Tottenham vs Arsenal – Match Preview
While although there will be no fans in attendance, this Sunday’s North London Derby will be no less feisty and with a potential Europa League place still up for grabs, this has all the hallmarks of another entertaining encounter.
Much has been made of whether it is better to sacrifice the Europa League next season, in order to have a better crack at Premier League instead and although there is some validity to that theory, neither Tottenham or Arsenal look clever enough to game the system.
The two London outfits are both very much a work in progress and their current league standings would attest to that, as both Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta are picking up their reigns from someone else’s departure.
For Mourinho, it was the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and for Arteta, it was the departure of compatriot Unai Emery and on the evidence of both new men, it is difficult to say who is currently doing the better job.
They say the table doesn’t lie and when you look at both these clubs, it’s fair to say that their collective performances have been under par and although performances do matter this season, they will certainly matter even more next.
With that said, neither team will want to cede local bragging rights this weekend and a win over the over would be an incredibly timely boost in either’s hopes of clinching a top six finish and subsequent entry to the Europa League.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, the Emirates played host to an entertaining 2-2 draw and when you consider Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead, it almost was akin to a defeat for the visitors.
That game saw Arsenal as favourites, but only just. The red half of North London were +158 on the moneyline, while Tottenham found themselves a shade longer at +161 and odds of this nature, reflect how tight these contests can be.
While looking ahead to this weekend, Tottenham find themselves at +150 and Arsenal at +176 – something that suggests slightly more confidence in Jose Mourinho’s men, especially as he loves to get one over the Gunners and no matter which club he is in charge of.
These games are always too tight to call and therefore the goal market could be of greater to use to you and when you look at Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, both will be primed and ready to find the net on Sunday.
Should that be the case, a both teams to score bet at odds of -166, looks like being a shrewd move and if you want to add a bit more fat to the bones, you could always double up with either goalscorer.
If you think Kane will score anytime, as well as both teams scoring within the 90 minutes, you can get odds of +183 and if you think it will be Arsenal’s Aubameyang instead, it is the slightly shorter price of +165.