Tottenham vs Arsenal preview: David Ospina given chance to shine as Spurs aim for north London derby plaudits

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane

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It’s a big game for…

David Ospina: The lengthy absence of ever-present goalkeeper Petr Cech through a calf injury presents his understudy with an opportunity to prove his credentials in the most significant derby in recent history. Ospina has suffered heavy criticism from Arsenal fans but an inspiring performance against their bitter north London rivals would earn the Columbian instant redemption.

Best stat:

Tottenham last finished above Arsenal in the 1994/95 season when the two clubs finished 7th and 12th respectively.

Remember when…

In October 2008 Aaron Lennon’s injury-time equaliser capped a stunning fightback from Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham to earn a point in a 4-4 thriller.

Player to watch…

Dele Alli: It is no coincidence that Tottenham offered a limited attacking threat for 60 minutes at Upton Park while their young talisman nursed an ankle injury on the bench. His timely return could give Spurs a slight advantage in what is set to be close fought encounter.

Last three meetings:

Arsenal 1 (Gibbs) Tottenham 1 (Kane), Premier League, November 2015

Tottenham 1 (Chambers OG) Arsenal 2 (Flamini 2), League Cup, September 2015

Tottenham 2 (Kane 2) Arsenal 1 (Ozil), Premier League, February 2015

Form guide:

Tottenham: WDLWWL

Arsenal: WWDLLL

Vital information:

Kick-off time: 12:45

TV: BT Sports 1 12:45 and highlights on BBC 1 MOTD at 22:30