Arsenal will host Spurs in the first north London derby of the season on Sunday, with both sides approaching the Premier League fixture with drastically different form.
However, since the return of league football, Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side has plummeted from 1st to 7th after back-to-back 3-0 defeats, whilst the Gunners have won 1-0 in consecutive games, with Mikel Arteta‘s side moving up to 12th in the Premier League table.
Arteta has been able to field what seems his strongest back four since the international break, with new signings Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu leading the Gunners to back-to-back clean sheets.
So, what line-ups will both sides go for? And, what will the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction.
Arsenal vs Spurs score predicted using FIFA 22
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Arteta’s side could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the line-up as follows: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.
And we reckon that Spurs could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with the line-up as follows: Lloris; Tanganga, Romero, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli; Gil, Kane, Son.
Spurs controlled the opening stages of the game with Son hitting the post after just four minutes of the game, but it was Arsenal who scored against the run of play through Bukayo Saka.
It was the Gunners’ first chance of the game, and the move started with Saka fed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the edge of the box, and the Gabon international held off Eric Dier before sliding the ball back through to Saka who lost Reguilon and tucked it into the bottom left corner past Hugo Lloris.
Aubameyang missed a great chance to put the Gunners 2-0 up just before half-time as Arteta’s side grew into the game after taking the lead.
Despite Arsenal’s better play towards the end of the half, Spurs equalised right after the restart through Tanguy Ndombele.
Ndombele levelled the scoring in the 48th minute after Son did brilliantly to beat Takehiro Tomiyasu down the left, drive into the box and cut it back for the Frenchman to tuck under Ramsdale with a curling effort.
Harry Kane then made it 2-1 to Spurs just six minutes later as Bryan Gil did well to burst down the right and beat Tierney for pace, before lifting the ball to the back post for Kane to power home a diving header past the miscommunicating duo of White and Ramsdale.
Emile Smith Rowe was subbed off for Nicolas Pepe in 65th minute as the young midfielder struggled to make any impact throughout the game with Tanganga doing superbly to keep him at bay.
Spurs had retaken control of the game, but as they searched for a third they were caught on the counter-attack, and Thomas Partey made it 2-2 with 20 minutes to go in a thrilling North London Derby.
As the Gunners charged forward on the left, Partey’s run from deep was missed by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as he charged into the box.
Martin Odegaard played it into Aubameyang who saw the run of his teammate and fed Partey in the box, who fired into the bottom left corner past Ramsdale.
Neither side could find a winner in the minutes remaining minutes, and the exciting affair finished all square.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Arsenal 2-2 Spurs
Here are the full-time match stats:
FIFA 22 predicts that goals from Saka and Partey on either side of goals from Ndombele and Kane for Spurs would see an exciting 2-2 draw at the Emirates, with the FIFA 22 simulation predicting another exciting derby.
What do you think the score will be between Arsenal and Spurs on Sunday afternoon? Let us know in the comments!
The successor to FIFA 21, FIFA 22, will be released in the UK and worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021.