Spurs in high spirits for Arsenal's cup visit

Tottenham will host the first north London derby of the campaign after three wins in eight days.

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino. Picture: Tottenham Hotspur official Facebook page.

LONDON - Just over a week ago Arsenal's season was gaining momentum while their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur were still looking for their first win but they meet in the League Cup on Wednesday with that scenario completely turned on its head.

Tottenham will host the first north London derby of the campaign in high spirits after three wins in eight days while Arsenal make the short trip to White Hart Lane beaten in their last two games while having three players sent off.

Spurs, beaten by Chelsea in last season's final, have beaten Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and FK Qarabag of Azerbaijan in the Europa League and discovered a new scoring hero in Son Heung-min of South Korea who has scored three times in those games.

Arsenal, who made a bright start to their campaign, lost at Dinamo Zagreb last week in the Champions League and were then beaten at Chelsea where they had two players sent off.

While the League Cup, now called the Capital One Cup, is regarded as the season's lesser prize, both Tottenham and Arsenal would find defeat an unpalatable prospect.

As would Aston Villa and Birmingham City who meet in another derby, their first for five years, on Tuesday.