Tottenham v Arsenal

20 September 2010 12:22
Tottenham will be without defenders Vedran Corluka, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Ledley King.Manager Harry Redknapp has said that the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Wilson Palacios, Roman Pavyluchenko and new signing Sandro will all start. [LNB]Despite playing their rivals, Arsenal will not abandon their policy of blooding youngsters in the League Cup. [LNB]However, due to an injury crisis upfront, Arsene Wenger may be forced to play first-teamer Marouane Chamakh. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW When these two bitter North London rivals clash in the League Cup it is normally at the semi-final stage, and they have enjoyed some famous last-four tussles over the years. [LNB] Arsenal emerged victorious in 1987 after a thrilling trilogy of games. The Gunners looked down and out in the second leg at White Hart Lane, but riled by a half-time tannoy announcement telling Spurs fans how to get their tickets for Wembley, they rallied and forced a third game which they dramatically won in the final seconds. [LNB] The two clubs recently met in the semis in consecutive seasons. Arsenal prevailed again in 2007, before Tottenham pulled off one of their finest-ever results by winning the second leg 5-1 in 2008. [LNB] This atmosphere will be white hot as ever, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will stay true to his beliefs of picking inexperienced youngsters in the League Cup, meaning Tottenham will for once enter this fixture in the unfamiliar territory as favourites. [LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• This will be the seventh meeting between the sides in the League Cup. Four of the six previous encounters have come at the semi-final stage. [LNB]• Arsenal have emerged victorious in four of those ties and Tottenham twice. The most recent meeting came in a two-legged semi-final in 2008. Tottenham famously won the second leg 5-1 at White Hart Lane. [LNB]• These North London rivals have met 163 times competitively. Tottenham have won 51, Arsenal 68, with 44 drawn. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on the game Tottenham[LNB]• The four-time winners and three-time runners-up have only gone out before the quarter-final stage once in the last seven seasons. [LNB]• They are looking for a place in the final for the third time in four years. [LNB]• Last season's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the last eight was their first loss after 90 minutes in 21 League Cup outings. [LNB]Arsenal[LNB]• The 1987 and 1993 winners have successfully negotiated the third-round stage in eight of the last nine seasons. [LNB]• The Gunners, who have also been runners-up four times, have reached at least the quarter-finals in each of the last seven attempts. [LNB]• They have played exactly 200 ties in this competition, winning 112, drawing 44 and losing 44.

Source: BBC_Sport