Monday's televised game witnesses the 139th north London derby between Spurs and Arsenal, and the majority of people at White Hart Lane will be hoping it is a particularly special occasion for Tottenham manager George Graham. The former Gunners boss has been in charge of Spurs in four derby matches so far, but has only finished on the winning side once.
That 2-1 victory last season was overshadowed by ill discipline as Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg and Martin Keown saw red from referee David Elleray. Both sides will be keen to avoid a repeat of such fireworks this time around, but the fact that Spurs and Arsenal have committed above the average number of fouls for the Premiership does not augur well for Monday night.
Home fans hopeful for a derby win will be buoyed by the news that Spurs actually hold a decent record against Arsenal since the inauguration of the Premiership. In 16 meetings between the two sides, Tottenham have won five clashes, compared to the Gunners' total of four. But with Arsenal pushing hard on the heels of leaders Manchester United - and coming off the back of a 5-0 romp against sorry Newcastle - Arsene Wenger's side will be extra motivated to take all three vital points.
The Spurs support will also be imbued with hope given their excellent record at White Hart Lane this campaign. Graham's Lilywhites are unbeaten in the league at home, and already claim the notable scalps of Liverpool, Sunderland and a stroll against high-flying Leicester City. However, the Gunners have done well in the capital in 2000-01, having not lost in London to date.
On the pitch, it is likely to be a close affair. Aside from the industry of both sides, Arsenal have proved to be more prolific in front of goal this season, outscoring Monday's opponents by 29 to 25. The Gunners have also looked more dangerous when playing in and around the opposition's penalty area, levelling an impressive 55% of their efforts on target - 12 percentage points higher than Tottenham.
In addition, the second-placed Gunners should in theory control more of the possession at White Hart Lane. The last Premiership champions outside of Manchester United find a team-mate with 77% of their distribution, making Arsenal the third-most accurate passers in the top-flight.
But in the case of the north London derby, it is the respective defences who will bare the brunt of the pressure. Once again, Arsenal have got to be confident about withstanding any Spurs onslaught, having only conceded 13 goals this season - exactly half the amount of Tottenham.
So on paper, Wenger's title challengers go into this battle as favourites to extend the Gunners run of two successive Premiership victories without conceding a goal. Outside of the confines of Highbury, however, this is a different prospect. And with Spurs' almost perfect home record, Monday night is almost certain to be won by a single strike.