Victory tonight won't win title but it will mark St Totteringham's Day

By Graham McNorthbank

Referees conspiring to gift Chelsea the league is something Arsenal can't do much about, meaning that tonight's North London derby may actually count for little when the league campaign finishes next month.

But lest we forget, this is Tottenham we're up against this evening and the bottom line is that a victory at Light Weight Lane, will at least give us Addicts something to celebrate - St Totteringham's Day.

And it will be the the 15th year in succession that there has been a St Tott's fiesta.

For those of you not in the know, St Totteringham's Day is a moveable celebration - much like Easter. It is triggered when Arsenal amass enough points that it becomes mathematically impossible for Tottenham to finish above us in the league table.

So a victory tonight will leave the Gunners on 74 points with four games to play. The Spuds would be on 58 points with five games left, meaning the best they could possibly hope for if they won all their remaining matches (I know, I know, but try not to laugh) would be 73 points. Hence St Tott's.

By the sound of things RvP will play at least a small part in tonight's clash, while Sol Campbell will be out to prove a point against the Spuds mugs who have been consistantly abusing him ever since he had the epiphany that collecting Premier League winners medals was only ever going to be possible at one club in North London.

The Tottenham players might be a little battle weary after their extra time humiliation at the hands of Portsmouth on Sunday, but they'll still pick themselves up for this evening and I predict it will be a close game with the Spuds no doubt scoring first, as they usually do in these fixtures, before Arsenal start clicking into gear to remind the home fans that there is only one team in North London that are capable of finishing in a Champions League qualifying spot, year-in, year-out.