Arsenal Host Spurs at the Emirates for the 148th North London Derby

Last updated: November 3, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 12:00pm
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: BT Sport
Home form: WDWWW
Away form: DDDWW
Last season: Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham
Competition: The Premier League

This Sunday afternoon marks the 184th time that these two old rivals go head to head in the North London Derby game. Arsenal are two places ahead of Tottenham in the league and lead by as many points, however Spurs still remain the only side that are yet to taste defeat in the omestic campaign. With the Gunners playing some of the most fluid, attack-minded football in the competition and Tottenham continuing to grind out the results, this one is set to be a riveting match up.

The home side have been playing some of the best, if not the best football we’ve seen so far this season both in Europe and in the domestic league. At times they’ve showed some vulnerability at the back, however in attack they’ve been close to unstoppable at times. They go into this fixture having not lost since the opening day of the season and having scored the second most goals in the Premier League. If Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott manage to prove their fitness ahead of Sunday’s game, then Wenger will have even more attacking options and goal scoring threats to experiment with.

Tottenham have also been impressive in the league this season; however, they’ve been on the wane a little of late. They haven’t managed a victory in their last six outings in all competitions, and they now face an uphill challenge in Europe after going down to Bayern Leverkusen at home earlier this week. This Sunday will be one of the sternest challenges they’ll face all season; if there was ever a time to get back to winning ways when better than against their oldest rivals away from home?

Team News

Santiago Cazorla still hasn’t recovered from the achilles injury that has kept him sidelined for the last few weeks. He did not make the team sheet in last week’s away fixture against bottom-place Sunderland and he’s not looking likely to pass a late fitness test ahead of the Derby on Saturday.

It’s also looking likely that Theo Walcott will be fit enough to be considered for selection this weekend. This will definitely make for some homework for Wenger as he’ll have to decide on whether or not to include Oxlade Chamberlain who has been playing well of late.

Spurs will be without their key man Harry Kane as they travel to the Emirates. Reports say that he’s still a week or 2 away from full match fitness.

Toby Alderweireld also won’t be availble for this weekend’s eagerly anticiapted Derby. The Belgian midfielder still hasn’t fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered against West Brom.

Expected line-ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Eriksen, Son
Subs: Gabriel, Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Holding, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Injured: Mertesacker, Pérez, Welbeck, Akpom
Doubtful: Santiago Cazorla
Not available: –
Tottenham (4-4-2): Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-min, Janssen
Subs: Vorm, Nkoudou, Trippier, Onomah, Winks, Davies, Carter-Vickers
Injured: McGee, Alderweireld,
Doubtful: Kane, Lamela
Not available: – Sissoko

So far this season

. . .
Arsenal this season Tottneham this season
1st League Position 5th
7 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (3)
4-1 vs Sunderland Biggest win 4-0 vs Stoke
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (2)
4-3 vs. Liverpool Biggest Defeat
Alexis Sanchez (6) Top scorer Son Heung-Min (2)
Alex Iwobi (3) Assist Leader Christian Eriksen (3)
Y14, R1 Discipline Y21, R0
2 Failures to score 1
4 Clean Sheets 5
6 Both Teams to Score Games 5
7 Over 2.5 Games 2
3 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • Arsenal are joint top of the Premier League with Man City and Liverpool with 23 points from 10 games. The Gunners haven’t lost since the opening weekend of the season and have only drawn twice since then.
  • Spurs are still at the top of the leaderboard for the team with the most clean sheets. They are joint 1st-place with Chelsea who have also played 5 fixtures without conceding.
  • Most of Arsenal’s games in the Premier League have been high scoring affairs. 7 of their fixtures have produced over 2.5 goals. The average goal count per game is 3.6
  • Tottenham are still the only team in the Premier League that still remain undefeated as we go into week 11 of the campaign. Their last 5 outings have all ended in a draw, and they’re also the team with the most drawn games (5).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
05/03/2016 Premier League Tottenham 2 – 2 Arsenal Ramsey Aaron 39′
08/11/2015 Premier League Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham Kane, Harry 32′
23/09/2015 EFL Cup Tottenham 1 – 2 Arsenal M.Flamini 26′
07/02/2015 Premier League Tottenham 2 – 1 Tottenham M. Ozil 11′
27/09/2014 Premier League Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham N. Chadli 56′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Current form would suggest that Arsenal go into this weekend’s fixture as the hot favourites, however history has proven that anything can happen when these two teams meet. The bookmakers are currently tipping Arsenal to win but are also showing pretty decent odds for an unexpected Tottenham victory. You could try betting against the odds and back a Tottenham away win where Ladbrokes are offering a price of 3/1. However if you’re want to play it a litte more on the safe side try going for an Arsenal to win with both teams to score for a little added value.