Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal tips – Gunners’ problems will continue in London derby

This North London derby is one of the most important in recent times

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal tips – Gunners’ problems will continue in London derby

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Glen Laidlaw

March 4th, 2016

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Tottenham Hotspur became favourites to lift the title last week, the first time the bookies have favoured the North Londoners to become English champions since 1985. Neverthelesss, they fell back to Earth with a massive bump after they suffered a defeat to West Ham with Mikhail Antonio’s seventh minute goal ending Spurs’ five game winning run and stopping them from taking top-spot.

This was certainly a disappointing result, however it was far from disastrous. The same cannot be said of Arsenal’s failure to get anything at all from their mid-week home clash against Swansea City, the Gunners’ title challenge faltering following a 2-1 defeat to the Swans.

The Gunners fans made their feelings very clear at the final whistle and the pressure is certainly mounting on manager Arsene Wenger. A win on Saturday afternoon against arch-rivals Tottenham would ease the pressure, although we’re not so sure that they can end a run which has seen them lose to Barcelona, Manchester United and Swansea.

Arsenal’s key players have attracted no shortage of criticism for their performances in crunch games and this flak is far from unwarranted. Following recent defeats to Chelsea and Manchester United, their immediate response was to lose to struggling Swansea City. Tottenham may have lost to the Hammers in their mid-week outing, however they are a decent side and should bounce back and manage a win at home to their closest rivals at odds of 7/5 with Paddy Power.

We’re not saying that they will have things all their own way, however the Gunners are clearly having issues and we expect them to struggle against what will be a dominant Spurs side. North London derbies tend to throw up a few goals and this should prove to be the case this weekend, however we’re not so confident that any will come from the visitors. Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners when they met in this season’s Capital One Cup with the sides sharing the spoils in reverse league fixture at the Emirates Stadium, Kieran Gibbs cancelling out Harry Kane’s opener, however the Gunners will be in low spirits following their recent poor run and as such, we won’t be backing them to get onto the scoresheet at White Hart Lane.

The last four meetings between the sides saw both sides find the back of the net, however on this occasion, we won’t be backing this trend to continue by backing Both Teams to Score – NO at 5/4 with BetVictor.

Talking of goals, clearly we also need to look at goalscorers and the man to back in this clash is Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker not being as prolific as last season but worthy of backing in a big occasion such as this. He found the net at the Emirates in the reverse fixture earlier this season and banged two in at White Hart Lane last season. Back Harry Kane to score anytime at 11/8 with Coral.

 

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