Tottenham Face Arsenal in North London with Plenty on the Table
There’s nothing quite like a derby to get the pulse racing, or shake off the excesses of the previous evening, and Saturday lunchtime’s meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal is not to be missed.
Both sets of fans will have to start their journey a little earlier than normal, as they will be heading to Spurs’ temporary home of Wembley Stadium while work on White Hart Lane continues.
That merely gives them more time to digest the mini-battles that will take place in a game that has plenty riding on it.
Four points separate fifth-place Tottenham from their North London neighbours in sixth, while Liverpool and Chelsea are within touching distance of both in third and fourth. The race for the top four is going to be intense and will almost certainly go down to the final game of the season, meaning eking out an advantage at this stage is of real benefit.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have the chance to deal a hammer blow to Arsenal, as defeat for the Gunners would leave them seven points adrift with 11 games remaining in the season.
The Argentine tactician has the talent at his disposal to do it, but equally, there are masses of quality for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to call on.
A couple weeks ago, if the talk on this game had switched to striking options it would have been a short conversation. Harry Kane first, the Arsenal options nowhere. But the Gunners signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day and for the first time since Robin van Persie departed for Manchester United in 2012, Arsenal have a top-class centre forward.
Aubameyang has pace, power and an eye for goal. If Tottenham don’t keep tabs on him, they could pay a heavy price. The argument is the same at the other end with regard to Kane, but Arsenal now have more than one way to skin a cat.
In the reverse fixture in November, Arsenal were full value for their 2-0 win. They pressed and harried and got the better of a high-octane battle in the first half, before producing a solid defensive showing in the second. A repeat of that sort of display, with Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan crafting chances for Aubameyang and the breathless Aaron Ramsey, would make Arsenal extremely dangerous.
And throw in the fact that Arsenal are happy playing at Wembley – three FA Cup wins out of the last four renewals as well as Community Shield successes is 2014, 2015 and 2017 – and the Gunners have the look of decent bets to grab the three points on Saturday.
188BET have Arsenal priced up at 3.50, while Tottenham can be backed at 2.02 and the draw 3.85.
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