Arsenal and Tottenham contest the first North London derby of the Premier League season, bringing game week four to an end on Sunday afternoon. Both sides come into this highly-charged clash on the back of defeats. Few would have been surprised to see Arsenal lose out to Liverpool but Newcastle’s 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was a significant shock.
Arsenal vs Tottenham – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 16:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Martin Atkinson
TV Channel / Live Stream: This North London derby concludes Sky’s Super Sunday coverage. It will be available to subscribers on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD. SkyGo customers will also be able to tune in to the action. Coverage begins at 4pm.
Arsenal vs Tottenham – The Form Guide
Arsenal saw their winning start to the campaign brought to an emphatic end at Anfield last time out. That said, there are plenty of positives for Unai Emery’s side who look a real attacking force after a brisk summer transfer window. Defensively the Gunners still have work to do though, as do Sunday’s opponents Tottenham.
Spurs struggled to break down Newcastle on home soil while allowing the Magpies several presentable chances. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were made to pay for that lacklustre display – hardly ideal preparation for this derby encounter.
Last season’s 1-1 draw at Wembley was the first time that the teams had shared the spoils in six head-to-head meetings. Tottenham won three of those previous encounters with Arsenal triumphing in the other two.
What is the Team News?
Neither side had midweek Carabao Cup commitments to worry about due to their European obligations this term.
Arsenal are still without the services of Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos. Summer signing Kieran Tierney isn’t expected to return to training until October. Mesut Ozil remains a doubt for the home side after missing the defeat at Anfield last Sunday.
Tottenham midfielder Tanguay Ndombele missed last weekend’s defeat to Newcastle and remains doubtful. Kyle Walker-Peters picked up a hamstring injury in that game and could miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium. With Serge Aurier seemingly out of favour and Juan Foyth recovering from a pre-season ankle injury, that leaves Pochettino with something of a crisis at right-back.
The Argentinian coach spoke of the squad’s distraction due to the uncertainty of Christian Eriksen’s situation. It remains to be seen if the Danish playmaker will start in this high-pressure clash. Dele Alli is nearing a return to the first team as the England international recovers from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal Predicted line-up: Leno; Monreal, Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos; Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Tottenham line-up: Lloris; Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sissoko; Winks, Ndombele, Alli; Eriksen, Kane, Son.
Arsenal are 27/20 (2.35) favourites with 888Sport to claim the local bragging rights. There isn’t much between the team according to the bookmakers though. Tottenham can be backed at 19/10 (2.90) to come out on top with the draw trading at 5/2 (3.50).
Harry Kane has scored in four of his last five starts against the Gunners. The England captain is a best price 5/4 (2.25) with 888Sport to make his mark in this one. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 11/10 (2.10) favourite in that market ahead of Kane and teammate Alexandre Lacazette at 8/5 (2.60).
With defensive injuries on both sides, this game could yield plenty of goals. Newcastle’s defensive approach paid dividends against Spurs last time out but Arsenal should be much more adventurous, especially on home soil.
The forwards should be in for an enjoyable afternoon. With little to choose between the teams a 2-2 draw at 19/2 (10.50) looks the best option for a correct score wager.
Both teams to score has only paid out in two of the last six meetings in all competitions but it looks a banker here at 4/9 (1.44). That’s solid accumulator material but those seeking a single selection for the match should be more ambitious with the goal lines.
Dele Alli’s probable return should boost Spurs’ attacking options but the visitors’ issues at right-back make them vulnerable. Arsenal continue to look much more comfortable going forward than they do in defence and backing an open game is a good option.
888Sport are 31/20 (2.55) about four or more goals in the game and that looks a solid selection. Neither team have convinced defensively and a high-scoring, entertaining game appears the best way to go for punters. Both teams to score in both halves is worthy of a smaller stake at 15/2 (8.50) with the same firm.
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