Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Prediction: Tottenham vs Arsenal

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

Tottenham Hotspur look to throw a final punch into Arsenal’s disappointing season as Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to finish above fierce rivals for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s 21-year long reign.

Tottenham

Forthcoming north London derby will be of special importance for the home side as it is expected to be the final meeting with Arsenal at the famous White Hart lane ground. Spurs are about to move to Wembley temporarily until the new stadium is built and Spurs are keen to make the final meeting with Arsenal worthwhile. Hosts are also eager to record a win that would allow them to keep chase of league leaders Chelsea in the closing stages of the Premier League, which have brought forward quite a thrilling finish. Pochettino’s men welcome Gunners on the back of the eight-match winning run in English top flight and will be eager to keep the momentum going as they stand four points adrift of Chelsea in second. The FA Cup defeat to Chelsea a week ago did little to derail Spurs who fought hard to get back to winning ways against in-form Crystal Palace last time out. Harry Kane scored a winner to bring his tally to 20 goals this season and keep his side in good position up top. Ultimately, Spurs are extremely motivated to try and win the game against Arsenal as it is likely to be the final blow to their fierce rivals in a season that will see Tottenham finish above fierce London rivals for the first time in 21 years.

Team News

Danny Rose returned to training after a three-month layoff due to a knee injury, and England international could replace Ben Davies who deputized in his absence.

Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks and Michel Vorm continue to miss out due to respective injuries.

Arsenal

Frustrating stalemate in Thursday’s Manchester Derby will have pleased Gunners, who still have good chance of finishing within top four after all. Current season has seen Arsenal go from title contenders to Europa League hopefuls in the matter of months, whereas the frustrating campaign has been capped by the humiliating elimination from the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. Arsene Wenger subsequently suffered a barrage of criticism, but the Frenchman stood strong and still managed to seemingly recover as he opted to perform a sudden change in formation which even took the most faithful of fans by surprise. Three-man defense and a change in approach saw Gunners record three wins on the bounce, including a morale-boosting FA Cup semifinal triumph against Manchester City which will have made slight amends for Arsenal’s dire form this season. Arsene Wenger’s men will find little solace in their FA Cup success given the fact they head into the north London clash trailing Spurs by huge 14 points, albeit with a game in hand. There is more than pride at stake here as Arsenal look to record a win that would effectively put another big spin on the top-four battle.

Team News

Defenders Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi are both ruled out due to a knee injury and a thigh problem, respectively.

David Ospina is lacking match fitness and is likely to miss the clash, whereas Lucas Perez is still some way off from making a return from his thigh injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham are enjoying an 8-match winning run in the Premier League
  • Spurs are yet to suffer a home defeat this season
  • Arsenal lost only 1 of their last 6 matches in all competitions
  • Harry Kane scored 20 goals in the Premier League this season
  • Last three north London derbies ended in a stalemate

Conclusion

Final north London derby at White Hart Lane promises to be a highly-contested affair with both sides having plenty to fight for. Spurs look to pile pressure on leaders Chelsea, whereas Arsenal are keen to put another twist on the top-four race and there is no doubt that we are in for a proper cracker.

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

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