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Arsenal v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

August 28, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Emirates Stadium - Premier League

It’s time for the first north London derby of the season this weekend, as Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams slipped to their first defeat of the new campaign last time out, with this fixture providing the perfect opportunity to bounce back in style.

Past Meetings

Tottenham won 2-0 at the Emirates in last season’s League Cup, just a couple of weeks after Arsenal were 4-2 victors at the same venue in the Premier League. The teams drew 1-1 in the return at Wembley, while there were three straight home wins in this fixture before last term.

Team News

Sead Kolasinac was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday, while Mesut Ozil could be included here for the first time since the pair’s traumatic carjacking episode. Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and new signing Kieran Tierney are all out until October, while Rob Holding is approaching full fitness.

Dele Alli is nearly fit and could feature for the first time this season here, although Tanguy NDombele and Kyle Walker-Peters are doubtful. Ryan Sessegnon is expected to make his Spurs debut after September’s international break, while Juan Foyth should be available in a month or so.

Arsenal v Tottenham Preview and Predictions

While Arenal’s defeat away to Liverpool was hardly a surprise, that certainly wasn’t the case when Tottenham lost on home soil to a Newcastle side seemingly in disarray. Spurs could’ve used a more welcoming fixture than the north London derby, but it at least gives them the chance for immediate redemption.

Mauricio Pochettino bristled at the line of questioning regarding his decision to omit the wantaway Christian Eriksen from his starting line-up last weekend, and it’s going to be interesting to see if the Dane’s included in the XI for this game. Tottenham badly missed his creativity, although the state of Arsenal’s back line may mean that’s less of an issue than against Newcastle’s dogged defence.

David Luiz had a day to forget at Anfield, and Unai Emery must sort things out at the back if the Gunners are going to stand a chance of getting back in the top four. This is a real test of Arsenal’s mettle after their comprehensive defeat to Liverpool, but they may feel attack is the best form of defence on Sunday.

That could mean we’re set for an entertaining encounter between two teams really going for it. Arsenal are the favourites to pick up the win, although their price of 7/5 shows this is one that’s tough to predict. With Spurs available at 19/10, the draw could be worth a look at 13/5 after four stalemates in the last eight Premier League meetings between the clubs.

Recommended Bets

Over 2.5 goals at 8/13

This could be a lively game between two teams who like to attack, with an over 3.5 goals bet priced at 31/20 if you fancy the net to bulge at least four times.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first at 9/2

The Arsenal striker looks very sharp at the start of the new campaign, although Harry Kane is the 17/4 favourite in the first goalscorer market.

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