Apart from being a traditional derby since the inception of the English Premier League, this game could decide the Premier League title for Tottenham, and it’s also important for UEFA Champions League qualification for Arsenal. So, it is a battle for bragging rights, and at the same time, of league success for both teams this season.
Arsenal visit Tottenham Hotspur at the White Hart Lane Sunday afternoon, with Spurs looking to move within a point of league leaders Chelsea at the top, and the Gunners looking to clinch a Champions League spot.
Tottenham come into this game on the back of another London derby, which they won 1-0 over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, taking their winning streak in the Premier League to eight matches. Even a better record is the 15-match winning streak at home – they have the best home record in the league (W15 D2 L0).
SportyBet have Spurs at (1.83) to win, which is not a bad bet judging by their record of being unbeaten in each of their last five league encounters with Arsenal (W1 D4). A draw in this encounter is (3.93). But, the fact that Arsenal have never gone six consecutive league games without winning against Spurs will have the Gooners smiling. A win for Arsenal in this game is priced at (4.02) on SportyBet.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the first-ever Spurs manager to stay unbeaten in his first five top-flight north London Premier League derbies. So, in this case a double chance of win or draw for the home side at (1.21) is a good choice. But, Arsene Wenger unarguably has a better record here. The game will be his 50th north London derby in charge of Arsenal, with 22 wins, 20 stalemates and only seven losses. A double chance for the away side is (1.80), according to SportyBet.
This fixture doesn’t disappoint when it comes to multiple goals. 16 of the last 18 games produced two or more goals, with two of the games ending with a result of 5-2. Over 1.5 is (1.17), while over 2.5 stands at (1.57), but we’ll advise the latter because of the defensive frailties and attacking prowess in both teams. In the 32 games that Arsenal have played so far, there were 23 matches with over 2.5 goals.
Harry Kane has scored in four consecutive Premier League appearances against Arsenal, netting five goals in the process. No Spurs player has scored more goals versus Arsenal in the league than Kane, and he’s also favourite to score the first goal at (4.05). The Three Lions striker is followed by Heung Min Son (5.20) and Vincent Janssen (5.58). Arsenal’s top choices are their top scorer Alexis Sanchez (6.67), France international Olivier Giroud (6.68) and Lucas Perez (7.62).
Kane has helped Spurs win many games with his incredible goal-scoring abilities, making him the first Englishman to score 20+ goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons since Alan Shearer. He’s likeliest to score at anytime during the game at (1.80), while teammates Son and Janssen are at (2.15) and (2.30) respectively.
Arsenal are obviously the underdogs coming into this match, but it’s hard to look beyond them for a win because a defeat here would be a new low for Wenger. They look to finish the season in style, having made the final of the FA Cup already. In truth, they will need maximum wins to have any chance of finishing fourth.
The Gunners have an excellent overall record of 68 wins, 47 draws and 54 losses of 166 meetings with Spurs, which they’ll be looking to draw their confidence from.
Left-back Danny Rose has started training again with the squad but a doubt to start for Tottenham. But Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and goalkeeper Michel Vorm are all out injured and may not play again this season.
On the away side, there are concerns about defender Laurent Koscielny after he suffered an ankle injury against Leicester, and Shkodran Mustafi is still injured (thigh injury). But Lucas Perez, David Ospina and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all back in training and fit for selection. Santi Cazorla and Jeff Reine-Adelaide are unavailable for the season.
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