‘Big statement’ – BBC pundit offers score prediction for Tottenham vs Arsenal

Chris Sutton has predicted that Arsenal will brush their north London rivals aside at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The North London derby is undoubtedly the biggest game of Tottenham’s season so far, with the Lilywhites sitting 11 points behind their fierce rivals in the Premier League table.

A win for Mikel Arteta’s men on Sunday will see them build a healthy gap over their north London rivals, essentially almost guaranteeing that they would finish above Spurs for the first time since 2016.

However, Tottenham will take heart from the fact that they brushed Arsenal aside 3-0 in the same game last season and Ben Davies insisted on Wednesday that he and his teammates are viewing the clash as an opportunity to close the gap on the table toppers (talkSPORT).

Sutton believes that it will once again be a 3-0 score line at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but with the visitors emerging victorious this time.

The former Celtic forward told BBC Sport about Sunday’s clash: “I am looking forward to this game and it will be interesting enough just to watch the technical areas when Antonio Conte and Mikel Arteta are both out there.

“I don’t think Conte will appreciate Arteta’s antics if he behaves like he did in Arsenal’s draw with Newcastle, so that will be worth keeping an eye on.

“On the pitch, it might be far less of a contest. Arsenal are a much better team, and for most of the season Tottenham’s performances have just not been good enough.

“Spurs might step things up here, of course, because it means so much to both sets of fans that they won’t be able to just lie down – but I’ve had enough of saying they will turn the corner soon, and I’m sick of Conte’s excuses when they play poorly. They don’t deserve me to predict a positive result for them.

“I think a lot of Tottenham fans are sick and tired of Conte’s brand of football too – they are bland and unexciting, while Arsenal are the complete opposite, even with Gabriel Jesus out injured. I can see the Gunners making a big statement on Sunday, on Tottenham’s own patch. Prediction: 0-3.”

Antonio Conte
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There is no doubt that Arsenal come into this game as favourites, given the form they have been in since the start of the season. However, there is no chance that the game on Sunday will be as one-sided as Sutton suggests and I certainly expect us to get on the scoresheet on a couple of occasions.

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