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Tomorrow is the big day, the first North London derby of the season, and Tottenham will be desperate to bounce back after losing three of their last four games; to Chelsea, Wigan and Manchester City.

Andre Villas-Boas says he is determined to bounce back from the losses, believing this is the type of game that can get his squad 'back on track'. A win will take Spurs four points clear of the Gunners in the league.

He has identified Emmanuel Adebayor as their key man tomorrow, believing the striker's past with the Gunners can bring the best out of him. The manager said: "We can use individual's motivations and that is why we used Adebayor also in the game versus City last week. These are things that you have to count on. Hopefully it can have a positive effect but it can have a negative effect. Last year he scored from the penalty spot and had a good game and this is the type of revolt and motivation for matches like this."

As part of our big-match preview coverage, Lewis Doe examines five key battles which will go some way to deciding the fate of tomorrow's game. While Nick Harris looks at the importance of the fitness of both Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon, and the roles they will play in the fixture.

Opponents Arsenal look set to recall Wojciech Szczesny for the game, but left-back Kieran Gibbs remains injured, and there is mounting speculation the Gunners will line-up with three at the back. However Giroud, Sagna, Walcott and Arteta are all question marks and face late fitness tests.

Tottenham are without Moussa Dembele who was ruled out officially yesterday, but the trio of Kyle Walker, Jermain Defoe, and Aaron Lennon are winning their fitness fights against their hamstring injuries - report the BBC.

Here is the Telegraph's predicted line-up for the match, which does not include Jermain Defoe. Spurs: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen; Lennon, Sandro, Huddlestone, Bale; Dempsey; Adebayor. Their full match preview can be read here, including their fence-sitting 2-2 prediction.

Both clubs have issued a reminder to fans ahead of the game, reminding them of their responsibilities in the emotionally charged fixture, urging them to get behind their team. There is also a text line available for fans to report 'anti-social' abuse as it happens to the stewards.

Ahead of the game, the Evening Standard takes a look at how newcomers at both clubs signed in the transfer window have fared early on in the season, with Spurs' Jan Vertonghen among those to receive praise.

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