Tottenham v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 26, 2017
Sunday April 30 – White Hart Lane – Premier League
Almost certain to finally finish above their bitter rivals, Tottenham will also be able to effectively kill Arsenal’s Champions League hopes with a victory. The Gunners meanwhile will be looking to regain some pride in what has been a shambolic campaign.
With three draws and two wins each over the past five meetings, the North London derby couldn’t be more finely split. Spurs gained a point from the Emirates in November, so they will fancy their chances on Sunday.
One of Tottenham’s biggest strengths this season has been their ability to keep star players at full fitness as the only two injured players that get near the starting XI are Erik Lamela and Danny Rose. Harry Winks and Michel Vorm are also ruled out, but their absence will have little effect on Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical plan.
The away side will be missing several key figures as long term absentee Santi Cazorla is joined by Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez and David Ospina on the Gunners’ treatment table. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will return from an ankle injury and could start in the centre or on the right in Arsene Wenger’s adopted 3-4-3 system.
Tottenham vs Arsenal Preview and Predictions
It will come as little surprise but Tottenham are considerable favourites at odds of 19/20, and as they are considered by many as the best side in the Premier League it seems fair value. Arsenal on the other hand are priced at 29/10, and it may seem good value for money, but it should be avoided.
Although Arsene Wenger is deservedly taking most of the blame for his sides’ latest implosion, he is not the sole reason for their downfall with many abject performances from mainstays in the Arsenal first XI. Tottenham on the other hand have the best defensive record and also on average cover the most ground per game in the Premier League, making it somewhat of a mismatch. Derbies can often be misleading, but such a chasm in quality makes it hard to see any result other than a victory for the home side.
Harry Kane is on course to overtake Alan Shearer as the Premier League’s all time goalscorer and his record against the biggest sides in England is also exemplary, making him great value to open the scoring at 7/2. Should you not trust the former MK Dons man to do so, Dele Alli is at 11/2 and Alexis Sanchez is 6/1, both are capable alternatives.
Tottenham to win 3-1 at 14/1
Spurs have been in Arsenal’s shadow for so long and now they have the opportunity to confirm the power shift in the north of the capital. Tottenham’s defence isn’t as water tight as it was at the start of the season so a clean sheet is unlikely, but the forward line is still firing and will prove to much for their inconsistent neighbours.
Dele Alli to score any time at 7/5
Premier League young player of the year for consecutive seasons, the England international would have had a fair chance of winning the senior award had he have been nominated. Alli is the highest scoring midfielder in the league this season and as he is likely going to be marked by Granit Xhaka, he should have a field day.