Tottenham Hotspur V Arsenal
Saturday 10th February. 12:30PM. BT Sport
The weekend’s Premier League action gets underway with a mouth-watering North London derby at Wembley, where both Tottenham and Arsenal will be desperate to taste victory in what is set to be a memorable match in the history of this great rivalry.
Aside from the occasion itself, Saturday’s showdown will be an important moment in their respective seasons, which should make for a fascinating battle at the home of football. You wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
Centurion Kane Looking To Blow Gunners Away Once More
He made hard work of it at Anfield after missing an earlier penalty, but star man Harry Kane is now officially a member of the Premier League centurions club and will be eager to follow it up by proving that he’s one of Tottenham’s own once again against his boyhood club. Given his record against the Gunners, the division’s leading scorer should have a fantastic chance at Wembley.
Muaricio Pochettino won’t only look towards his star striker fro inspiration, though. New signing Lucas Moura could make a big impact, even if it’s from the bench while the return of Toby Alderweireld must feel like another addition in itself. With the likes of Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen performing well too, the hosts will be confident.
Spurs took a few games to settle into life at Wembley, but now look very much at home on the big pitch. In fact, they’ve dropped just four points from the last 10 home league matches while they’ve also picked up memorable Champions League results on home turf. Having warmed up for this one with a comfortable midweek win over Newport in the FA Cup, things are looking good for the hosts.
Three points would keep the hosts right on track to seriously challenge for a top four finish. That’s exactly what Pochettino will look to achieve.
Wenger Wembley Run To Continue?
One glance at Arsenal’s away record will highlight where their problems have occurred in 2017/18, but the Gunners have gained a renewed sense of hope following the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitary and Pierre-Emerick Aubaeyang. If the demolition of Everton is any barometer, the visitors may still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League without needing to win the Europa League.
The Gunners boast a great record at Wembley too, which will provide another source of optimism. Meanwhile, the 2-0 reverse win against Spurs was easily one of their best performances of the season so far. If they can repeat that level of quality, they’ll have nothing to fear against their rivals.
Petr Cech is believed to be ready for action as his minor injury isn’t as bad as first thought while Danny Welbeck could be in contention for a place on the bench. The long-term absence of Santi Cazorla is Wenger’s only major headache.
The pressure is on due to their league predicament, but another victory at Wembley would go a long way to restoring their hopes of a top four finish If the Gunners can stamp their authority in the middle of the park and avoid the all too frequent defensive lapses, we could be in for a thrilling encounter.
Tottenham Hotspur V Arsenal Betting
With home advantage on their side, Tottenham have been established as the 21/20 favourites at Unibet while Arsenal are 45/17 outsiders. Alternatively, the draw can be backed at 37/13.
These two sides have produced some stunning matches over the years, and the extra ingredient of Wembley is sure to add excitement to this Saturday showdown. As neutrals, will be hoping to see it burst into life from the off.
Given the way Arsenal started their last league game and Spurs started against Notts County, there’s a good chance that this match won’t take long to spark into life. At 13/5, a goal for both sides before the interval looks good value.
BET: BTTS in first half @ 13/5 with Coral
Passions will be running wild from the very start, and Anthony Taylor could be in for a tough test as he looks to maintain control. A few bookings for both sides looks likely.
Of all those players, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka seems to be the most likely candidate. This is reflected by the odds as he is the shortest priced individual. Still, at odds of 8/5, it’s well worth a punt.
BET: Granit Xhaka to be booked @ 8/5 with Unibet