Thursday, December 8, 2022

Prediction: Arsenal vs Tottenham

Verdict: Over 1.5 goals in the second-half

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

With all eyes falling on north London this weekend, Arsenal will welcome bitter rivals Tottenham to the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.

Arsenal

Starting with the hosts, while Arsenal might have seen their 100% start to the 2022/23 campaign come to an abrupt end away at Manchester United on September 4th, Mikel Arteta’s men have managed to prove that was just a minor blip. Last seen heading into the international break with another stellar display as they picked up a 3-0 romp against Brentford, the Gunners should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Marking their return to action on Saturday lunchtime holding a one-point buffer at the top of the table, some have even tipped Arsenal to finally clinch a Champions League return this season. Likewise, opening their Europa League adventure with a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Zurich, Arteta’s youngsters have won seven of their opening eight matchups across all competitions. It should also be highlighted, continuing on from the summer break, Saturday’s hosts have won each of their previous six Premier League showdowns at the Emirates.

Team News

Arsenal are still sweating over the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney once again this weekend.

However, despite dealing with a recent knee issue, the Gunners remain hopeful that Thomas Partey could feature on Saturday lunchtime. Likewise, skipper Martin Odegaard is likely to return to Arteta’s starting XI here.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, heading into the international break with an action-packed display at home against Leicester, Tottenham have continued to gain a string of plaudits since opening the 2022/23 campaign. Last seen on September 17th when picking up a 6-2 victory in north London, Antonio Conte’s men are one of just two Premier League sides who are unbeaten in their opening seven top-flight matchups. Quickly impressing with their recent displays in the final third, Spurs should also be boosted by their most recent meeting against the Gunners. It should be noted, when the two English giants last faced off on May 12th, the one-time Chelsea boss saw his side cruise their way to a 3-0 romp on home soil. Looking to spring an upset on their return to action here, Conte will be calling on attacking talisman Harry Kane to spearhead their charge. Along with finding the net on international duties earlier in the week, the 29-year-old has already notched six Premier League strikes.

Team News

Bagging a stunning hat-trick after coming off the bench against Leicester prior to the international break, Son Heung-min looks set for a full recall on Saturday lunchtime.

Withdrawing from the France squad last week due to an injury issue, Tottenham are sweating over the fitness of Hugo Lloris. Summer arrival Fraser Forster could replace the 35-year-old here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off on May 12th, Tottenham picked up a 3-0 victory on home soil.
    • Arsenal have won seven of their opening eight matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, continuing on from last season, the Gunners have won each of their previous six Premier League appearances at the Emirates.
    • Tottenham are one of just two Premier League sides who are unbeaten in their opening seven top-flight contests.
    • Harry Kane has bagged six Premier League strikes from his opening seven appearances.

    Conclusion

    As both sides entered the international break with their own thumping victories, neutrals from across the Premier League will be hoping for another lively affair on Saturday lunchtime. With Spurs last seen on September 17th picking up an action-packed 6-2 victory at home against Leicester, Conte’s men will also be boosted by their most recent showdown against the Gunners. However, despite landing a 3-0 romp when they last faced off against Arsenal back in May, Tottenham will know that they face a tough task when they travel across north London. With Arteta’s side making their return to action holding a one-point buffer at the top of the table, Saturday’s hosts have also impressed with their free-scoring displays. It should be noted, with their last five meetings at the Emirates producing 19 strikes, we’re backing what could be another enjoyable showdown here.

    Verdict: Over 1.5 goals in the second-half

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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