Sports Betting Weekly

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

When: Saturday, 07 February 2015 @ 18:45 (FINISHED)
Where: White Hart Lane
With two local derbies and another mouth-watering clash in the race for European qualification, it really is an action-packed weekend in the Barclays Premier League – and where better to kick of this issue’s previews than White Hart Lane, where Tottenham Hotspur host bitter London rivals, Arsenal?

The two teams are in fantastic form going into Saturday’s grudge match, with the hosts unbeaten in their last six home games and the visitors having strung together three consecutive wins for the first time this season – a feat made all the more impressive by them scoring 10 goals without conceding.

As such, both sets of supporters will be optimistic of their side’s chances going into this massive North London derby, with the bookmakers not overly keen to tie their colours to the mast by pricing Tottenham at 5/2, Arsenal at 6/5 and the draw 11/4.

While the old cliché states that the form book usually goes out of the window in a derby, recent history between the two clubs certainly favours the Gunners – Arsene Wenger’s men recorded a clean sweep of home, away and F.A. Cup victories over Tottenham last season – and with three clean sheets on the bounce, you can find a generous 23/10 on them again keeping their opponents at bay.

That being said, Tottenham have only failed to score at home three times this season, and with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen contributing nine goals between them in Spurs’ last six games, the visitors will have their work cut out for them if they are to maintain their current defensive resolve.

Of the two Tottenham danger men, it is arguably Eriksen who offers the better value. Two successful free kicks in his last two games against West Brom and Sheffield United tell you all you need to know about the Dane’s threat from set-pieces; and with fouls in the final third almost a given between these two teams, he looks too good to ignore at prices of 7/2 to score at any point in the game.

The visitors, meanwhile, are currently finding goals all over the pitch and their current wealth of attacking options makes a first scorer very hard to predict. Having netted on his first Premier League start since returning from injury, Theo Walcott perhaps merits our attention at 15/2 to open the scoring, while Czech midfielder, Tomas Rosicky, also has a knack of scoring important goals against Spurs – though given he’s likely to only feature from the bench, he is a better anytime option at 6/1.

Given their respective form and league position, however, the safer options this week may be backing both teams to score at 13/20 or the game to finish 1-1 – which was the scoreline the last time that two teams met at the Emirates in September – which is available at tempting odds of 7/1.