Match Betting (1x2)

Nothing quite beats a north London derby, with Arsenal and Tottenham having one of the most hated rivalries in English football. It used to be the Gunners who were comfortably the best team in this part of the capital, although times have changed more recently and it’s Spurs who qualified for the Champions League last season instead.

Unai Emery knows that a top four spot has to be secured this time around and this is an important fixture in terms of having a say in which team lands a top four spot in the Premier League. It is Arsenal who are slight favourites at 11/8 with bet365, with the home side likely to benefit from a raucous atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium which swept them to victory in this fixture last season.

As for Tottenham, it’s been a strange opening to the season for Mauricio Pochettino’s team and the manager seems troubled by the lack of signings at the club, while there’s a reasonable indication that Christian Eriksen could leave the club. Even so, the players are sure to be fired up for this derby and William Hill have 15/8 that we see the visitors celebrating come the final whistle.

The big problem is that Spurs looked toothless in their previous clash against Newcastle when losing 1-0 and they took a while to find their shooting boots against Aston Villa in their opening game of the campaign. 
At this moment in time, it would appear that the draw would be a welcome outcome and that can be backed at 13/5 with Ladbrokes, although there’s a slight preference for the home side.

First Goalscorer

Arsenal come into this game off the back of a 3-1 defeat at Anfield, although the Gunners had previously won their two opening matches and it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who found the net on both occasions.

The Gabon international is unsurprisingly trading as favourite to break the deadlock in this north London derby, with bet365 offering 4/1 that we see the striker produce his trademark somersault before any other player has found the net and we can be fairly sure that he will also be on penalty duties for the home team.

Another player who looked dangerous at Anfield was Nicolas Pepe, with the Ivory Coast international making several darting runs and perhaps he could endear himself to the Arsenal faithful by scoring in a big game like this, with the bookies generally offering 7/1 that he sends the home supporters into raptures by bagging the opener.

Spurs were lacking a real cutting edge against Newcastle which must have been a concern for Pochettino although Harry Kane is often the man for the big occasion and he will also be on penalty duties for a Tottenham side who will be out to prove a point before the international break.

Kane is 4/1 with bet365 to be the first name on the scoresheet, although it’s noticeable that the England captain has been dropping deeper for his team and it might be that Son Heung-Min could be the more likely predator in the box.

The South Korean international is 15/2 with bet365 and is the real danger man when it comes to any counter-attacks from the visitors.

Both Teams to Score

Last season’s match finished in a 4-2 scoreline and the Both Teams to Score backers were paid out very early, with the bookies reluctant to take a chance with the “Yes” option this time around. Bet365 go 1/2 which implies that there’s a really strong chance that both of these north London rivals will find the net during the course of the encounter.

While it’s difficult to envisage a tight encounter between two attacking teams, BetVictor offer an attractive 7/4 that at least one team fails to find the net and perhaps we will see a tighter encounter than last season considering what’s at stake.

Over / Under Goals

For those thinking that “Yes” on the Both Teams to Score market is prohibitively short, perhaps the 8/13 about Over 2.5 Goals could make more appeal and BetVictor have that price available. It doesn’t matter which teams score - as long as there are three or more goals scored, then you win with this bet.

Unibet have 8/5 about Over 3.5 Goals which means that you would win with this bet if four or more goals are bagged during this encounter, while Over 4.5 Goals is available at a bulky 19/5 with the same bookie.


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