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The North London derby sees Spurs take on Arsenal in search of their first league win at the Emirates since 2010.


Arsenal vs Tottenham Premier League 2019/20

Venue : Emirates stadium

Date : Sunday, 1st September 2019

Kick-off : 4:30 PM BST



Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates for the first North London derby of the season with both sides looking to head into the International break with a much-needed win over their rivals.

Both teams head into this fixture with defeats as Arsenal conceded three at Anfield while Spurs suffered an embarrassing defeat to Newcastle at home.

Arsenal, despite losing 3-1 to Liverpool are very optimistic about their season and you can feel it from their fans. The Gunners have made a positive starts to their season winning their first two fixtures while the Liverpool game exposed some of their issues at the back. The signing of David Luiz to boost their defense is a work in progress as the Brazilian still looks rusty after giving away a penalty and also responsible for the third goal.

Spurs meanwhile, suffered an embarrassing defeat to the hands of Newcastle United at home. Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics were questioned at the end of the game as to why he decided to play four forwards and bench Christian Eriksen against one of the most defensive sides in the Premier League. Spurs had a frustrated evening as they were unable to break down the Magpies’ defense. This defeat adds to the disappointing stat for Spurs where Spurs have won only 4 out of their last 15 games while they haven’t won a single away game in 2019. Mauricio Pochettino after the Newcastle game stated that Spurs have an unsettled squad which doesn’t do any good for the lilywhites.


Head-to-Head

Arsenal and Spurs have met 54 times in the Premier League with the Gunners unsurprisingly dominate this fixture with 20 wins. Spurs have been victorious 12 times with both teams sharing points on 22 occasions.

The last encounter between both sides was in March this year where Arsenal got the lead through Aaron Ramsey while Harry Kane was on target from the penalty spot as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.


TEAM NEWS

Arsenal

Mesut Ozil, who missed the Liverpool game last weekend due to illness, should be back in contention for this game.

Hector Bellerin (knee), Kieran Tierney (groin), Konstantinos Mavrapanos (groin) are still on the sidelines but all three of them are hoping to return into action as early as September.

Rob Holding (knee) is back in first-team training but is unlikely to play any part in the North London derby.

David Luiz should continue to start at centre-back despite his poor performance against Liverpool as Shkodran Mustafi remains out of favor under Unai Emery.

Tottenham

Dele Alli is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury and he might make the bench for Sunday but Tanguy Ndombele and Kyle Walker-Peters are ruled out. This might give the opportunity for Serge Aurier to start at right-back.

New signing Ryan Sessegnon (thigh) and Juan Foyth (ankle) will remain out as they aim for September returns.



Player Form

The most in-form player right now for Arsenal is last season’s top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Auba scored in both of his first two games while providing an assist against Liverpool. Auba’s form has certainly reduced minutes for Alexandre Lacazette who played just 9 minutes against Liverpool. The French striker opened his scoring account against Burnley after he missed the opening game with an injury. Someone who could score his debut goal against Tottenham is Nicholas Pepe, who was very impressive against Liverpool but was not clinical enough to find the net.

For Tottenham, Son Heung-Min has looked the best player so far despite playing only one game. Son, despite missing the first two games through suspension, looked very sharp and direct as he made the pushed the goalkeeper to make some important saves. Apart from that, there hasn’t been much from the other players. Harry Kane, who scored a brace in the opening day game against Aston Villa, hasn’t done much after that. Kane was invisible against Man City and didn’t do much against Newcastle too. This has a lot to do with Christian Eriksen, who has been surprisingly left on the bench for the 2nd time in three games. Eriksen is Spurs’ best playmaker and when he plays he creates the chances for Kane and co to score.

Betting odds

PE Aubameyang to score anytime @ 5/4
Alex Lacazette to score anytime @ 17/10
Nicholas Pepe to score anytime @ 2/1
Harry Kane to score anytime @ 11/10
Heung-Min Son to score anytime @ 21/10
Lucas Moura to score anytime @ 12/5


Team Form

Arsenal come into the fixture from a 3-1 loss to Liverpool but the spirits remain high as the Gunners put on a fight which they can be proud of. In previous seasons, the Gunners had the habit of giving up once they conceded one or two goals but there’s something different about the Gunners this season. Arsenal have won their first two fixtures but lost the game against Liverpool at Anfield which is always going to be tough for any team travelling there.

Tottenham come in the worst form out of the two sides after they suffered an embarrassing defeat to Newcastle United at home last weekend. Spurs have played on the backfoot since the beginning of the season as they have conceded first in all three games and all goals have been conceded in the first half, which raise some serious questions about the Spurs’ defense.

Betting odds

Over 1.5 goals @ 2/11
Under 1.5 goals @ 9/2
Over 2.5 goals @ 3/5
Under 2.5 goals @ 6/4


Predictions

The North London derby is always a high intensity game with players from both sides stepping up to the occasion. Arsenal have a slight psychological advantage despite both sides losing their fixtures last weekend. Spurs, meanwhile have found it hard to break down the defense of opponents teams despite them scoring more goals than London rivals Arsenal. Both sides have been suspect equally defensively, so expect this to be an open games with lots of chances. While Arsenal have the home advantage, Spurs have proved they’re not afraid of playing away from home as we saw against Manchester City. With, the North London derby promising some good football, drama and late goals over the years, we expect this to be a very close encounter with Arsenal just having the edge over Spurs to get the three points.

Betting odds

Arsenal to win @ 31/20
Draw @ 11/4
Spurs to win @ 7/4

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