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It’s finally here, one of the biggest fixtures in the galaxy, Tottenham vs Arsenal aka the North London Derby. By far the standout matchup from this weekend’s Premier League Gameweek, both teams have enjoyed contrasting starts to the season so far. Spurs enter the contest top of the table, while their opponents are languishing all the way down in 14th.
Despite the apparent gulf between the two sides, history has taught us that form often goes out of the window during a Derby game, making this a tough one to predict. Your best chance of receiving a win this weekend is to stick right here on PlayersBest as we possess the most knowledgeable team of tipsters in the Milky Way. Here’s how we see this one going.
Despite having to compete on multiple fronts due to their Europa League commitments, Tottenham have made a stunning start to the season and currently sit top of the Premier League table. Spurs’ success has been built on a rock solid defence with the addition of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the summer seriously strengthening their midfield. Jose Mourinho’s side have also been devastating going forward, netting 21 goals in 10 games. Mourinho will be hoping that star striker Harry Kane passes a late fitness test for this one though, after he missed training on Wednesday. If he doesn’t make it Carlos Vincius should get the nod.
What a difference a few months can make. Arsenal finished last season as FA Cup winners with fans and pundits alike singing the praises of manager Mikel Arteta. Flash forward to the present and the Spaniard is under pressure. The Gunners have been chastised for their negative set up, with their low energy pressing coming under particular scrutiny. The goals have also dried up. Arsenal are averaging just one goal a game in the league and star striker Pierre-Emierick Aubameyang has looked lost, netting just twice since signing a big money deal in the summer.
The North London Derby is one of English football’s most storied fixtures with plenty of memorable games taking place down the years. All in all, Arsenal have enjoyed the better record with 82 wins to Spurs’ 65. 54 of the contests have ended all square.
More recently, the advantage has been with Tottenham – albeit only slightly. In the last 10 meetings Spurs have won four, Arsenal two, while four have ended in a draw. Last time the pair met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home side recorded a 2-1 win with Toby Alderweireld bagging a late goal to earn his side all three points.
There’s no need to go exploring the galaxy for the secret to good football betting as we’re about to tell you. What makes PlayersBest’s tips so reliable is that we always analyse the key statistics before making our selections. Here are three key statistical highlights ahead of Sunday’s game.
We cannot look past the league leaders here. We expect Tottenham to win in a low scoring game with under 2.5 goals.
Despite their incredible start to the season, do not expect Spurs to blow Arsenal away on Sunday. Although it may not have offered them much going forward, Arteta’s highlight structured system has at least made the Gunners tough to break down which should keep the scoreline low.
History also tells us that Mourinho is likely to set his troops up conservatively, as he has done in previous big games before – most recently against Chelsea last Sunday. However, Spurs’ razor sharp forward line will still have enough to score, even if Kane is unavailable to spearhead things.
With that in mind, we are backing a home win and under 2.5 goals for the North London Derby. The best odds we could find for this tip come courtesy of Betsson who are offering a price of 7/2 (+350). Be sure to check back next week for another tip from PlayersBest!
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