Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is under no illusions regarding the magnitude of Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (Match result – Arsenal 13/10, Draw 12/5, Tottenham 12/5).

Spurs will head to the home of their bitter rivals on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but Nuno did see his side book their place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup following a penalty shootout success against his former club Wolves during the week.

Another victory on Sunday would see Spurs move to within two points of league leaders Liverpool at the top of the standings, but the Emirates has not been a happy hunting ground for the club over recent times, as their last top-flight success at the venue came back in 2010.

Nuno will be keen to end that wait on Sunday, in what will be his first experience of the North London derby, but despite being new to the fixture, the 47-year-old is fully aware of its importance.

“To me, it means a lot,” he told the club’s website. “Even though I’m not a long time at the club, I have been told and I am aware what it means for our fans and it means a lot.

“It’s a different game, everything is different, everything that’s around the game is different and we feel it that way. What do I feel? We want to play well.”

The North London derby is one of two Premier League fixtures taking place on Sunday, with the day’s early kick-off seeing Nuno’s old club Wolves travel to St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton (Match result – Southampton 8/5, Draw 23/10, Wolves 2/1 ).

Wolves have lost four of their five top-flight matches to date this season – going down 2-0 at home to newly-promoted Brentford last weekend – but Bruno Lage’s side have only lost one of their previous ten league meetings with Saints, while they have also triumphed on their last two visits to St Mary’s.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton have been the draw specialists in the Premier League so far this season, sharing the spoils in four of their five games to date, but they are still chasing that illusive first win.

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