Few Premier League derby days match the hype, passion and quality of football quite like the North London derby and Premier League fans and bettors should be treated to a banger in the next chapter of the Tottenham-Arsenal rivalry Sunday at the Emirates.
Online shop Bovada is currently offering Arsenal as +160 favorites in moneyline markets with Spurs coming back close at +170 and the draw at +255. The total is tabbed at 3 with OVER -115 and UNDER -105. Spread betting has this as a pick with the Gunners -120.
Arsenal, who has been playing great football under Unai Emery, has had a pretty good edge in meetings on their turf, where this game will be Sunday. Both of these teams have top-four aspirations and with Tottenham coming off two very impressive wins against Chelsea and Inter (in Champions League), Arsenal could have its hands full in this edition of the North London derby.
Let’s dig into this game and find some bets, shall we?
Tottenham, who has largely played “homeless” over the past couple of seasons, has been the best road team in the Premier League so far this campaign. Entering this meeting at the Emirates, Spurs have won seven of their eight road games, a very impressive haul for a team that, as I’ve stated in previous match previews involving Spurs, has not played its best football yet.
Tottenham’s best performance on the road came in a 3-0 demolishing of Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season. They’ve kept four clean sheets on their journeys thus far and their one loss came at Watford when the Hornets were playing their best football.
Furthermore, they’ve scored 15 goals away from home and conceded six for a good-looking goal differential of +9. Very good form for the third-placed team entering Gameweek 14.
Last point I’ll add here is that Tottenham brings a five-match road winning streak to the Emirates. They’ve nabbed all three points from Brighton, Huddersfield, West Ham, Wolves and Crystal Palace as they march on to face their rivals.
Gunning for Another Positive Result
All of that positivity surrounding Tottenham’s away form is one thing, but Arsenal has been absolutely humming under Emery. The Gunners head into this match unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games and unbeaten in a whopping 18 across all competitions.
Earlier, they had rattled off an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions and that form has “dipped” a touch with three wins and four draws since, but this squad is just going out there and getting results.
Arsenal opened the Premier League season as difficult as you’ll see with losses to Manchester City and Chelsea – their only defeats in the Emery era up to this point.
North London is Red in This Fixture
While both of these clubs would have this fixture circled on their respective calendars, Arsenal will be eager to continue a dominant run in the NLD at home.
Tottenham’s last win away to Arsenal in the league came all the way back in 2010. And what a match that was. The Gunners were up 2-0 thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh before Tottenham roared back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul.
But that was some time ago and since then, Arsenal has won four and drawn three home fixtures of the North London derby.
Last season was a 2-0 Gunners win thanks to tallies from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.
I write this as a Spurs fan but I actually like the Gunners on the moneyline here. Spurs played their game of the season against Chelsea and then had to go out and beat Inter in a tough Champions League game midweek.
Arsenal was able to fend off Bournemouth and then was able to win their Europa League game midweek with a largely rotated side while Tottenham fielded a mostly first-choice XI. So considering the amount of tough football that Spurs and their best players have played, I’ve gotta go with Arsenal here.
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