Tottenham v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 28, 2019
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham host local rivals Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime in a key fixture in the race for the Premier League's top four.
Arsenal won 4-2 when these two sides met in Premier League action earlier this season, with Spurs exacting some revenge with a 2-0 League Cup quarter final win away at The Gunners in December.
Unai Emery's side have not won away at Tottenham in league action since 2014.
Tottenham are rocked by the absence of Harry Kane, who has only just returned form injury, after he collected his fifth Premier League booking of the season against Chelsea in midweek. Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen should be fit to return from a hip injury, but Eric Dier and Dele Alli are both still out of action.
Arsenal will make a late decision on captain Laurent Koscielny after he ended the win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night, with a knee problem. Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined until next season.
Tottenham v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Spurs' title challenge looks to be essentially over, after back to back defeats in their last two Premier League games, against Chelsea and Burnley. Mauricio Pochettino will be frustrated about their slide in recent weeks, however he will not need to give his players any additional motivation for this clash, with Arsenal breathing down their necks in third place.
Arsenal will head to Wembley Stadium full of confidence, with three Premier League wins in a row ahead of the short trip across North London. A win for Emery's side would see them move to within a point of Spurs in third place, and make a real statement of their intent to return to Champions League football for next season.
The absence of Kane is the key, as the England international has a great goal record in this fixture, but without him Spurs may find it tough to break through Arsenal - and a low risk draw may be a better option at 13/2.
This fixture does not always guarantee goals, with over two goals only being scored in one of their last five Premier League meetings and this one could be tight - and under 2.5 total goals to be scored is available at 6/5.
A 1-1 draw at 13/2
Both sides are under pressure to pick up a result in this tie, with a Top Four Premier League finish an priority for both managers come the end of the season. Without Kane, Spurs will be likely to play a little bit more defensively and hit Arsenal on the counter attack when they get a chance.
Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime at 13/8
French international is in excellent form at the moment, he has three goals in his last three Premier League appearances, and the former Lyon man is on 12 league goals for the season.