Thursday, September 19, 2019

Prediction: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Prediction: Both Teams To Score and Arsenal to Win

Odds: 11/4

Bookmaker: Bet365

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will be looking back to get to winning ways as they clash at the Emirates Stadium in the first North London derby of the season.

The two teams both suffered defeats in the Premier League last time out and will be extremely keen to turn their respective forms around with a satisfying win against their great rivals.

Arsenal

Having previously been one of only two teams in the Premier League left with a perfect record, that was abruptly ended last weekend against European champions Liverpool as they fell to a 3-1 defeat. With the loss, it means that Unai Emery’s troops have lost six away games since the turn of the year. In complete contrast however, the Gunners have been exemplary on home soil since the Spaniard took over the team. Since Emery’s arrival at the club, Arsenal have only lost two out of a possible twenty Premier League games – a record they will surely hope to extend against Tottenham at the weekend. Having said that, they have not kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games at the Emirates so that could potentially be an aspect that Spurs will attempt to target throughout the match. They currently sit third in the league table and with a win, could potentially go top.

Team News

The Gunners have a few defensive injury worries heading into the match with Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney , Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding all ruled out. Mesut Ozil could potentially make his first appearance of the season having been restricted the sidelines so far.

Tottenham Hotspur

It would be fair to suggest that Spurs are not quite in the best of health heading into a game of such magnitude. There are rumours surrounding the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino, whilst they come into the match having not yet convinced in any of their opening three league games of the season. After a 3-1 win against Aston Villa on the opening day, they earned a point at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-2 draw. They then fell to their first defeat of the season as they were shocked 1-0 by Newcastle United on home soil. Those results mean that Spurs have only managed one out of their last six games in Premier League action. As a matter of fact, they have lost nine league games alone since the turn of the year. The team have only kept five clean sheets in that time too so it looks a tough task to keep out Arsenal as they head to the Emirates Stadium.

Team News

Much like their hosts, there could be a much-changed defence for Spurs this weekend. Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters are ruled out with ankle and thigh injuries respectively, whilst Eric Dier is unlikely to be ready in time. Summer signings Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele are both out until at least mid-September with knocks. However, there is better news for Dele Alli who could return from a hamstring injury.

Key Facts To Consider

  • Arsenal have the better all-time record between the two teams (W82, D52, L64)
  • The last match between the two in March ended 1-1 with goals from Harry Kane and Aaron Ramsey
  • There has not been a 0-0 draw between the two sides in over ten years
  • Harry Kane has scored nine goals in only 11 appearances against the Gunners
  • Unai Emery has won 50% of his games against Mauricio Pochettino as a manager

Conclusion

Both teams this season will surely have aspirations of achieving UEFA Champions League football for next term and this clash really is a chance to put down a marker. Harry Kane is likely to be on the scoresheet once again but with Spurs being unsettled, the Gunners should secure victory.

Prediction: Both Teams To Score and Arsenal to Win

Odds: 11/4

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Orme


Daniel is currently a second-year football journalism student at the University of Derby. He has been freelance writing for approximately four years now and brings considerable experience. A season ticket holder at local club Leicester City, he witnessed the Foxes miraculously lifting the Premier League trophy in the 2015/16 campaign.

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