North London prepares to face Merseyside in Premier League

It’s set to be a real super Sunday this weekend as North London takes on Merseyside following a week of intense European competition.

Arsenal travel to Everton for the 1.30pm kick-off before Liverpool travel to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur in the second game of the afternoon.

It’s a real feast of football for fans but if the two North London rivals combined to take on their Merseyside rivals, who would come out on top?

We’ve attempted the impossible and put together our North London and Merseyside combined XIs and we’ll let you decide which side would emerge victorious.


Lloris; Alderweireld, Koscielny, Vertonghen; Dier, Eriksen, Ramsey, Alli; Sanchez, Kane, Lacazette.

Plenty of difficult picks here, starting with the goalkeeper. Hugo Lloris just edges out the more experienced Petr Cech but we would be happy with either play for our North London XI.

In defence, Koscielny joins a pair of Spurs centre backs with Ben Davies out injured and there’s no room in this formation for the likes of Hector Bellerin, Kieran Trippier or Nacho Monreal.

No wing backs here leaves the North London XI very narrow with Eric Dier and Dele Alli at the points of an effective diamond. Harry Winks and Alex Iwobi both miss out.

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The creativity of Christian Eriksen and Aaron Ramsey are selected ahead of Son Heung-min and Theo Walcott for their ability to assist the front men as well as score goals themselves.

Harry Kane’s recent goal-scoring record sees him as one of the first picks for this team with Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette supporting him on either side to add further attacking threat.

Olivier Giroud misses out but we still feel this is a very attacking formation which will definitely be scoring goals – the best form of defence as they say.


Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Baines; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Salah, Rooney, Coutinho

Everton’s recent form hurts them in this team as the red side of Merseyside dominate this XI by nine to two starting with Simon Mignolet getting the nod ahead of Jordan Pickford in goal.

Blues’ Mason Holgate misses out as does Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka due to their poor form so Leighton Baines slips in alongside Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Loven.

Things look significantly stronger in midfield with the Liverpool trio of Georginio Wijnaldum alongside Jordan Henderson and Emre Can.

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Morgan Schneiderlin misses out as does Gylfi Sigurdsson- who has yet to fully settle following his summer move – with James Milner also unable to nail down a starting spot.

Roberto Firmino misses out to Wayne Rooney at the centre of a front three with England’s leading goalscorer supported by Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho – with Sadio Mane out injured.

No room for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has yet to deliver at Liverpool, or Daniel Sturridge due to ongoing injury concerns. Dominic Calvert-Lewin might sneak onto a substitutes bench.


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