Carling Cup: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Preview

Tags: Football

Published: 15:28 21/09/2010

It’s a north London ding-dong on Tuesday night as Arsenal make the short trip to face bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup. Both sides have had decidedly mixed starts to the 2010/2011 campaign but with local pride at stake Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger’s teams will be desperate to win this one. Spurs got back on track at the weekend with a 3-1 win over Wolves. After trailing 1-0 to Mick McCarthy’s team, they stormed back with goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Scottish international right-back Alan Hutton. This came after a topsy turvy first ever Champions League encounter away at Werder Bremen, where Spurs threw away a 2-0 lead, stumbling to a 2-all draw. The last week has also been less than straight forward for the Gunners and boss Arsene Wenger. After smashing a woeful Sporting Braga team 6-0 at the Emirates they laboured at Sunderland on Saturday. Following a freak Cesc Fabregas goal, Alex Song was giving his marching orders and Tomas Rosicky missed a penalty before Darren Bent fired home a 95th minute equaliser. The myopic Wenger appeared to lay his hand on fourth official Martin Atkinson and has since been charged by the FA. There have been some fantastic, high-scoring encounters between these two in recent years and bookmaker Blue Square is offering odds of 7/4 on there being more than 3 goals in this one. The game is live on Sky Sports 2 with kick-off at 7.45pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change