Arsenal are on the road on Thursday as they head across north London to face bitter adversaries Tottenham, and they will be eager to clinch a coveted top-four spot.
The Gunners have been in Tottenham’s shadow for the past five seasons, and Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking to make their first Champions League appearance in six years, which is surprising for a club of Arsenal’s stature who generally have solid Premier League odds of winning it all each year.
After seeing Tottenham gain a creditable point in a 1-1 tie away to Liverpool last Saturday, Arsenal responded less than 24 hours later by seeing off Leeds 2-1 at home, and the Gunners have built up steam.
North London derbies are always combustible fixtures, and this is arguably the biggest clash between these two sides in years.
This game will be a must-watch for the neutral, and the stakes couldn’t be much higher. I have handpicked a couple of intriguing tips for you to mull over ahead of kick-off.
Tottenham to Gain Revenge
Tottenham may be wondering how they didn’t pick up all three points against Liverpool. Although there was some last-ditch defending at times, they looked lively on the counter-attack.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who hit the post in the first half, tried to pick out a teammate in the box with a header towards the end of the game when he should have opted to go for goal himself.
Nevertheless, Tottenham produced a courageous display, and they are now undefeated in four league games against the Premier League superpowers Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
Earlier this season, Tottenham were rather flat at the Emirates. This was encapsulated by a 3-1 defeat, as the Gunners were out of sight within the first 34 minutes. Despite trying to stage a late fightback, it was all in vain, and Tottenham were second best that day.
Tottenham’s home record against Arsenal is impressive. Their last league defeat at home to the Gunners came over eight years ago, and they should be confident of extending that record. Antonio Conte’s men will want to take the top four race right down to the final day, and they could emerge victorious.
The Correct Score market offers some value, and I like the +775 EPL betting odds for Tottenham to win 2-1.
Harry Kane to Break the Deadlock
For a player of Harry Kane’s caliber, it is a surprise to see his goals return slide this season, as he only has 13 to his name, which is far from prolific.
But Kane has added more attributes to his game, and he is instrumental. He has been more creative this season, and he has supplied eight assists, which shouldn’t be overlooked.
Invariably, Kane scores against Arsenal, and he holds the record of netting the most goals in north London derbies (11), so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him hit the target against the Gunners.
He is razor-sharp in front of goal, and he doesn’t usually need many chances. Although the Gunners have reeled off wins in each of their past four league outings, they have failed to keep a clean sheet over that period.
I think Kane will be desperate to silence the traveling away fans, and his +350 price to be the game’s First Goalscorer is worth following up on.