Saturday sees the second North London derby of the Premier League 2014/15 season take place between Tottenham and Arsenal, so Freebets.com preview the betting opportunities for the crucial game at White Hart Lane.
The two bitter rivals head into the latest derby fixture fighting to get themselves into the top four of the table. Spurs sit two points adrift of their local rivals despite having won the same number of games this season (12), Arsenal on level points with fourth-placed Southampton who have won one more game than both.
Arsenal will have Gabriel Paulista at their disposal after the Gunners paid £11.3million for the Brazilian defender from Villarreal, while 18-year-old MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli was Tottenham Hotspur’s only purchase on transfer deadline day.
The eagerly-anticipated match will kick off at White Hart Lane at 12.45pm, televised live on BT Sport.
Who Will Win?
In the past 10 league meetings between the two great rivals, both Arsenal and Spurs have won four games each from the last 10 while the remaining two ended as draws.
The most recent clash between the two in September 2014 was one of those draws, which ended 1-1 after Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s goal.
Overall statistics says that Arsenal have won 17 Premier League North London derbies since 1992 compared to Tottenham’s nine, Arsenal the 5/4 favourites with Paddy Power while many bookmakers offer odds of 9/4 best for a Tottenham win.
Will There Be Goals?
The last 13 ties between Tottenham and Arsenal have all produced at least one goal, while 2012 famously saw Arsenal win 5-2 on two occasions.
The last four games in all competitions between both have not proved to be such goal-fests however, all ending with under 2.5 goals which BetVictor price at 6/5 to be the case again.
Who Will Score?
For the home side, the bookmakers look straight to Harry Kane at 8/5 (Bet365) to score anytime for Spurs during the match, the youngster hoping to add further to his goal tally of 10 in the league so far this season.
Alexis Sanchez is Arsenal’s star performer this season meanwhile with 12 goals in the league alone already, while Santi Cazorla would be the penalty taker for the Gunners having netted three in his side’s last five league ties.
Statistics state that Emmanuel Adebayor has scored eight goals in North London derbies in the Premier League, having played for both clubs of course during his Premier League career. Whether he will get to play on Saturday at any stage for Spurs remains a mystery, what with Kane now being Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred frontman.
Olivier Giroud has netted in both of his last two Premier League games and should get the nod to start over Danny Welbeck, who may return from injury to play his part still.
Correct Score Prediction:
Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (7/1 BetVictor)