Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
It’s a north London derby like no other this weekend, as Tottenham Hotspur welcome old friends Arsenal to an empty stadium for a socially distant occasion that is sure to feel somewhat strange for the players. The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City in midweek, with VAR playing a prominent role. Spurs, in contrast, enjoyed a much-needed victory over Everton. This should be an intriguing contest and the result could go a long way towards shaping how each team’s season ends. Read on to discover where the best betting value can be found.
This will be the first north London derby at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, so it will feel very strange for there to be no spectators in the ground.
Spurs head into this game on the back of a game against struggling Bournemouth on Thursday evening.
Arsenal head into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City. That draw brought an end to an impressive run of four consecutive victories in all competitions. Mikel Arteta’s team were left ruing VAR’s involvement in the sending off of Eddie Nketiah, who was dismissed just minutes after coming off the bench. The Gunners are now in eighth place in the Premier League table, a point behind Sheffield United. If they want to secure a place in European competition next season, the Gunners really need three points from their clash with Spurs.
These two sides have a long history of going head to head in passionate derby games. In the Premier League, they have met 55 times in total, with Arsenal having won 20 of those games. Spurs have won 12 and there have been 23 draws. If you think that the teams will draw again on Saturday, then Betfred have odds of... on the 1X2 market on the match ending all square. Arsenal have won just five times at Spurs in the Premier League, while all but two of Spurs’ 12 wins over the Gunners in the Premier League have come at home.
Earlier this season, the sides clashed at the Emirates Stadium in September. That game ended all square at 2-2, with Spurs taking a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by the Gunners. Christian Eriksen opened the scoring for Tottenham in the 10th minute, with Harry Kane adding a second from the penalty spot in the 40th minute. Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back in injury time at the end of the first half, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelling things up in the 71st minute. If you think that Aubameyang, who has 20 Premier League goals to his name this season, will score on Sunday then Betfred have him priced at 3/1 ot be Arsenal's first goalscorer, or 11/10 to score at any time.
Spurs captain Harry Kane is a man to keep an eye on. The England striker has scored 10 goals in derbies against Arsenal – a joint record. If you think that he can find the net again on Sunday, then Befred have odds of 23/20 on him to score any time, and 3/1 on him to be Spurs' first goalscorer. Kane has scored 13 Premier League goals this season in 24 games, and has also provided two assists for his team-mates. Sadly for Spurs, no one was able to score for theem against lowly Bournemouth on Thursday evening, which is not a great sign heading into a north London derby where so much is on the line.
Our prediction for this game is that it will end in a low scoring draw, with the final scoreline likely to be 1-1. Both sides have been in reasonable form recently, but have also faced setbacks. It is hard to say what the effects of no crowd will be on a north London derby, but it is likely to largely eliminate any home advantage that Spurs may have had. Our recommended tip therefore comes from Betfred. They are offering a price of 10/3 on the match being a draw where both teams score.