Arsenal v Tottenham tips: North London derby to end all-square?
Tensions will be at fever pitch in North London today, as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the first derby of the season.
It will be Unai Emery’s first encounter of the historic fixture. The Spaniard has guided Arsenal to 18 games without defeat, but Spurs are in even better form after six straight wins.
Who will be the pride of North London today? Here’s everything you need to know…
Our traders can barely call this one. Home advantage (the last three meetings have been won by the hosts) has handed Arsenal slight favouritism in the match betting at 29/20.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are on a high after excellent wins over Chelsea and Inter Milan. They’re 13/8 to land victory on the enemy’s territory.
Three of the last six meetings have ended all-square, and another draw is 13/5.
Emery has preferred to go 4-2-3-1 this season, but switched to a 3-4-3 at Bournemouth. The new system worked and yielded a 2-1 win, but it seems unlikely the Arsenal boss will stick with it here.
And should he revert to 4-2-3-1, it seems like Mesut Ozil will be restored to the starting XI.
Emery must also choose whether to start Alexandre Lacazette up front and place Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng on the wing, or go with the Gabon striker up top and have Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the flanks.
Pochettino has a royal flush when it comes to his forwards. The quartet of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min tore Chelsea apart last weekend. It seems unlikely the Tottenham boss will make any unnecessary changes.
Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 should offer them more balance, and a better chance at halting the movement of Alli and Son. Lucas Torreira will need to shut down Eriksen’s creativity, while Eric Dier will be out to do the same to Ozil.
Kane heads up the first goalscorer betting at 3/1. The Tottenham loves this fixture, and has scored seven times in eight games against the Gunners.
Where: Emirates Stadium
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
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