Tottenham v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Arsenal v Tottenham

Premier League: Sat, 02/03  Stadium: Wembley Stadium

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In the markets, an over 10 corners bet at evens (1/1) with Bet365 looks like excellent value as this has materialised in four out of their last five games. With this game likely to be a feisty affair with so much on the line and it being a derby, we also feel an over 4.5 cards market is good value at 4/5.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

The first of two big derbies this weekend takes place at Wembley as Tottenham welcome arch rivals Arsenal. The North London derby has witnessed many classic encounters and this clash promises to be no different as both teams continue their quest for a top four finish.

Until recently, Tottenham were still talking about an outside chance of winning the title. However two losses on the bounce have left Mauricio Pochettino’s looking the other way and fighting to ensure they still qualify for Europe’s top competition next season. The damage was done when they unexpectedly lost 2-1 away at Burnley, which prompted an irate Pochettino to lash out at referee Mike Dean and concede that their title challenge was over for another year. A 2-0 loss to fellow top four challengers Chelsea followed and has further highlighted the panic in the Spurs ranks with Kieran Trippier getting into an awful mix-up with his goalkeeper Lloris leading to Chelsea’s second goal. This has left Manchester United just five points behind Spurs with 10 games still left to go, and Arsenal can move to within a point of their rivals with victory.

Arsenal come in to this game in good form, having won four Premier League games in a row after their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the back end of January. A comprehensive 5-1 win over Bournemouth showed the football Arsenal can play when at their best and this coincided with an upturn in form for Mesut Ozil.

The German was the talisman alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan with both getting a goal apiece and helping The Gunners play the free-flowing football they are capable of. Unai Emery has done well to keep the Arsenal player focussed in his first season as 3-1 defeats to both Manchester teams exposed the shortcomings of past seasons. But the players have responded in the right way and a Champions League spot is crucial if Emery is to build on his first season and be able to attract the best players for next seasons campaign.

In team news, Spurs will be sweating on the fitness of Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks, with both players complaining about hip injuries. They will also have captain Harry Kane to lead the line after the England man was spared any retrospective action after his clash with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta. Dele Alli remains out as does Eric Dier. This will likely see Pochettino start with a similar 11 as he did against Chelsea, with Danny Rose potentially coming in over Ben Davies, who didn’t have the best game.

Arsenal will be assessing the fitness of Laurent Koscielny after the Frenchman picked up a knock against Bournemouth. Emery will also hope that full-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both available having missed their previous game. The big question for Arsenal would be whether they strengthen their midfield with five players or start both Aubameyang and Lacazette to aggressively go for the victory.

Recent Premier League games between these two have seen both achieve success in equal measure, with two wins apiece and a draw. The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Arsenal win a thrilling game 4-2. With both teams heading for a stalemate at 2-2, Arsenal grabbed victory with late goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira. Spurs however did avenge that defeat by winning 2-0 at The Emirates in the League Cup with goals from Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son.

Given the fine balance of proceedings for the top four, it is Arsenal who need to maintain momentum and strive for victory as anything other than a win could see Manchester United leapfrog them into fourth place. This means that Unai Emery has to be aggressive at some stage in the game in order to keep their top four hopes in their own hands. However the start of the game is likely to be more cagier as both teams settle into the game.

In the markets, an over 10 corners bet at evens (1/1) with Bet365 looks like excellent value as this has materialised in four out of their last five games. With this game likely to be a feisty affair with so much on the line and it being a derby, we also feel an over 4.5 cards market is good value at 4/5.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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