It’s the most hotly anticipated North London derby in years as Champions League hopefuls Tottenham (13/10) and Arsenal (11/5, draw 11/5) clash at White Hart Lane.
After years of misery and constant gloating from Gunners fans, Spurs have really turned their derby form around and have not lost in four league meetings on their own patch, however they are yet to finish above their arch rivals in the Premier League, do it this season and you’d have to think that lucrative top four position will be theirs.
Helping Tottenham on their way has been Gareth Bale (5/1 FGS); the Welsh winger has been absolutely sensational of late but if Arsene Wenger has done his homework then they can stifle him and really restrict their chief route to goal.
The question is, just how do you stop him at the minute? Incredibly, only Leeds and Lyon have managed to stop the former Southampton man from scoring in the last eight games, and even then he still managed to set up a goal at Elland Road.
Regulars at the Lane won’t care one jot that it’s just Bale scoring, but I’m sure Andre Villas-Boas would’ve wanted more out of the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor (13/2) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (12/1); if they want to seriously challenge the Manchester teams next season then they need more than just one player getting the goals.
That man Adebayor will certainly be pumped up for this game though; he has a habit of scoring in the big games and will cause problems for Arsenal’s defence with his strength – we’ve enhanced the Togo man scoring in a home win from 3/1 to 9/2.
The only problem with Adebayor though is you don’t know who will turn up, at the Emirates earlier in the season he got on the scoresheet but then committed a shocking tackle on Santi Cazorla (11/1) and was duly given his marching orders, it is 5/2 that there is a red card in this match.
Plenty have had a bit of a giggle at Arsenal’s demise in recent weeks, but in the league they are actually one of the form teams having only lost twice in their last 12 matches, but it’s fair to say they are not playing with the same swagger and panache that we’ve come to expect from an Arsene Wenger team.
It has not been easy for the Gunners as they’ve not had a settled team really all season long; Bacary Sagna has struggled for fitness and misses this game, Jack Wilshere (20/1) was barely involved in the first half of the season, Wojciech Szczesny missed a large chunk of the campaign, Olivier Giroud (8/1) took a while to settle – with the fans restless too you can sympathise a bit with Monsieur Wenger.
With just the top four to play for realistically now, they should be able to get some consistency within their team selection and the classy performances will surely start to show.
It would be just like the Gunners to come out fighting and produce something special at Spurs when everyone is writing them off, it is 16/5 that Arsenal win and there’s over 2.5 goals while in our new match result and both teams to score market it’s 4/1 on a Gunners victory, 3/1 that Spurs win and both teams score.
It is almost a guarantee that there will be goals; it is the second highest scoring Premier League fixture and in 12 of the last 13 matches between the teams there have been over 2.5 goals (8/13), both teams to score is short at 1/2 but can you see it not coming in?
Theo Walcott (8/1) enjoys himself in these games having scored in four of the last five derbies; we’ve enhanced the price on the England man scoring in an away win from 5/1 to 7/1.
In the correct score market I’d have a look at some high scoring results, 2-2 is 14/1 and a 3-3 draw is worth a quid or two at 66/1.
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