Tottenham Hotspur can be certain that this Sunday’s first ever north London derby against Arsenal in the Women’s Super League will not be a repeat of the FA Cup encounter between the sides just two-and-a-half years ago that saw the Gunners run out 10-0 winners.

The fixture will be played at the 62,000-seat Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and promises to be an enormous occasion for both clubs on what has been branded as ‘Women’s Football Weekend’. For those who cannot make it, the game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 from 2.30pm.

Spurs were a third tier club in the Women's Premier League Southern Division back in March 2017 at the time of the 10-0 drubbing by Arsenal. But the clubs are on a more level playing field these days, even if the Gunners are still favourites for the derby.

Having earned promotion to the Women’s Championship, Tottenham followed Manchester United into the WSL this season, have navigated the successful transition from part-time outfit to fully professional club, and have made a very positive start to life in the top flight.

Spurs have taken nine points from a possible 15 to begin the season and are actually only three points behind reigning champions Arsenal in the current table. Should they pull off an upset this weekend, they would move level on points with ​one of the best sides in Europe.

Lucy Quinn

In two London derbies so far this season, both played at big Premier League stadiums, Spurs have fared well. They were only beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge thanks to a long-range stunner from Beth England, while they prevailed 2-0 against West Ham at the London Stadium.

In summer signing ​Kit Graham, Spurs have a potential star in the making. The former Charlton player has created 12 chances in the WSL so far this season, although she has no assists to her name. Better finishing from teammates and it might have been an even better start to 2019/20.

But Arsenal, who ultimately left all others in their wake last season to claim a first WSL title since 2012, are a formidable opponent and will be determined to bounce back from defeat to Chelsea in their last game.

Remarkably, the Gunners have never lost back-to-back WSL away games and are the only team in the league’s nine-year history to have that rather exceptional record.

Aileen Whelan,Katie McCabe

In an attacking lineup full of international stars, Danielle van de Donk is a particular source of danger. She scored a late winner for Arsenal against Manchester United in September and has the best conversion rate (43%) of any WSL player this season who has taken at least five shots.

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