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Best odds: 19/20
With North London bragging rights at stake this weekend, league leaders Tottenham host Arsenal in the capital on Sunday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Tottenham eventually had to settle for that dramatic 3-3 draw against Greek team LASK midweek, Spurs managed to reserve their spot in the knockout phase of this year’s Europa League. Last seen in the Premier League playing a 0-0 draw against another London derby in Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, José Mourinho’s men have worked their way to the top of the table and many feel they could be a true contender for the title this season. Although the former Manchester United boss could have seen his team open the 2020/2021 campaign with a slow 1-0 loss to Everton in North London, Tottenham have made an impressive comeback. Along with shocking former champion Manchester City with a 2-0 win in the capital last month, the Lilywhites are unbeaten in each of their other nine Premier League games. Securing back-to-back wins at home since that shocking collapse against West Ham in October, the mood at Spurs’ camp should be high.
Despite Harry Kane missing the Spurs’ Europa League showdown on Thursday, José Mourinho believes the England captain will be back and available to start on Sunday.
Erik Lamela (Achilles) will not face Spurs rivals while Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon and Carlos Vinicius are evaluated.
As for the visitors, while Arsenal could have managed to get what was a routine 4-1 win against Rapid Wien in Europa League tasks earlier in the week, it doesn’t cover what has been a terrible domestic run for the Gunners. Last seen in top flight England, defeated 2-1 by Wolves at the Emirates, they have managed to rack up just 13 points in their first 10 Premier League games, their worst start to the campaign since 1981. With some around del In the red half of North London, even beginning to question the Spaniard’s position, Arsenal have now managed to win just one of their last six top flight appearances, a streak highlighted by a 3-0 win against Aston Villa. Opening this weekend’s games sitting 14th, Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man will have a real headache from his team’s widespread problems in the final third. Surprisingly, Sunday’s guests have failed to score a single Premier League goal since open play since October 4.
Arsenal will be sweating from Thomas Partey and David Luiz for the short trip.
The Gunners also won’t be able to call winger Nicolas Pepe, who is still serving a suspension.
Key factors to consider
- When the two teams last met in July, Tottenham won 2-1 at home.
- Arsenal have managed to win just one of their last six Premier League meetings.
- Tottenham are undefeated in each of their last nine Premier League appearances on the rebound.
- Spurs have also conceded a single goal in their last five top flight games.
- The Gunners haven’t managed to score a single Premier League goal since October 4.
While Arsenal could have clinched a routine Europa League victory in the middle of the week, the Gunners find themselves in the middle of a domestic nightmare and certainly face a tough test this weekend. By winning just one of their last six Premier League matches and continuing to show a string of problems in the final third, Tottenham should be smelling a golden opportunity to snatch the bragging right to North London on Sunday afternoon. Rocketing to the top of the table and unbeaten in their last nine top flight contests at the top, they will also be boosted by their last encounter against bitter rivals. With a 2-1 win when they host Arsenal in July, we are backing a similar result this weekend.
Verdict: Tottenham win
Best odds: 19/20