Kick-off: 1630, 01/09/2019
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal have won the last couple of Premier League north London derbies played at Emirates Stadium and get the nod to see off Tottenham there again on Sunday.
Both teams tasted defeat last weekend, but the Gunners battled gamely in a loss at Liverpool, whereas Spurs seemed disjointed when upset by Newcastle on home turf.
Unai Emery can prepare for this game in better spirits and 7/5 for his side to come out on top is our opening Arsenal vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Having begun the campaign with narrow wins over Newcastle and Burnley, Arsenal were given a reality check when beaten 3-1 at Anfield.
However, after Joel Matip’s opener was followed up by a Mohamed Salah brace, the Gunners did not give up and grabbed a consolation strike through Lucas Torreira.
From an attacking point of view, £72million summer signing Nicolas Pepe, on his full debut, offered some hope as well.
“There is frustration always but I think you also have to be intelligent and mature to understand we did a lot of good things and we could have scored two or three goals before they did,” said David Luiz.
“It is always difficult to play there. Not many teams will go there and get points. I think you have to be clever to take the positive things and think about the future.
“This club has the potential to shine like it has shone in the past. We have a lot of talent, we have players with a lot of quality.”
We were encouraged by the way Arsenal did not capitulate under pressure and kept their shape, although there were still some sloppy defensive errors.
Looking at the Arsenal vs Tottenham odds, let’s go with 27/10 for a home win and both teams to score.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Sokratis, Monreal, Luiz, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Pepe.
Arsenal have Mesut Ozil available for the north London derby. The Germany playmaker has yet to feature this season due to safety concerns and then illness, but he has trained all week.
Rob Holding (knee) is back in training but will not feature, while Hector Bellerin (knee) and Kieran Tierney (groin) will return to training after the international break.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham left it late before getting the better of Aston Villa and were then extremely fortunate to pick up a point at Manchester City.
Even so, Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle in London came as a shock, with the hosts unable to respond to Joelinton’s 27th-minute strike.
As if that disappointing defeat wasn’t bad enough, there were even more worrying signs to come from Mauricio Pochettino’s post-match press conference.
The Argentinian fears transfer speculation surrounding a number of his players has led to some patchy performances on the pitch.
“I think this is my sixth season and the most unsettled group we are working with,” said Pochettino.
“We knew that some situations like this would happen, but for us and the club it’s difficult to handle.”
The European window does not close until after this contest, so it is tempting to take Spurs on at Emirates Stadium.
Let’s finish off our Arsenal vs Tottenham betting tips by taking 9/1 for a 2-1 home victory.
Last Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Rose, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Winks, Lamela, Sissoko, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane.
Tottenham are without record signing Tanguy Ndombele due to a thigh issue. Right-backs Juan Foyth (ankle) and Kyle Walker-Peters (hamstring) are out and possible stand-in Eric Dier (hip) is a doubt.
Ryan Sessegnon is nearing a return from a hamstring injury but is still waiting for his first Spurs appearance.
Liverpool 3-1 ARSENAL – Lucas Torreira
TOTTENHAM 0-1 Newcastle
Head-to-head: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham, Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
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