This is turning out to be a much better season than any of us expected and incredibly if we beat Tottenham this weekend we could end up just one point below them in Third, and the following week we beat Man United, we are suddenly real contenders again, in fact probably favourites to make the Top Three, never mind Top Four!
But right now that is just conjecture, but it is not such a wild fantasy that we thought it was just a few weeks ago. The Spuds confidence must be shot after losing to Burnley and then getting trounced by their closest rivals Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday night. They were 10 points ahead of us a few weeks ago, but now they are looking at us getting right up within touching distance and they are definitely going to be nervous, especially when they think of the way we embarrassed them at the Emirates earlier this season when we were being written off as no-hopers. Arsenal were outsiders that day but we easily upset the odds. On Saturday, Spurs are yet again hot favourites at 11/10 but why can’t we give them another shock?
But having said that, we have to note that Tottenham’s two latest defeats were away from home, although the venue has not made much difference to them this season, and they now have four defeats away and four at home. But form in front of their home fans must be taken into account, so let’s look at their recent form at Wembley….
Other than the strange Wolves game, their only home defeats have been to Liverpool, City and United so they are hardly bad, but comparing that with Arsenal’s away form would make the Spuds even hotter favourites to win this game. ..
At least Arsenal finally broke the away jinx with the win at Huddersfield, and we have since won our last three games as well. We look like we are getting into our stride and playing with confidence again. And of course when it comes to a North London derby the venue doesn’t really mean anything, and I have the feeling that the Lilywhites may be feeling the pressure a little bit more than us after their disastrous week. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could beat them and give them some real squeaky-bum time for the rest of the season!
Considering we are in such good form at the mo, and Tottenham are having their worries. It is definitely worth having a bet on Arsenal – at a great 5/2 from BetUK!
Emery seems to be rotating starting either Laca or Auba at the moment. It’s Lacazette’s turn today, so maybe back him to score the first goal @ 11/2
One thing I am sure we are guaranteed in our games nowadays is goals galore, our average away from home is 4 per game, so a price of 7/4 for over 3.5 goals seems a steal!
I know I seem hopelessly positive, but looking at our recent games I really believe we can do this. But if you are a pessimist like our resident tipster Dan Smith you may think we can’t beat Spurs. If so then maybe you should follow Dan’s tip of 2-0 to Tottenham @ 10/1. I sincerely hope he is completely wrong!