Arsenal vs Tottenham: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5:03 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 5:03 PM UTC

Tempers should flare up in a pulsating derby on Sunday...
<div><div><div><div id=":om"><div id=":ol"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Arsenal v Tottenham</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday, September 1, at The Emirates</strong></a></p><p>Sunday’s North London derby promises to be an enthralling clash between two fierce rivals. Arsenal spent around £130 million in the summer in an effort to close the gap on their noisy neighbours, and they won their opening two games of the season. Yet they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield last time out, and manager Unai Emery’s tactics were widely panned. Yet they will take comfort from their strong record against Spurs last season. They beat them 4-2 at The Emirates, and they were unlucky to leave with just a point when the teams played at Wembley, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty.</p><p>Spurs also made a strong start to the new campaign, as they produced a strong comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-1 and then held champions Man City to a 2-2 draw at The Etihad. Yet they suffered a shock defeat at home against relegation candidates Newcastle in their last game. Their lack of pace down the flanks was exposed, and they struggled for creativity after leaving wantaway star Christian Eriksen on the bench. Fans will be desperate for them to rally in time for the trip to The Emirates, and they can be full of optimism when looking at Harry Kane’s record against the Gunners.</p><p><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Arsenal will still be without Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, so they are likely to persist with a back four of Nacho Monreal, David Luiz, Sokratis and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Luiz was at fault for two of Liverpool’s goals at the weekend, but Arsenal really have no other options, unless they turn to Callum Chambers. Monreal has been linked with a move to Spain, so Sead Kolasinac could come in at left-back. Kolasinac has only made one substitute appearance since he was the victim of a failed carjacking. Mesut Ozil was also in that car and he is yet to feature this season.</p><p>Emery will have to decide whether to field Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, or leave one of them on the bench to bolster the midfield. Youngster Joe Willock has been an ever present so far this season, but fans might hope to see the tigerish Lucas Torreira replace him in the team. Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos are expected to start in midfield.</p><p>Spurs could welcome England midfielder Dele Alli back into the fold in time for this game, although Mauricio Pochettino might prefer to leave him on the bench. The big dilemma surrounds Eriksen, who has refused to sign a new contract. He wants to force through a move to Spain before the transfer window closes, and Pochettino could be without him again. He may turn to loanee Giovani Lo Celso to provide creativity.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Arsenal are the 2.40 (7/5) favourites to win this game and they are a popular choice among punters. But it is risky to bet on the Gunners in big games, as we saw in their Europa League final against Chelsea. Spurs are 2.90 (19/10) underdogs, which is a long price on such a talented team. Yet it seems best to avoid the outrights and look elsewhere. Kane is 5/4 (2.25) to score at any time, which looks great, and goals options look appealing.</p><p><a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Boyle Sports"><strong>Tip: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5) with Boyle Sports</strong></a></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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