Tottenham managed to keep a cool head when they played Liverpool on Saturday, the North London team even went 1-0 up at Anfield thanks to a well-worked goal finished off by Heung Min-Son. Harry Kane had a quiet night with him only having one off-target shot throughout 90 mins, Arsenal will be hoping that this will carry into their game but it seems unlikely considering The England striker is the top scorer in the history of the North London derby with 11 goals in 14 appearances.
Arsenal’s win against the 10-man Leeds means that they are currently four points ahead of Spurs, this obviously puts them in the driving seat, though a loss here would narrow the gap to one point and the Gunners would have Newcastle and Everton still to play. Arsenal can secure Champions League football next season with a win here, which could also see Spurs confined to the Europa League, depending on Chelsea’s result with Leeds on Wednesday night.
The North London derby has historically been Arsenal’s game to lose but in the past few years, we have seen Arsenal take a fall from grace and Tottenham get back up into the top four which has meant that it has become more of an even affair. Since the 2016/17 season, both teams have gained the same number of points from the last 11 PL head-to-heads, with an identical record of W4-D3-L4.
A key trend that has come from these 11 fixtures is that the home team has never lost and while that may come as a bit of a shock, the long-stated rivalry between the two teams means that the home fans really get behind their team more so than the majority of clashes in the league.
Both Teams To Score
Arsenal just edge their rivals in terms of scoring in this fixture over those 11 meetings, but there is still only one goal to split the two teams (Arsenal 16, Tottenham 15), this brings the match goals to 31, leaving us with an average of 2.82 goals per game.
Spurs are ahead in the clean sheet department with three whilst Arsenal only managed one (no 0-0 draws), and with the attacking threat that both teams currently possess we’d be surprised if that limited number of clean sheets was extended here. There has only been one clean sheet across the most recent seven of those meetings, and both teams scoring would be far from a shock here with so much on the line.
The visitors will look to exploit the wide areas with all of Japhet Tanganga, Serio Reguilon and Matt Doherty unavailable for this clash, so they’ll try and get the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the ball as much as possible to cause issues on the flanks, while they also have Ben White returning here in a much needed boost, though it’s unclear whether or not he’ll start from the off.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
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