Spurs vs Arsenal – Hosts to end title chances of London rivals
Tottenham have never lost a home game to a fellow London club under the management of Harry Redknapp and this record can be extended as chief rivals Arsenal prepare to head to White Hart Lane.
Spurs have won their last two Premier League meetings with their North London adversaries and another three points could prove critical if they are to finish in the top four.
Tottenham are 13/8 in the Premier League odds to beat Arsenal and they may also be buoyed to secure victory to once and for all rule the Gunners out of the title race.
If Arsenal are to keep alive their faint hopes of chasing down Manchester United then they will need to become just the second team to take maximum points from White Hart Lane in 27 league matches.
Arsenal’s odds are 8/5 and head into the match unbeaten in 15 league games and six on their travels in 2011.
In their favour is that they did beat Spurs away in the third round of the Carling Cup this season, albeit after extra time.
However, perhaps the most likely outcome is that the points will be shared, which is a result that will help neither team achieve their goals for the remainder of the campaign.
Seven of the last ten showdowns between the pair at Spurs have been drawn and it is 12/5 that this run is extended.
It is hard to predict who Redknapp will select in attack for the fixture, but Jermain Defoe will be especially keen to start as he goes in search of his 100th career goal in the Premier League.
Defoe is 6/1 to bag the opener, with Peter Crouch, who is available again after serving a suspension, handed the same price.
For Arsenal, Robin Van Persie has been their chief source of goals this year with 16 goals in his last 17 appearances.
Van Persie is the 5/1 favourite to be the game’s first goalscorer.
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