Sunday 6th November. 12PM. BT Sport 1
The first north London derby of the season could scarcely have greater importance for fierce rivals Arsenal and Spurs, who will both by fighting to keep the pressure on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool in what is already shaping up to be a fascinating title race. Sunday’s showdown could be a classic.
Neither team has been perfect in the opening stages of the season, but both Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino know what three points could do for their respective squads. But which team should you be backing?
Let’s take a closer look.
Gunners Aiming To Fire Signal Of Intent
After starting the season in shaky fashion, Wenger’s men have bounced back in great style and enter this weekend’s action sitting joint top of the Premier League while their place in the last 16 of the Champions League has already been sealed. Things are certainly going well for a more mature Arsenal, and they could fire a further warning shot to their rivals with a big performance here.
The Gunners may have dropped points in their last Premier League home game against Middlesbrough, but it was another dominant display. On another day, they could have easily scored three or four, and Wenger will be hoping to see his side stamp their authority once again – just as they did in their last derby against Chelsea.
Wenger will be without Santi Cazorla, but the quality of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and co. should compensate. If the Gunners perform as they have at times in recent weeks, then they should have no problem against a side that they haven’t lost to in six home head-to-head meetings.
With Manchester United to come after the international break, it’s a huge few weeks for the Gunners. If they can pass the test, starting with Spurs, their title credentials will have to be taken seriously.
Spurs Slump To Continue?
Tottenham might be the only club to still boast their unbeaten tag, but a run of three league draws has seen Pochettino’s side slide to fifth. Those troubles have been further highlighted by European struggles, but a win against their bitter rivals could be just the tonic for Spurs.
They will need to do it without Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld, at least from the start as Pochettino has confirmed they won’t start. In truth, the visitors have looked a far less efficient team without their star striker and best defender, and that could show at the Emirates.
Spurs still boast plenty of quality, and shouldn’t have any trouble finding motivation for this one. Meanwhile, a big result would draw a line under their recent woes heading into the international break.
Pochettino’s men are more than capable of reviving their title bid, and this would be the ideal way to do it. Prepare yourselves for Sunday lunchtime spectacular.
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Betting
It’s Arsenal that enter Sunday’s showdown as the pre-game favourites but, at odds of 19/20, Bet365 don’t think it will be a foregone conclusion. Tottenham can be backed at 16/5 while the draw is available at 13/5.
Tottenham are a very strong side, but confidence is low right now while those key absences could play a telling role also. Whilst both of last season’s matches ended in draws, Arsenal will be confident about clinching a vital three points here.
An early goal should put the Gunners on the pathway to a comfortable derby win.
If Arsenal hit the ground running, it could set the tone for a game of intense pressure. With Ozil and co. pulling the strings, we think they will pick up several corners.
Should Spurs fall behind, the pressure could soon mount, which could lead to bookings. We’re backing the two ideas with SkyBet’s Request-a-bet section.