Tottenham v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 08, 2018
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
The North London derby goes on tour this weekend, as Tottenham host Arsenal at Wembley in the Saturday afternoon kick-off. With the two teams currently occupying fifth and sixth position in the Premier League table, it’s a huge game in many ways.
Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez both scored in the first half when the sides met in November, handing the Gunners a 2-0 win at the Emirates. Spurs won the last ever North London derby at White Hart Lane by the same scoreline thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane, while there were three consecutive draws before that.
Toby Alderweireld made his long-awaited comeback from injury against Newport County in the FA Cup on Wednesday, putting him in contention for this one. Danny Rose and Harry Winks also started Tottenham’s midweek game in the quest for full fitness, while Lucas Moura is in with a chance of making his debut after joining from Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsene Wenger meanwhile could call on a trio of players who were doubtful earlier this week. Nacho Monreal has recovered from the illness that forced him off at half-time during the Gunners’ win over Everton last weekend, while Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck both face late fitness tests and are currently given a 50/50 chance of making the game.
Tottenham v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
As well as the usual local pride and bragging rights, there’s a lot at stake with respect to both of the teams’ seasons on Saturday. A victory for Tottenham would cut Arsenal further adrift of the top four places, while the visitors could pull themselves to within a point of Spurs with a win of their own.
Mauricio Pochettino was able to rest players like Kane and Alli on Wednesday, while giving precious minutes to a number of others. Just a point behind fourth placed Chelsea, Tottenham have gone 11 without defeat in all competitions since they were humbled at the Etihad in mid-December. Spurs have the chance to move seven points clear of Arsenal with 11 games to go, with a much better goal difference to boot.
The hosts are priced at 21/20 for the win, while the Gunners are available at 11/4. Wenger is set to unleash his new-look attack in this one, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined by Mesut Ozil who gave the club a massive boost in signing a new contract.
The bookmakers have the draw down as the least likely result at 3/1, despite that recent run of three in a row in this fixture. There’s always the danger of passions boiling over in the North London derby, with a sending off in the match priced at 5/2.
Kane to score first and Arsenal to win at 33/1
The Spurs striker is in superb form this season, but Arsenal often save their best performances for their local rivals and could recover from going behind providing they have enough time.
Penalty to be awarded at 12/5
Forgetting all the furore this week over Alli’s perceived penchant for deceiving referees, there’ll be plenty of fleet-footed forwards on show who could win a penalty under the Wembley arch.