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Footytubeblog (Blog) 1 year ago
Tottenham v Arsenal
Tottenham's Harry Kane is the form striker of the Premier League at the moment and Arsenal are about to find out why.

The England Under-21 international boosted his goal tally for the season to 20 - 10 of which have come in the league - with a brace in last weekend's 3-0 romp at West Brom and in the process increased calls for him to be awarded a senior cap.

At the start of the season Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino mainly used the 21-year-old in his Europa League side, but he responded so well - scoring twice against AEL Limassol and grabbing a hat-trick against Asteras Tripoli - that the Argentinian was forced to consider him for the Premier League.

Since coming on as a second-half substitute and snatching a 90th minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in November, Kane has not looked back.

Promoted to the starting line-up at Hull, he netted the first goal in Spurs' 2-1 success and then produced probably the best performance of his career with a double in Tottenham's 5-3 rout of leaders Chelsea last month.

Then came those two goals at the Hawthorns last weekend and Kane has since been rewarded with a new five-and-a-half year contract.

Pochettino is not one to allow fame to go to Kane's head, though, and immediately after his double last weekend he challenged the striker to aim for 30 goals this season.

With in-form Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen providing the bullets for Kane to fire, that total seems well within his compass and the Arsenal defence - boosted by the signing of Brazilian Gabriel from Villarreal last week - will need to be on their guard to stop him.

They did not face the youngster in the clubs' first league encounter this season in September - which ended in a 1-1 draw - so that is bound to work in his favour.

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Everton v Liverpool
The Everton and Liverpool defences look certain to come under fierce attack in Saturday's derby at Goodison, judging by past and current statistics for shots on goal.

The Merseyside rivals both average more than 11 per game this season in the Premier League, with Liverpool totalling 15.9 and Everton 13.

In fact, in their last six fixtures Everton have only twice failed to hit the 11 mark and Liverpool just once, with the Reds three times notching 21.

One of those occasions was last weekend, when they coasted to a 2-0 win over West Ham at Anfield, which was their fifth victory in their last six Premier League games.

Everton also passed the 11 mark in their 1-0 success at Crystal Palace last Saturday with 14 shots on goal as they lifted the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez after a run of eight matches without a win in all competitions.
Recent history in the Merseyside derby also points to a difficult evening for defences in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday.

Altogether there were 35 shots on goal in the clubs' first encounter of the season at Anfield, which ended in a 1-1 draw, while last term the figures were 39 for Liverpool's 4-0 romp at Anfield and 29 for the thrilling 3-3 draw at Goodison.

Daniel Sturridge grabbed a late equaliser in that Goodison match and he is again likely to feature on Saturday after making a goalscoring return off the substitutes' bench against West Ham following his injury troubles, which had sidelined him since August.

Liverpool are now a much more potent side in front of goal after their early-season wobbles and Everton will hope to have improved their creativity as well with the deadline-day loan signing of pacey winger Aaron Lennon from Tottenham this week.

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