Arsenal V Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 28, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham look to end Arsenal's 17-game unbeaten run as they travel to the Emirates on Sunday for the North London Derby. Spurs are in strong form themselves, and go into the game three points above their rivals.
Honors were shared evenly last season, with both sides winning at home. The most recent fixture saw Tottenham earn a narrow victory thanks to a Harry Kane strike just after half time.
Despite resuming training Petr Cech is unlikely to dislodge Bern Leno in goal for the Gunners, who are still without a number of key players. Danny Welbeck looks set for an expended spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury whilst Nacho Monreal will join Laurent Koscielny in nearing a return. Both Alexandre Lacazette and Stephan Lichtsteiner missed out on Arsenal's Europa League tie, but should be fit for Sunday.
Jan Vertonghen returned to the first team squad last weekend, which will be a welcome relief for Mauricio Pochettino who is without Davinson Sanchez, Kieron Tripper and Mousa Dembele through injury.
Arsenal v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
Arsenal's win over an in-form Bournemouth side last weekend ended the Gunners' spell of draws, and ensured that they remained in touching distance of the top four. More importantly however, it gave Unai Emery's side the opportunity to build up some momentum in anticipation for Sunday's North London derby.
Tottenham will doubtless be the more confident of the two sides, having won a capitol derby last weekend against a previously unbeaten Chelsea side. Pochettino's side were utterly dominant against the Blues, and showed their ruthless side with two quick-fire goals, effectively ending the tie before it began. The Argentinian manager provided a tactical masterclass on that day, disrupting his opponents passing play and not allowing them to settle on the ball.
However, Emery has put his own stamp on Arsenal, moving them away from the type of side that would crumble against a heavy press, instead increasing their own efficiency and ruthlessness. Pochettino will have to tailor a very different game-plan if he wants to win against the Red side of London, which could well play into the home-teams advantage.
Likewise, despite playing a day later than Spurs, Arsenal's game is of much less importance, with their Europa League opponents, Vorskla easily matched by a second string Gunners' team - much unlike Tottenham's game against Inter Milan. Emery will be able to rest his stars, allowing them to match Spurs' early tempo, and, who, as we saw against Chelsea, tired towards the final 10 minutes.
If the home side are able to keep a clean sheet early on, they may have a decent chance of winning on Sunday.
Harry Kane to score anytime at 4/5
The England ace is unstoppable at the moment, scoring from distance against Chelsea.
Arsenal to win to nil at 9/2
The away side hasn't scored in a North London derby since 2016, although Sunday's game may be closer.