There’s nothing quite like a north London derby, and that's the treat the Premier League has in store this Sunday as Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates.
A few years ago, Arsenal had the bragging rights every year and smugly celebrated St Totteringham’s Day, which was the date where Tottenham could no longer mathematically catch up with their rivals.
However, Spurs fans were able to say 'mind the gap' last season, after finishing 14 points ahead of the Gunners, and you have to argue that they are again the better team coming into Sunday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s a view shared by the bookies who make Tottenham a 7/4 chance with BetVictor to claim the spoils against their arch-rivals. While that makes them marginal outsiders, it also indicates that they are regarded in a more positive light, considering they’re the visiting team.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side might be affected by Wednesday’s Champions League encounter against Internazionale, although the Argentine has a squad packed with quality players, and last weekend’s win over Chelsea saw Son Heung-Min, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli produce star performances.
Pochettino really is a football genius and it’s worth noting that his team have played an enormous amount of away matches this season and that the manager didn’t spend a bean on players during the summer.
Harry Kane continues to deliver goals on a timely basis and will need no motivation to score against Arsenal, with the captain available at 37/10 with Unibet to break the deadlock and have the visiting supporters bouncing at the Emirates Stadium.
Emery's First Derby
For Unai Emery, this is his first taste of a north London derby and the Spaniard will call for calm heads in this game, with Alexandre Lacazette expected to be back in the squad for this match, causing a selection dilemma, considering how well Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fared at the Vitality Stadium.
Arsenal are 6/4 with William Hill to follow up that win over Bournemouth, with the Gunners regularly making life hard for themselves this term; incredibly they have not led in any of their 13 top-flight matches thus far.
One wonders whether their return of 27 points from 13 matches is therefore sustainable, or whether the manager is simply plotting clever second-half strategies that sees his team come through with the goods come the final whistle.
Will Arsenal Beat Spurs?
We’re expecting an open game and both teams going for goals in this clash, with Over 2.5 Goals unsurprisingly trading at 8/15 with William Hill, although you can push the envelope further and back Over 3.5 Goals at 29/20 (BetVictor).
Spurs tend to be involved in high-scoring tussles, with the 3-2 win at Molineux and the 3-1 win over Chelsea a case in hand, and a victory for the visiting side may be achieved with both sides scoring.