2016/17 Premier League
Published: 09:56 20/04/2011
Tottenham are looking to record a third consecutive league win against North London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Wednesday in the push for a Champions League place.
This is Spurs’ game in hand to fourth place Manchester City and a win against the title chasing Gunners will put them level points in the battle for that all-important Champions League spot. Harry Redknapp’s side is still smarting from the Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid, not too dissimilar to when these sides met at White Hart Lane last April. Tottenham had just been knocked out of the FA cup at the semi-final stage by Portsmouth and reacted by beating Arsenal 2-1, their first league win over their close neighbours in over ten years.
Wenger still believes Arsenal can catch Manchester United to claim his first silverware since winning the FA Cup in 2005. United’s draw at Newcastle on Tuesday has left a glimmer of hope, but the Gunners remain seven points adrift of the leaders and must surely win this game in hand or say goodbye to any realistic hopes of overtaking the Reds in the remaining five games.
The stage is set for another North London thriller and bookmakers have found it difficult knowing which side to favour. Arsenal have been given the slight edge and are best priced at 8/5 with Paddy Power, 888sport and Blue Square. Spurs are available at 15/8 with Boylesports and Victor Chandler. The draw is 5/2 with Stan James and Victor Chandler.
PFA Player of the Year, Gareth Bale will be looking to celebrate his being honoured by his fellow professionals by getting his name on the score sheet again. Bale score the winning goal in the corresponding fixture last season and score the first comeback goal at the Emirates when Spurs came from two behind to beat Arsenal 3-2 in November. Bale can be bet at odds of 10/1, including Unibet who like to offer the best first goalscorer odds for most of the favourites. The flying wideman is around 3/1 to score at anytime with Extrabet going a little better at odds of 7/2.
Peter Crouch is back from suspension and Steven Pienaar has recoverd from his groin problem, both will be hopeful of getting a start.
Niko Kranjcar remains doubtful after injuring his foot while Alan Hutton, Wilson Palacios, Gareth Woodgate and Ledley King are all sidelined.
Wenger is expected to play Bacary Sagna at right back, his recovery from a knee problem means Emmanual Eboue could miss out. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has been passed fit and the Arsenal boss also has the option of playing fit-again midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Denilson.