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There’s no such thing as an unimportant North London Derby but we’ve certainly been treated to some massive fixtures between Tottenham and Arsenal recently. Last season, a 2-2 draw in March did neither side any favours in their hunt for the title. A little over a year later and Arsenal are well and truly out of the title race whereas Spurs are very much in with a chance of catching Chelsea at the top of the table.
It was a tale of two semi finals for the two North London rivals last weekend. While Tottenham were knocked out by Chelsea on the Saturday, Arsenal secured their place in the FA Cup final against Manchester City. The cup provided Arsene Wenger with some relief in both 2014 and 2015 but many Arsenal fans believe that another cup triumph would simply be papering over the cracks.
Gunners’ fans are running out of ways to protest against their manager after yet another disappointing season. Their inability to challenge for the title is made all the harder to bare given Spurs’ ascent. Few people would argue that Mauricio Pochettino’s team are the best in the Premier League on current form and those Spurs fans with a ticket to Sunday’s game would love nothing more than a big win over Arsenal in the final North London Derby at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham 19/20 (Betfair)
Draw 3/1 (William Hill)
Arsenal 3/1 (Bet365)
Tottenham have been the poor relations in this fixture for so long that it still looks a little strange to see them as odds on favourites. However, there is simply no arguing against Tottenham being the stronger side by some distance. Asked on Sky Sports recently, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry said that Alexis Sanchez is the only Arsenal player who would get into this Spurs team but even the brilliant Chilean would struggle to relegate any of Pochettino’s starting XI to the bench.
While you can point to multiple weak points in the Arsenal team, there are few areas that Spurs need to improve on. They’ve got a world class goalkeeper, the Premier League’s best defence in terms of goals conceded, a combative yet creative midfield and lethal strikers. When you consider that Tottenham have the strongest home record in the league and that Arsenal are yet to beat any of the top nine away from home, Spurs must be considered good value at 19/20 with Betfair.
Draw 1-1 @ 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham 2-1 @ 17/2 (Bet365)
Tottenham 1-0 @ 11/1 (Bet365)
Tottenham 2-0 @ 11/1 (William Hill)
Draw 2-2 @ 12/1 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham 3-1 @ 14/1 (Bet365)
One of the main gripes that Arsenal fans have had with their team this season is a lack of competitiveness in the big games. Their poor record against the Premier League’s top half sides backs that view up but, in Arsenal’s defence, they have failed to score in just two away games so far. They’ve also scored in every game against the teams currently above them in the table and with the attacking talent in Wenger’s team, you’d have to fancy Arsenal to grab at least one goal at White Hart Lane.
Take that into account if you’re thinking about getting involved in the Correct Score market. Tottenham are the worthy favourites for the match but Arsenal are sure to have a say on the outcome. Of all the options available to you, we like the look of the 14/1 that Bet365 are quoting on Tottenham 3-1.
Pochettino’s side have shown a ruthless streak when getting up a head of steam on their opponents while Arsenal have crumbled too many times in the face of sustained pressure so Spurs should be fancied to rub salt in the wounds of the Gunners’ poor season.
Harry Kane 7/2 (Sky Bet)
Son Heung-Min 11/2 (William Hill)
Alexis Sanchez 6/1 (Boylesports)
Dele Alli 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Vincent Janssen 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
Olivier Giroud 13/2 (Coral)
Danny Welbeck 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Christian Eriksen 9/1 (Boylesports)
Big games require big players. Arsenal have stars who have done the business on the big stage before but it’s Tottenham who look to have the most match winners in their ranks. Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are both well fancied to get the game’s first goal with the bookies but the man we’re siding with is Dele Alli.
Alli recently won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the second time though many people believed that his performances for Spurs this season were good enough for him to win the main award. Alli’s 16 league goals included those that beat Chelsea earlier in the season and he can get scoring started at the Lane once more at 6/1 with Paddy Power.
Tottenham to win at 19/20 with Betfair
Dele Alli to score first at 6/1 with Paddy Power