Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has shared his thoughts ahead of today’s North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
The sides meet at Wembley Stadium in this afternoon’s early kick off with Spurs looking to get back to winning ways after suffering consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since September.
North London bragging rights are always important, but the game is also significant as it could mean Spurs extend their points advantage over their rivals to seven points with a victory, however, a defeat would see the Woolwich narrow the gap to just a single point.
Harry Kane has scored eight goals in eight Premier League games between Spurs and Arsenal, a joint-record in the competition along with Emmanuel Adebayor (8 in 13 games) and fans will be hoping he can continue the trend today.
Owen believes that it will be Tottenham who comes out on top of the derby clash and tighten their grip on a top four finish.
He told BetVictor: “Arsenal came from behind to win the reverse fixture at the Emirates 4-2 back in December, but I expect their North London rivals to gain their revenge back at Wembley in another hugely entertaining derby.
“Spurs’ have won five of their last seven PL home games against the Gunners and will want to bounce back, having lost their last two PL games on the road this week. They take a three-goal lead to Dortmund midweek and the Champions League looks their only realistic chance of silverware this term.
“The Gunners meanwhile, have picked up six home points this week and a win for Unai Emery’s side would take them within a point of their neighbours.
“The away side have only won one of the last 16 north London derbies and Arsenal remain vulnerable on their travels. I feel Spurs will extend the gap between the sides to seven points in Saturday’s early kick-off.”
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