Spurs v Arsenal: Bragging Rights and More Up for Grabs at White Hart Lane
The North London Derby always carries great significance but for Spurs fans, there is an added incentive in getting a positive result from Sunday’s game. Victory for Tottenham in this game means that they are guaranteed to finish above the Gunners this season and that’s something that every fan has waited for, for a very long time.
Beyond that quest, there is still a slim hope of overtaking Chelsea in the title race while Arsenal really need to win in order to stay in touch with the top four places so this is an absolutely crucial fixture.
Tottenham start as favourites and can be widely backed at 10/11 with a choice of bookies including Paddy Power and Betway. A share of the points looks the most tempting option here at 3/1 with William Hill and SportingBet while victory for Arsenal comes in at a top price of 67/20 with MarathonBet.
It’s an old footballing cliché to say that when a local derby comes to town you can throw the form book out of the window but it’s often true. Spurs have enjoyed more success in these games in recent years but always seem to drop at the end of the season. This is much tighter than the market indicates and while we’ll come back to the result a little later, Arsenal are the value option at that 67/20 price.
Individual Goal Scorers
Tottenham’s Harry Kane is one of the key men who can decide the destiny of this match and the England striker is favourite to score the first goal at a best price of 7/2 with most outlets including SkyBet and Betway.
Son Heung-Min is next at 11/2 with William Hill and Winner Sports and while the South Korean has been in excellent form of late, he may just start from the bench if manager Mauricio Pochettino uses a more defensive formation.
Arsenal’s first representative is Chilean international Alexis Sanchez who can be backed at a top price of 6/1 with either Paddy Power or Boylesports while team mate Olivier Giroud is quoted at best odds of 13/2 with Bet365 and Winner Sports.
It could be a tight game; recent head to heads between these two have given us a number of draws including some 1-1 scorelines and Harry Kane has done well against Arsenal in those clashes. Kane to score first is a tempter but Sanchez anytime could be a stronger pick at 19/10 with 32Red.
Other Side Bets
We’ve looked at those drawn matches; both of the North London Derbies in the 2015/16 season ended with a share of the points while the teams finished at 1-1 when they played at the Emirates in November. A draw isn’t an obvious guarantee but it does suggest that the winning margin will be a tight one.
The winning margin market for this game shows Arsenal to win by one goal at 11/2 with SkyBet while Spurs at the same, one goal margin, is quoted at 58/19 with 188Bet.
That seems a likely scenario so all you have to do now is pick a winner. Spurs have the better form and the momentum while Wednesday night’s 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace shows that there is much more resilience in this Tottenham side and they have the ability to break down tight defences and win games when they’re not playing all that well.
Arsenal are showing some better form themselves however and any win over Manchester City has to be considered as an impressive one, particularly in a match as big as a semi final. All signs suggest that Tottenham should win this but there is that worrying collapse at the end of last season when the side should have secured a comfortable second place.
Arsenal haven’t finished below Tottenham in the Premier League era and while that run may end this year, the Gunners are a great value option at 67/20 with MarathonBet to win this game and make Spurs fans wait just a little longer.