Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Arsenal: Key player starts

PREVIEW By Coral Barry

Moussa Dembele is expected to return for Tottenham against Arsenal in the most anticipated London derby in years.

Both sides are challenging for the Premier League title but each of them suffered defeats in their last league games, with Tottenham losing 1-0 to West Ham and Arsenal falling 2-1 to Swansea.

Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has been without his combative midfielder for two weeks as Dembele struggled with a groin problem.

In that time Tottenham have risen and fallen with their defeat to the Hammers meaning they missed the chance to go top of the league in March for the first time since 1964.

Pochettino will be without long-term absentee Jan Vertonghen so Kevin Wimmer should continue at centre-back with Toby Alderweireld.

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Sorely missed: Alli could only manage 30 minutes against West Ham

Dele Alli was used as a substitute against West Ham after a slight knock forced him out of the starting eleven and his presence was sorely missed by Spurs as West Ham bullied them across the pitch.

The youngster is expected to start for the London showdown and will hope to add to his seven league goals against Arsenal.

Tottenham are three points behind leaders Leicester and Pochettino will be expecting an immediate response after West Ham ended their run of six league wins on the bounce.

Tottenham (possible): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.