Obviously the big match this weekend is the famous North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates, and this year’s version is set to be even more important than usual. The Gunners have the home advantage but surprisingly earlier this week in the 888Sport Arsenal v Tottenham betting odds both sides were equally priced at around 7/5.
But as we have gotten closer to the game, the money seems to be favouring a win for the Gunners, as they have been brought down to 13/10 favourites – while the high-flying Spurs side have gone out to 15/8. Considering the recent form of both sides this seems to be a short price on the home win in my mind.
But if yoou prefer to look at recent head-to-head history between the sides, you will find that the last three meetings between these rivals at the Emirates have all ended as 1-1 draws. What are the odds on that happening once again? Well the draw price is 49/20 but the exact 1-1 scoreline with 888Sport is a much more generous 23/4 and is probably worth a bet.
The importance of this fixture to both sides cannot be over-estimated with this being one of the oldest rivalries in English football, but this season, with the Lilywhites already 4 points ahead of Arsenal in the League table, the Gunners can’t afford to let their rivals open up a bigger gap, while Arsene Wenger’s side will be desperate to move back into contention for a Top Four finish by taking all 3 points. Last season, Tottenham finished above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years and Wenger can’t afford them to get too far ahead in the title race again this season.
The international break hasn’t been kind to Arsenal, with Olivier Giroud being a major doubt, although he would probably only have started on the bench anyway. But more worrying is the other news from the French camp that Laurent Koscielny has had a recurrence of his ongoing achilles problem. If the Gunners top defender misses the match the free-scoring Harry Kane could get much more space in the Arsenal penalty box. His record of 6 goals against Arsenal in his 6 games against them is very worrying for the home side.
The biggest injury worries for Spurs are the fact that both their first choice goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm have been out of action for a while, and with Arsenal probably lining up with Lacazette and Alexis in the front line my most likely bet for this game would be a draw with both sides to score. This is priced at 16/5 at the moment.
I am desperately hoping for an Arsenal win but it is difficult to be confident right now….