The first game of the weekend in the Premier League is also the biggest, with Tottenham Hotspur hosting Arsenal in the North London Derby at Wembley Stadium. Local bragging rights are up for grabs in what is sure to be a fiery encounter which both sides can ill afford to lose in their pursuit of Champions League qualification. Spurs head into the weekend in 5th place, a point behind Chelsea, whilst Arsenal are a further four points back and know that another defeat would put a huge dent in their Champions League aspirations.
When: 12:30PM, Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Spurs were involved in a real Premier League classic on Sunday as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool in front early on, before Victor Wanyama levelled things up with a rocket from 30 yards. The game ended in dramatic circumstances as Harry Kane missed a penalty before Salah scored another goal which looked to have given Liverpool all three points. The drama was not finished though as Spurs won another penalty in injury time which Harry Kane converted to grab a late draw. New signing Lucas Moura may appear on the Spurs bench on Saturday morning and other than Toby Alderweireld, they have a fully fit squad to choose from.
It was exciting times for Arsenal last weekend as new signings, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were both heavily involved in their 5-1 win against Everton. Aaron Ramsey scored his first ever Premier League hat trick in the game and Arsene Wenger will have been delighted with his sides performance. Petr Cech suffered an injury in the game and will be a fitness doubt heading into the match, but Nacho Monreal is expected to recover from illness in time for the game.
1. Arsenal have a poor record away from home this season, winning just 3 of their 13 matches away from The Emirates.
2. Spurs on the other hand, have lost just one of their 13 matches at home this campaign.
3. Harry Kane remains the top scorer in the Premier League with 22 goals.
The North London derby is one of the biggest games in English football and this Saturday’s match has all the hallmarks of being another classic. Neither team can really afford to lose here and I think that will be reflected on the pitch. Arsenal have a shocking record away from home this season and I think that will hold them back here, so I’m backing a Spurs win.
Betting Tips (Coral)
Tottenham start this game as favourites at EVENS, whilst an away win for Arsenal is priced up at 5/2, with the draw available at 11/4. I fancy Spurs at those odds, but if we’re looking a bit further into it, BTTS at 4/9 looks a little bit too short to me, so I’d be steering clear of that. A better bet would be Harry Kane to score at anytime at 5/6, with the England striker loving North London Derby matches, having scored 19 goals in 28 games against The Gunners.
Spurs to Win – EVENS (Coral)