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North London derby could be played on penultimate Premier League week

The Premier League plan to reschedule the north London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for the penultimate week of the campaign, Daily Mail reports.

Spurs were due to host the Gunners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in mid-January, but the game was postponed after the latter did not have 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper available in their first-team squad amid coronavirus, injuries and African Cup of Nations duty.

There has since been a suspense over when the derby could be rearranged. Daily Mail now reports that the Premier League could reschedule the much-anticipated game for the week starting from May 9, considering there are no mid-week Champions League fixtures.

Sky Sports, who previously had the UK broadcasting rights, are expected to telecast the derby. Meanwhile, it has been claimed that broadcasters have also urged the Premier League to delay the game in recent weeks to attract as much as attention as possible.

It could be a potentially do-or-die Champions League decider for both clubs. Fans of rival clubs could also be eagerly watching the clash. Manchester United are scheduled to host Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 15 (if the Blues don’t make the FA Cup final).

Arsenal are presently favourites for the fourth spot, three points ahead of Tottenham and four ahead of United with a game in hand. However, it is still far from certain that Mikel Arteta’s side will end their five-year absence from the Champions League.

They are due to face both clubs over the next 10 games. Meanwhile, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers can’t be ruled out of the pursuit. A long winning run could put them right in the mix for the Champions League places.

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