How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Arsenal 11/10, Draw 12/5, Tottenham 27/10 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud (ARS) 9/2, Alexis Sanchez (ARS) 9/2, Theo Walcott (ARS) 11/2, Son Heung-min (TOT) 13/2 - Coral
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 13/2, Arsenal 2-1 15/2, Arsenal 1-0 8/1, Arsenal 2-0 10/1 - Paddy Power
- Arsenal have not lost in any competition since their opening Premier League game of the season against Liverpool. A 4-1 victory away to Sunderland last weekend left them level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table, and they kept up their good form with a 3-2 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the last 16.
- Tottenham are three points behind Arsenal in the Premier League but remain the only unbeaten team in the division after a series of consistent performances. They have the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just five times in ten games, but have slipped slightly off the pace in the last few weeks after being held to draws by West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth and Leicester City.
- Both of the Premier League matches between the sides last season finished as draws - it was 1-1 in the equivalent fixture at the Emirates and 2-2 at White Hart Lane. The match at Arsenal two seasons ago also ended 1-1, and Tottenham’s only win away to the Gunners in the last 23 years was their 3-2 triumph in 2010.
Tottenham are a terrifically well-organised team who have not been beaten yet in the league this season and were superb in arguably their biggest game so far this term, a 2-0 victory over Manchester City last month. They have the defensive discipline to keep Arsenal at bay and talented attackers to nick a goal or two at the other end, but most of the key factors would appear to be in favour of Arsene Wenger’s side ahead of kick-off.
While Spurs have just begun to stutter in recent weeks, Arsenal have been getting better and better and have been more potent in front of goal, perhaps most notably overcoming Chelsea 3-0. The likes of Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey have hit the ground running after returning from injury, increasing the competition for places. By contrast, Tottenham are still sweating on the fitness of key players Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld and do not look anywhere near as strong without them.
Arsenal will also have had an extra day’s rest following their respective Champions League fixtures in midweek, and their recent history against Spurs will inspire them with confidence. If you’re looking for better odds than a straight punt on Arsenal, it could also be well worth backing both teams to score in what should be a blood-and-thunder derby.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Arsenal to win and both teams to score - 11/4 at William Hill
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.