Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: Bragging Rights and more up for grabs

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After some varied displays in the domestic cup competitions over the last ten days, it will be good to return to the Premier League. It is, however, a tough fixture in this Sunday 4.30pm kick off with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal travelling to the new White Hart Lane.

For many, it’s the fixture that they look forward to more than anything else but others will be extremely nervous across the 90 minutes. Let’s take a look at what we might expect from the latest edition of the North London Derby.

Team News

Son Heung-Min continues to sit on the sidelines with the muscle injury that could see him ruled out until February. Cristian Romero will also be missing as he continues to recover from his long term hamstring injury.

As for Steven Bergwijn and Eric Dier who have been missing from the squad in recent days, there is no confirmed news at present. As kick off draws closer, the official updated from the club’s official website should clear things up

The expected return of Hugo Lloris in goal will be welcomed by many and there should be other changes from the XI that started against Chelsea on Wednesday night. As yet, there are no new faces for Antonio Conte to choose from as we approach the halfway point in the January transfer window.

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Match Odds

There are odds-against numbers on all three prices in the match result betting with Spurs starting as favourites. The best odds on the home win currently stand at 31/20 with Unibet while victory for our opponents comes in at a top price of 133/67 with VBet.

Completing the picture here is the draw which is quoted at a best of 12/5 with Betway and QuinnBet.

There’s little to split the teams in the league table but, while Tottenham have had their issues in the cup competitions, we are edging the form guide. Across the last six games, Spurs are second only to Manchester City with 14 points. Admittedly, Arsenal are only just behind on 12 points but that’s an encouraging stat and one that might help us move on from the disappointing displays in the EFL Cup.

Side Markets

If you did want to get involved with betting on Arsenal’s strikers (and why would you…) the team news should be checked. Apparently there has been some dissent in the camp.

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Harry Kane

As for the figures that have been published in the first goalscorer betting, Harry Kane starts things off at 4/1 with Unibet while Alexandre Lacazette follows at 6/1 with Unibet again. Without Son Heung-Min, Tottenham’s potency is reduced and that’s why a number of opposition players follow.

There are, however, some options within the Spurs camp and they include Dane Scarlett at 7/1 with Unibet, Lucas Moura at 17/2 with Ladbrokes, Dele Alli at 10/1 with VBet and Bryan Gil at 11/1 with Unibet.

Away from the individual players, Both Teams to Score is quoted for Sunday’s game at best odds of 13/17 with 10Bet. We can always expect that to be short but, if you want to take ‘No’ on BTTS this time, you can push to a price of 15/13 with VBet.

Over in the Total Goals section, a stake Over the 2.5 line will currently return a best of Even Money with 10Bet. It’s rare for this market to hit an Even Money figure and it could be worth considering going Under that 2.5 mark for odds of 5/6 with Coral and Quinnbet.

Alternatively, by pushing to Over 3.5 goals, we can get to 23/10 with MansionBet and SportNation.

All of this leaves us with our regular suggestions in the Correct Score betting. If you’re hopeful and optimistic about our chances, a 2-1 win for Spurs is on offer at 9/1 with BetFred. Alternatively, the same scoreline as an away win is listed at 10/1 with 888Sport while the 1-1 draw is available at best odds of 25/4 with MansionBet and 10Bet.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture in the 2020/21 season resulted in a comfortable 2-0 win for Spurs with Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane notching the goals. Sonny and Harry were at the peak of their powers around this point – assisting and scoring as we kept in touch with the top of the EPL table.

The ability to beat the bigger teams had eluded several managers until Mauricio Pochettino came along and our head to head stats stood up against any club during his tenure. The worry that we can’t overcome the top six with such regularity is one of the reasons why we’ve been so uneasy since Poch left.

But I digress: While Tottenham have lost their last two league games against Sunday’s opponents, we have only lost four of our last 14 in all competitions going back to November 2015. Of course, it’s all about winning the next one.

Verdict

Having been reminded that Kane and Son made the difference in last season’s corresponding fixture, it underlines our concerns about Sonny sitting this one out. We have Harry left but the two come as a package and the service to our main striker is lacking right now.

In fact, aside from Kane and Lucas Moura, just where are the goals coming from?

But let’s not be too pessimistic: Of course we can win this with Hugo and others coming back into the side. It may be tight, however, so we’ll start our round of suggestions by betting Under the 2.5 goal line.

We’ll avoid choosing a goal scorer bet for the reasons listed above so we’ll stay with two picks this time. Taking the ‘No’ bet on Both Teams to Score is also one to consider. Hopefully, it will be a narrow win with the away team being shut out at the end of 90 minutes.

Best Bets:

  • Under 2.5 Goals at 5/6 with Coral
  • Both Teams to Score – Bet ‘No’ at 15/13 with VBet

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