League leaders Tottenham welcome eternal rivals Arsenal to Wembley Stadium for Sunday’s north London derby.
Tottenham survived a stern test last weekend as they held high flying Chelsea to a goalless stalemate at Stamford Bridge which saw them maintain their hold on the top spot in the league, on goal difference over second-placed Liverpool.
That was a typical Mourinho performance as they sucked the life out of Chelsea’s expensively assembled attacking lineup, keeping them quiet for large spells on the game and barely affording them as much as a sniff on goal, let alone a shot. This draw extended their unbeaten run to 9 games in the league, with the opening day loss to Everton the only blot on their record.
A top-four finish was the expectations Spurs’ fans had for Mourinho but his performances this season, especially against the top sides, has them dreaming of a lot more.
After guiding Arsenal to an FA Cup win at the end of last season and the Community Shield at the start of this season, Mikel Arteta was critically acclaimed as the answer to Arsenal’s problems. He was confirmed as head coach and proceeded to acquire a few summer signings and pushed for Aubameyang to sign a new contract, which he has since done.
However, the spotlight has been turned sharply on the Spaniard following a string of poor results that has seen them picking just a point from their last few games and an incredible five losses in just 8 league games which has triggered the alarm bells at the club.
Mikel Arteta has looked helpless to stop the slide but if there was ever a game they needed for a reset, the north London derby presents them the perfect opportunity.
Tottenham have shown their title credentials with their performances on the pitch. They defend resolutely and have a wide array of attacking talent that can score at will. Harry Kane has also transformed into one of the best all-around players in the league that will not only give you goals but create for others and be the first line of defence when needed. Tottenham haven’t lost to Arsenal in any of their last 4 meetings and we do not expect that to change here. We expect a close first half and we fancy a combo-bet of Tottenham or Draw and Under 1.5 first-half goals @ 1.54 with Odibets freebet as our first betting tip of this derby.
As is usual of derbies, form is sometimes thrown out of the window as pride and passion come into play. There is no love lost between these two teams and their differing fortunes only serves to up the ante. We anticipate a busy afternoon for centre referee Martin Atkinson. He will have to deal with a lot of emotions, physicality and cynicism from both sides. Odibets Over 3.5 booking option @ 1.57 certainly looks like a good value bet and we are snapping it up for our final betting tip.
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