Free tips Premier League Tips: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm)
Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip to the Emirates for the first North London Derby of the season. Can Arsenal end their recent winless run against their heated rivals?
Here are our betting tips and predictions for the Premier League clash.
Arsenal v Tottenham Match Prediction
Tottenham to win 15/8 – Paddy Power
Arsenal v Tottenham Best Bet
Half-Time/Full Time Result – Draw/Spurs at 6/1 – bet365
Arsenal v Tottenham Past Meetings
Spurs won the last encounter between these two at White Hart Lane thanks to two second half goals in three minutes. Dele Alli scored the first in the 55th before Harry Kane stroked in a penalty shortly after.
At the Emirates, they shared the spoils. A Kevin Wimmer own goal gave the home side the lead just before the break, but Spurs hit back and got an equaliser through another Harry Kane penalty in the second half.
Arsenal v Tottenham Stats
Spurs are on a six-game unbeaten run against the Gunners in the Premier League.
But it’s seven years since the Lilywhites last one at their rival’s ground.
The last three head to heads at Arsenal’s home have ended 1-1.
Kane has scored six goals in his last five league games against the Gunners, netting in every match.
Arsenal v Tottenham Team News
Olivier Giroud is a major doubt for Arsenal with a thigh injury picked up on international duty, though the France striker was unlikely to start the derby. Rob Holding is unlikely to return, but there is hope for David Ospina and Shkodran Mustafi.
Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm are both out along with defenders Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle), while Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli and Harry Kane are battling to return.
Reason for Arsenal v Tottenham Bets
Saturday’s matchup presents one of the fiercest rivalries in both the Premier League and world football. Tottenham’s rise in recent years has added extra spice, with both teams fighting for the same thing: a top four spot and to challenge for the title. They’re no longer just rivals geographically, but also in their league standings. The men in white have gone six games without defeat against Arsenal, but they haven’t taken points away from home since 2010. Naturally, home advantage is heightened in these fixtures, with the fans typically more vociferous than ever.
Over the last decade, this fixture has produced some of the matches of the season: the 4-4 draw in 2008 and that David Bentley volley; Spurs’ second-half comeback in 2010 to win 3-2 at the Emirates; and the Gunners 5-2 mauling after Adebayor was sent off in 2012. However Spurs’ improved defensive capabilities, coupled with the Gunners’ increased respect of their rivals, has led to cagier affairs – still full of energy and tension, but less open than before. The proof is in the goals being scored: two penalties, an own goal, and a couple of Harry Kane wonder strikes have been needed in recent seasons.
This fixture may end up being more open this time round, however. Manchester City have already opened up a gap at the top, and dropping more points is almost fatal. Both teams simply need to win. Nevertheless, don’t expect them to go gun-ho from the off. Both teams will use the first half to gauge potential areas to exploit and not concede. Spurs have proven to be incredibly disciplined this season, so expect them to nick the win at 15/8 with Paddy Power. For even better value, back a draw at half-time but Spurs to win at 6/1 with Bet365.