Premier League Betting: Arsenal v Tottenham - Fan v Fan Preview



Arsenal perspective: James McNicholas, Gunnerblog.

Team news

The continued absence of Kieran Gibbs means Thomas Vermaelen will almost certainly continue at left-back, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the centre. Jack Wilshere comes back from suspension to join Arteta and Cazorla in midfield, whilst Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will keep their place in the front three after impressive performances against Fulham. The big question marks is over Wojciech Szczesny, who could be set for his first appearance since the 6-1 victory over Southampton if he comes through a fitness test.

Form

November is traditionally a nightmare month for Arsenal, and this one has started no differently. After a morale-sapping defeat at Old Trafford, Arsenal have thrown away two goal leads in their past two games. Only at three nil up will any Gooner crack a smile on Saturday.

Head-to-head

Recent games between these two sides have been absurd. It all started with that 4-4 a few years back, and since then the principles of defending seem to have abandoned this fixture entirely. Andre Villas-Boas will doubtless attempt to restore some tactical order, but I'm not sure he'll be able to stem the tide of goals this game traditionally brings.

Best bets

Over 2.5 goals at 1.60. There are usually goals aplenty, so I reckon this is a very safe bet. 

Jack Wilshere ro score at 14.00. The midfielder hasn't netted in more than 17 months - what a time this would be to get back on the scoresheet.

Arsenal to score a penalty at 6.50. We missed a crucial penalty at Fulham, so we'll be looking to make amends if we get a spotkick this weekend.

Score prediction: Arsenal 2 -1 Tottenham (8.25)

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Tottenham perspective
: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog.

Team news

There have been injury concerns all week over the fitness of England trio Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe. All three have suffered with hamstring niggles but coach Andre Villas-Boas claimed on Thursday that all would be fit. Despite this, expect Emmanuel Adebayor to retain his place ahead of Defoe. Moussa Dembele is still absent following a recent hip problem and the Belgian is a huge miss for Spurs on the left side of defensive midfield.

Form

Tottenham’s League form is dismal right now, with three defeats in the last four Premiership matches. Admittedly, two of those games were against Chelsea and Manchester City but a home loss to Wigan suggests this isn’t a good time to be crossing north London to play our biggest rivals.

Head-to-head

Memories of last season’s 5-2 defeat are still raw, but in general, Spurs’ form has improved at the Emirates. Tottenham came from behind to win 3-2 in 2010-11 and this isn’t the fixture that we once approached with fear. Another memorable game was the 4-4 draw in 2008-09 and while this is a fixture that can produce plenty of goals, Saturday’s fixture may just be a cagier affair.
 
Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.53. In eleven league games involving Spurs this season, this has failed to happen just twice.

Gareth Bale to score first at 11.50. After a quiet week, Bale should be refreshed and back to his best form

Spurs to be winning at half time at 4.20. Taking the lead seems fairly straightforward for us. Holding onto it is the problem.

Score prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (7.25)

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