Premier League Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal

by Punter's Hero on October 2, 2011

in Football, Latest News

There’s a huge north London derby on the books on Oct. 2nd when 13-place arsenal travels to White Hart Lane to take on sixth-place Tottenham. Arsenal has struggled this year in league play and has seven points from two wins, a draw and three losses after six games. Spurs have three wins and two losses for nine points after six games.

Spurs will be attempting to finish ahead of Arsenal in the table this season for the first time since 1994-95. They have a two-point lead on the Gunners with a game in hand so a win here would be huge for them. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger needs the three points if he has any hope of challenging for the title this season as they’re already nine points behind Manchester United.

Spurs beat Shamrock Rovers of Ireland 3-1 in a Europa League game on Thursday while Arsenal took care of Greek side Olympiakos 2-1 at home in a Champions League fixture on Wednesday. Arsenal has now won two in a row as they beat Bolton 3-0 last weekend. Spurs dropped their first two league games of the season, against Manchester United and City, and have now won three EPL games in a row and a six-game unbeaten streak overall.

Arsenal’s struggles began last season and they’ve continued in the new campaign. They also lost Cesc Fabregas, Nicklas Bendtner, and Samir Nasri in the offseason and Jack Wilshere is out with a long-term injury.

Spurs have haven’t lost a London derby since losing to arsenal back in 2007, for a string of 15 undefeated games. Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has done well for Spurs since replacing Peter Crouch, who went to Stoke. Adebayor scored eight times in nine derbies against Spurs while he was playing for Arsenal. He has three goals in three outings for Spurs so far this season.

Arsenal’s best player has been striker Robin van Persie and be banged home his 100th goal for Arsenal last week against Bolton. He also has four goals in his last four games against Spurs. Spurs have just one clean sheet against Arsenal in their last 31 meetings. Last season, in the matches against each other, the teams combined for a total of 16 goals with four of them coming on penalties. Arsenal is hoping that Theo Walcott and Yossi Benayoun are back in the squad.

There should be a few goals in this game and it’s likely that Spurs will pull off a one-goal win or a draw at the worst.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Tottenham win at 6/5 and an Arsenal victory at 5/2. A draw is listed at 21/10.


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