Punters tuning in expecting another goal fest at the Emirates Stadium should end up being very disappointed.
Shrewd viewers who have correctly anticipated this low scoring affair will be rewarded with odds of 15/13 for under 2.5 goals.
It stinks of a winning bet.
Previous meetings between these two fierce rivals suggest buckets of goals being scored as this clash has produced more than any other fixture in Premier League history (124).
However, defences will be on top this time around.
Arsenal’s charge past Spurs last season to reach the top four came in a very different tactical fashion to what we usually expect from an Arsene Wenger side.
Their late surge to Champions League qualification was based around defensive discipline and organisation rather than flamboyant attacking excellence.
Scoring goals rather than conceding them was Arsenal’s main problem last season – notching fewer than two goals in 22 of their 38 league matches.
Wenger realised this lack of attacking firepower in the second half of the campaign and altered the way his side played, with more focus on defensive shape.
The Gunners ended the season with the second best defensive record in the league, conceding just 37 in 38 games and keeping 14 clean sheets.
It wasn’t vintage Arsenal but they went fourth and conquered again with Spurs trailing in their wake.
Although Andre Villas-Boas’ side finished the season with only the eighth best defensive record, they rarely conceded huge numbers of goals in each game.
Clean sheets may have been at a premium with only nine racked up over the season, but in 27 of their 38 games they only conceded one goal or less – a better defensive record in that department than champions Manchester United and Chelsea.
Furthermore, on only three occasions did they concede more than two goals in a single game.
This defensive brilliance has continued into this campaign.
Two solid shutouts have been achieved, first in their 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace then at White Hart Lane last weekend against Swansea.
The Lilywhites ended last season with a 1-0 win at Sunderland too, meaning that if they stop Arsenal from scoring at the Emirates it will be the first time in Premier League history that Spurs have kept four consecutive clean sheets.