What are they saying?
Jose Mourinho chose to keep his counsel on Dier’s four-match ban in fear of receiving a punishment himself but said Tottenham are unlikely to appeal the decision.
Dier has been handed the sanction after he climbed into the stand following Spurs’ FA Cup exit to Norwich in March to confront a fan who was arguing with his brother.
Mourinho said: “No reaction. I prefer no reaction. I am not going to answer, if I answer I am going to be in trouble and I don’t want to be. So no comment on that.”
On a possible appeal he added: “I don’t think so, if you appeal you have other risks. At least let’s start next season without a suspension. We all know how it works at these FA decisions.
“You have access if you want to the record of successful appeals and unsuccessful appeals. I don’t think so, I don’t think we’re going to appeal.”
What are the best odds?
- Tottenham to win 6/4
- Draw 5/2
- Arsenal to win 9/5
What is our prediction?
This is a must-win game for both teams in the battle for European qualification. Both sides have shown inconsistent form since the restart. Normally you’d bank on home advantage in the derby, but with no fans – and therefore no atmosphere – it really is 50/50.
Predicted score: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2