Tottenham host London rivals Arsenal on Sunday with both teams eyeing European football slots in the pick of Matchday 35 fixtures.
Jose Mourinho was pleased with the character his team displayed in the 1-0 Monday night victory over Everton. They have nevertheless had very inconsistent performances across the season and they now find themselves nearer to the mid-table than the top four.
Any positive result here for Spurs will be quite impressive considering they are coming in with a bit of fatigue after playing two other midweek Premier League games.
Arsenal had a slow start to the restarted season losing to Man City and Brighton in their first two games but they appear to have turned things around after going on a four-game unbeaten winning three, including away wins at Southampton and Wolves before drawing at home against 4th placed Leicester.
Europa qualification is a realistic target for the Gunners. A win here can possibly take them as high as sixth depending on how other results play out.
Spurs’ coach Jose Mourinho, who never shies away from controversy, has publicly bemoaned the congested fixture list that will see Tottenham playing three Premier League games in literally a week. Arsenal meanwhile will be coming into the game well rested following the 1-1 draw on Tuesday against Leicester. Like all other derbies, the game is likely to be played at a high tempo and this might just favor the Gunners, who have been playing well the last few games. We strongly feel they can get something from the game and we are backing Double Chance Arsenal or Draw @ 1.58 with 22Bet for our first betting tip for this game.
There is so much at stake for both teams here. They are both eyeing European qualification slots and three points for either side will not only help in that cause but also ensure they stay ahead of the other on the log, which is a very big deal in as far as this North London rivalry is concerned. They are already throwing barbs at each other on social media, no love lost between Mourinho and Arsenal, tension will be high, tackles will fly and there is every likelihood that centre referee Michael Oliver will have a busy afternoon. 22Bet have priced Over 4.5 bookings @ 1.80 and we quite fancy it as our next betting tip for this game.
Mourinho, knowing his players may not have the legs to run with the young and agile Gunners, will probably resort to his good old tactic of sitting back and hitting on the counter. This will invite a lot of attack from the Gunners for whom attacking is second nature. Mourinho has shown that he can keep a game ‘quiet’ when he sets out to do that. This could very well be one of those moments. We are therefore going for Under 3.5 goals @ 1.40 with 22Bet as our final prediction for the game.
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