Fans can watch live video online when Tottenham Hotspur takes on Arsenal in one of English football’s most storied rivalries, as the bitter North London foes go to battle February 7 for the 256th time since the two historic sides first faced off — in 1887.
But this time, Spurs and the Gunners will be competing for more than just regional bragging rights between the two teams located just four miles apart. With Arsenal sitting in fifth on the Barclays Premier League table with 42 points from 23 matches, and Tottenham nipping at their heels with 40 points from the same number of games, the result of Saturday’s derby showdown could determine which — if either — of the sides grabs the final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot of the four available from the English top flight.
The fourth position is currently occupied by unlikely Southampton, a team that as recently as the 2011/12 season was still competing in the Championship. Though the Saints have clearly made the most of their promotion, it seems improbable that they can hang on to their Champions League spot faced with an onslaught from the two Premier League powerhouses, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal has not missed out on Champions League football since the 2000/01 season.
Premier League fanatics who catch the live online video webcast of Saturday’s Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal clash will see a Spurs side that looks at least somewhat different than the on-form squad that has won five of its last eight Premier League matches while losing only one.
As the winter transfer window closed on Monday, Tottenham received, if not a facelift, than at least a little tuck. Spurs shipped out speedy winger Aaron Lennon on loan to Everton, while acquiring 18-year-old Dele Alli from League One side MK Dons, beating out Liverpool, Manchester United and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich for the English teen sensation’s services.
But Spurs supporters won’t get to see their newest purchase in action against Arsenal Saturday. In fact, viewers of the game’s live online video stream will have to wait until the 2015/16 season to see Alli compete at White Hart Lane. Tottenham immediately loaned the England Under-19 international back to his League One team where he’ll play out the current campaign.
Both teams are coming off of convincing victories last Saturday, when Spurs shellacked West Brom 3-0 on the road, while Arsenal stomped hapless Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium, 5-0 on Sunday.
Live online video of Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal from White Hart Lane starts at 7:45 am U.S. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, February 7, and may be accessed via NBC Sports Live Extra by clicking on this link.