Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has moved to dismiss Tottenham’s hopes of plundering maximum points in this weekend’s north London derby.
“I don’t see anything but an easy Arsenal win,” he said, “I just don’t think Tottenham are very good.”
Feel that burn Spurs.
You can bet Merse has steered clear of the 15/4 about the Lilywhites prevailing at the Emirates, but that doesn’t make it the just course of action to take when placing your pre-derby wagers.
Tottenham can spear the local spoils, read on to discover why:
The Gunners looked far from sturdy in the early exchanges.
Liverpool may have brushed Spurs aside, while projected strugglers Sunderland and West Brom have claimed a combined four points from their recent games with Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
But, aside from besting an Aston Villa team that was forced to battle a stomach virus as well as Arsene Wenger’s outfit, Arsenal have failed to win six of their last seven outings.
Spurs’ last defeat-dodging exploits at the Emirates came when they were friendless in the betting.
When they overturned a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in 2010/11 they’d won just one of the five matches that preceded it.
Similarly, the famous 4-4 draw the duo contested in Harry Redknapp’s maiden capital-city-northern-quadrant derby came after Spurs had failed to win all bar one of their opening eight matches of the 2008/09 season.
Away from home, Pochettino’s charges look far sturdier than they do at the Lane.
In four Europa and Premier League sojourns, travelling Lilywhites have yet to sample defeat.
The FA Cup winners, by contrast, have an injury-time Aaron Ramsey winner to thank for their solo domestic laurels-claiming of the season on the homestead so far.