The North London Derby remains one of sport’s premier rivalries, meaningful regardless of the current state of the teams involved. And although both Tottenham and Arsenal have had seasons that don’t meet their expectations, a decisive win over their neighbouring rivals will surely go a long way in making this season easier to digest.
It is also worth noting that this will be the first North London Derby match-up for both managers, Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta.
The Spurs have been sluggish since the restart, and the coaching swap to Mourinho has produced woefully inconsistent results at best. Their attack remains unconvincing, while their back-line is a work in progress. With an outside shot at European qualification, the time to start string together results is right now. Can the Spurs respond with a statement outing?
For the Gunners, they actually enter with some good form. A couple of down outings emerging from the restart are a distant memory. Last time out, Arsenal showed their strength by going toe-to-toe against Leicester City, and though it ended 1-1, Arsenal deserved better. Their youth has taken over, and with speed and talent littered throughout the pitch, the Gunners are once again a club to keep your eye on.
Despite there not being all that much on the line in this contest, this rivalry brings intensity – even without fans in the stands. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for team news, tactical analysis, and a betting prediction for Arsenal vs. Tottenham. Enjoy!
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Pick:
The path back to glory for Tottenham won’t be easy given their current form and selection restrictions. Eric Dier is suspended for this contest, while key midfielder Dele Alli is still out injured with a hamstring issue.
Tottenham continues to have a glaring issue at the back, and it’s something that needs to get addressed come the summer transfer market. Davinson Sanchez will start in the middle of the back-line alongside Tody Alderweireld, a duo that has not inspired much confidence lately. The defense has been mistake-prone and slow-footed, two areas the Gunners should be able to exploit.
Up front for the Spurs is where they should boast a big advantage over most teams, but lately it seems like the timing and rhythm of both Son and Harry Kane is just off. They aren’t beating defenders 1-on-1, they aren’t creating many chances, and as a result the Spurs are scuffling.
But can the Gunners seize the moment and capitalize on this? The thinking here is an emphatic yes, as Mikel Arteta will have his group primed for success come Sunday. Though there are some key knocks within the Arsenal team, they have excellent depth and young, fresh legs ready to fill the void.
Up front, the Gunners’ attacking trio should be able to have a field day going against the Spurs’ backline. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains one of the Premier League’s top finishers, and with Bukayo Saka on the other flank – that gives Arsenal a huge speed advantage.
Though the Gunners themselves aren’t the strongest defensive club in their 3-4-3, they have shown recent improvements of late. Their overall team speed and ball movement has been much better, and that should help them against an opportunistic side like Mourinho’s Spurs.
Pick: Arsenal 2-1