Sunday, January 6, 2008

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Carling Cup Semi Final: Preview and Live Score

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Premiership leader Arsenal is going to face their arch rival Tottenham Hotspur in the semi final match of the Carling Cup on Wednesday. This is the first leg match and Arsenal will have the home advantage as the match will be held at the Emirates Stadium. However, it will not be a problem for same city club Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal has been in their prime form this season whereas Tottenham Hotspur is struggling in the premier league.

Arsenal now leads the league point table with 50 points and they have lost only one match so far this season. So, they are now in the title race. However, the situation is different for Tottenham Hotspur. With 24 points, the club now stands 12th in the league point table. Though the club has some quality players, Tottenham Hotsput is going though a tough time in the league.

Moreover, Tottenham Hotspur has lost to their same city rivals Arsenal in both home and away matches this season. Surprisingly, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur faced each other in the semi final of Carling Cup last season as well. However, Tottenham Hotspur could not progress in the final being defeated to Arsenal, who lost to the eventual champion Chelsea in the final. Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda has said that they will have learnt from their mistake and he thinks that this will be different this time. He eyes to defeat Arsenal at the Emirates stadium to become the first team to win at the Arsenal home ground this season.

Carlingcup reported:

Arsenal knocked Tottenham out of the semi-finals last year and defender Pascal Chimbonda says the Spurs players will be gunning for revenge.

"It hurt us a lot to lose to them last season," he said. "We were winning 2-0 at home in the first leg and they got it back to 2-2 and we ended up losing the second leg.

"But we have learned from what happened and it will be different this time. We can win the trophy this season. We can achieve anything when we perform like we did against Manchester City.

"We would love to be the first team to beat Arsenal at the Emirates this season."

You have to put Arsenal ahead of Tottenham Hotspur considering their recent form as well. Arsenal won four out of last five premiership matches alongside a draw, whereas Tottenham Hotspur won three matches and lost the other two matches. The main problem of Tottenham Hotspur has been in their defense. They have conceded 38 goals in the premier league this season which is only second to Reading’s 44 conceding goals.

Arsenal has defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-2 in the quarter final and Tottenham Hotspur has projected a 2-0 victory over Manchester City to make it to the semi final. However, both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have FA Cup match before they face each other in the semi final match of the Carling Cup. Arsenal will play against Burnley, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Reading in their upcoming matches of FA Cup.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has indicated that he will rest William Gallas and Gael Clichy for the clash with Burnley on Sunday. So, it is expected that both of them will play against Tottenham Hotspur. Though Jens Lehmann will keep the goal bar against Burnley, he is not yet confirmed to make it to the starting line up against Tottenham Hotspur. However, the major concern of Arsenal for the Carling Cup match will be three of their African stars who are expected to catch the flight to their countries in order to take part in the African Nations Cup, starting from January 20. The players are Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Eboué and Alexandre Song. So, it is a big question if Arsenal can fill the gap of these key players. What is more, forward Robin van Persie will also miss the match against Tottenham Hotspur as he has not been fit enough to come back this week. So, it is clear that Arsenal will not have their full strength against Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur has two forwards in the list of highest goal scorer in premiership. Irish Robbie Keane and Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov have 10 and 8 premier league goals respectively so far this season. It is really very frustrating that Tottenham Hotspur is now in the 12th position in the league point table. I have mentioned earlier that their defense has been fragile this season and thus they have missed many points in the competition. Captain Ledley King is the one of the main strength of Totenham defense. So, he needs to come up with some impressive performances against Arsenal in the semi final match of Carling Cup.

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur: Online Live Score

Many of you will try to get the score of the match online being not able to stick to the television. So, considering your interest, I am giving some links of the websites from where you can get the updates score of the match:

Live Score


Footie Scorez


Well, this is going to be a crucial match. The two clubs have one of the most popular rivalries in the domestic football of England and that is why, wherever the London based clubs face each other, it becomes more than a match. So, the mere statistics have less impact on a Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur match. So, I hope to see a classic semi final between the two arch rivals in Carling Cup.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

arsenal will win!! 100%