bukayo Saka for tonight’s clash.
England centre-back White missed the wins over West Ham and Leeds with a hamstring issue, while Saka was substituted against the latter on Sunday after suffering a knock.
Both are in a race against time to be fit for a crunch meeting with rivals Spurs in the race for Champions League qualification.
“Thomas [Partey] is still out, Kieran [Tierney] is still out and with Ben he is still a doubt, we have to assess him and see how he is feeling, which is much better,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told reporters on Wednesday. “With Bukayo, it’s the same.”
Predicted Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel; Tomiyasu, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Nketiah
Tottenham team news
Tottenham could be without Sergio Reguilon for the rest of the season due to a groin problem, with Antonio Conte complaining about having just 15 senior players available for the season’s run-in. Oliver Skipp remains injured along with Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty.
Largely, the Italian’s first-choice starting XI picks itself with little in the way of surprise changes expected as things stand. Luckily for him, there are no fresh injury concerns.
Conte xwill be wary of fatigue though after a gruelling 90 minutes against Liverpool and with Sunday’s match against Burnley a 12pm kick-off.
Predicted Tottenham XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Kulusevski, Son, Kane.
How to watch Tottenham vs Arsenal
TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s contest will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action right here with us! Simon Collings and Dan Kilpatrick will be providing expert analysis from the ground.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Tottenham vs Arsenal!
It’s an absolutely huge night in north London, with the derby potentially bringing an end to the race for Champions League football.
Arsenal can seal their place in the top-four with victory tonight, but Spurs would move to within a point of the Gunners should they get the job done.
We’ll have all the latest build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 7:45pm from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.