Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 25th April 2020

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North London's two biggest sides come together this Sunday for what promises to be another hotly contested derby: Arsenal versus Tottenham. We expect to witness crunching tackles, plenty of goalmouth action and flared tempers during yet another important encounter between the two clubs who have a rich and long rivalry.

No love is lost between the pair of top four hopefuls who both fell to a defeat last weekend. What better way to bounce back than beating your arch rivals, but will we have a winner come full time at the Emirates?

Top Tips

Draw @ 13/5

Both teams to score @ 1/2

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Arsenal News: Holding nears a return

Arsenal Versus Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal fans haven’t seen Rob Holding play a league match since rupturing the ACL in his left knee during December’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. A return appears close now though as the young defender played two matches for the under 23 side in August, the first for 45 minutes and then seeing out the entire match in the other. Many expected him to play for the under 21s in the EFL Trophy clash with Northampton on Tuesday but his unexplained omission could suggest a call-up to the first team is close.

Monreal sets sights on Sociedad

Despite starting last week for the Gunners at Anfield, this may well be the last time Nacho Monreal dons the red and white of Arsenal. After the 3-1 loss, Unai Emery spoke about the possibility that the 33 year old left back could leave and speculation has only intensified since. Real Sociedad are the interested party with a fee in the region of £3m seeming enough to acquire the left back’s services. The transfer window in Spain shuts a day after this game so by Sunday we are likely to know where his future lies.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Pochettino speaks of unsettled squad

Tottenham Player Taking Corner Kick
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There were no drastic changes at Tottenham this summer but Mauricio Pochettino believes his squad is an unsettled one. An unlikely feud with Jan Vertonghen, yet to play this season, no doubt played a part in his statement, as did uncertainty regarding the future of some of his players. Both Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld only have one year remaining on their contract and the former appears keen on a move to Spain. The fact that Pochettino can lose players after the English transfer deadline, rendering him unable to sign a replacement, has been a great source of frustration for the Spurs manager.

Alli due back

A reoccurrence of a hamstring problem has kept Dele Alli out of action so far this season but he is set for a timely return this weekend. The 23 year old made was spotted in training last Friday and barring any late setback, he will be among the match day squad at very least his Sunday. It remains to be see if Kyle Walker-Peters and Tanguy Ndombele will join him however. The former hobbled off injured last weekend while his French teammate missed the game entirely after picking up a minor thigh strain in training.

Analysis: Home advantage key

Although Tottenham have finally started pulling their weight in this formerly one-sided derby, winning at their rivals’ home has remained a tricky task. They did claim a 2-0 League Cup win at the Emirates last year but they have managed only one Premier League win there since the stadium opened. In order to win this game, Pochettino’s men will need to produce something out of the ordinary as a result, particularly as Arsenal have lost just two matches at home in 2019.

Spurs to improve on recent showing

Both Spurs and Arsenal lost at the weekend but it is one thing to lose away at Liverpool and another to lose at home to Newcastle. You could hardly say Spurs deserved much more from the game either. Although they did have a strong late penalty claim denied, it was very apparent that clear-cut opportunities were in incredible scarce supply. Don’t think for one moment that Pochettino’s men will look so short of ideas here though. There will be far more room for their attacking forces to exploit at the Emirates and the return of Dele Alli is a huge boost. A more end-to-end game would suit the visitors who look capable of claiming a draw as a result at odds of 13/5.

No clean sheets on display

Tottenham may not win very often at all at Arsenal’s ground but they have scored there on five of their last six visits. With Arsenal still missing Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and possibly Rob Holding too, their rivals will fancy their chances of firing past Bernd Leno on Sunday. Arsenal’s goal threat in this game will certainly be no less than that of their rivals though. Tottenham have just one away clean sheet to their name since early January and they have looked especially shaky without Vertonghen. When also factoring in that the Gunners have netted in every home game this calendar year, both teams to score appears a safe bet at odds of 1/2.

Kane king of north London

He may only be 26 years of age, but Harry Kane already has hoisted himself to the top of the Premier League north London derby scoring charts. Tottenham’s talisman, who will of course be on penalty duties this weekend, has netted nine goals during nine derby appearances. With a scoring rate so impressive, he is always a tempting anytime scorer bet (21/20) in this match. He has not been at his sharpest so far this season but an open game like this one should help him rekindle some of his old, ruthless form.

Recent Matches

A fixture once utterly dominated by Arsenal is now one that sees both teams pulling an equal amount of punches. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Arsenal and Tottenham both have two north London derbies wins each in the league while the remaining four matches ended up all square.

2nd March 2019: Tottenham 1 – 1 Arsenal

The intense battle for a top-four place ensured this was a particularly high stakes north London derby. Arsenal trailed their rivals by four points coming into the game but they quickly drew first blood with Aaron Ramsey rounding Hugo Lloris when sent clean through. For almost an hour, the Gunners protected their lead but then Shkodran Mustafi needlessly pushed Harry Kane inside the box and the Englishman duly dispatched the resulting spot kick. In the 90th minute, Arsenal received a penalty of their own but Hugo Lloris kept Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's unconvincing effort out.

19th December 2018: Arsenal 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham did not have to wait long to get revenge against their local rivals as they triumphed in this League Cup quarter-final. Both their goals saw them exploit the high Arsenal line with one killer pass in behind. The first saw Dele Alli play in Heung-Min Son and the creator turned scorer for the second as Alli netted with a delightful chip over Petr Cech. The Gunners twice hit the woodwork but it would not be their night in front of goal as they failed to score against Spurs at home for the first time in over 20 years.

2nd December 2018: Arsenal 4 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

When these bitter rivals went head-to-head at the Emirates in early December, Arsenal prevailed 4-2 in an enthralling Premier League contest. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 10 minutes, but Tottenham turned the game on its head before half time thanks to goals from Dier and Kane (pen). The Gunners stole the show in the second period, though, with Aubameyang, Lacazette and Lucas Torreira netting in the eventual 4-2 victory.

10th February 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Arsenal

This game was slow to get going but Tottenham sparked into life once the second half began. In front of a record-breaking crowd of 83,222, the home side began to hammer their rivals and ought to have scored three or four. Only a fine display from man of the match Petr Cech prevented the Gunners from being on the receiving end of a humiliating loss. Despite the hosts’ dominance, Arsenal could have clinched an undeserved point but substitute Alexandre Lacazette spurned two glorious chances late on.

18th November 2017: Arsenal 2 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Although Spurs fans couldn’t have felt too aggrieved by the full time score in this game, the opening goal was a major source of frustration. Davidson Sanchez was penalised for a clean challenge and the resulting free-kick was nodded in by an offside Shkodran Mustafi. There were no complaints about Arsenal’s second however as Alexis Sanchez powerfully fired home at the near post. Harry Kane, well short of full fitness, struggled to make an impression as Spurs never threatened to mount a comeback.

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