Tottenham VS Arsenal Prediction
This time we have Super Saturday in our football schedule, and the weekend action will starts with one from the most notorious football rivalries in England – Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal, game which is also known as the “North London derby”. Their first meeting in 2015 will be held on “White Hart Lane”, where “Spurs” will have the home advantage on their side and we will see how capable Mauricio Pochettino is to achieve success against Arsene Wenger, who has much more experience from his Argentinian opponent in these type of challenges.
Both teams will enter in the 180th edition of The North London derby, where “Spurs” and “The Gunners” have pretty solid rivalry, which dates from 4 December 1909, when Arsenal won with 1:0 over Tottenham. “The Gunners” are the team with more success and trophies in the history of these two clubs, but we have some amazing moments when both teams are involved head to head – Biggest ever win in the derby of North London was in Arsenal’s favour, and it dates from March 1935, when Arsenal won over Tottenham with 6:0. Almost 80 years later, on 7th of February, Tottenham will be in search of their first victory over Arsenal since March 2013, when “The Spurs” won with 2:1 in a Premier League clash, while Arsenal won in three from their next four matches. Actually Pochettino ended the poor form of “Spurs” against their rivals, and the 1:1 draw on “Emirates Stadium” earlier in the season has marked the 48th draw between both sides. Arsenal leads confidently in the overall stats – 77 wins for “The Gunners” against only 54 for Tottenham.
Their most recent meeting was from 27th of September, when both teams did not show their best efforts, and the game ended 1:1 – Nacer Chadli scored the first goal for “Spurs” in 56th minute, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored for Arsenal 18 minutes later. However, this was their first meeting in which both teams have scored since the last success of Tottenham, when “Spurs” won with 2:1 in March 2013. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon were the scorers for Tottenham back then, but now they both aren’t in the team. And if we know well about the extremely expensive transfer of Gareth Bale in Real Madrid, in summer of 2013, than we should mention that Aaron Lennon switched to Everton in the last hours of the winter transfer window, on loan, after 10 years on “White Hart Lane”.
Before game number 180 between the North London rivals, both clubs are right behind the fourth placed Southampton, and they both aim for top 4 finish, which will secure them place in the Champions League group phase, or in the Champions League play-off rounds, where Tottenham can’t find his place since season 2010/2011, when “Spurs” reached the quarter-finals, after finishing on fourth place in the English Premier League in season 2009/2010, which was the first time Tottenham finished above Liverpool since 1971.
Few years later “Spurs” looks determined to fight for the top positions, and their form is quite good – 4 wins and just 1 defeat (London derby vs Crystal Palace) in their last 6 EPL fixtures. Their only draw in these 6 games was against another team in contention for the Champions League spots – Manchester United.
Arsenal are on fifth position and the only indicator, which makes them behind “The Saints” from Southampton is the worse goal difference – 44:25 (+19) against 37:17 (+20) for Southampton. Tottenham waits for mistake by both teams and “The Spurs” are holding sixth position with 40 points, with two points more from Liverpool, and four from another London rival – West Ham.
Expectations, possible lineups and betting prediction for the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 07.02.2015
Both teams were involved in some low scoring affairs in the last two season, and we don’t have more than 2 goals in their last four meetings. Usually we know this rivalry with some spectacular games from the last years and some of them deserve to be mentioned – Two 5:2 wins for Arsenal from February and November 2012, 4:4 draw from October 2008, and the 3:3 draw from April 2011, which was on “White Hart Lane”.
Current form of both sides is pretty good and Arsenal will enter in this derby with five wins in their last 6 EPL matches. “The Gunners” won in their last 3 Premier League games, scoring 10 goals in them, without to concede. Great defending from “The Gunners” in the last few rounds, which will want to continue their positive performances vs Tottenham.
“The Spurs” will take on against Arsenal after convincing 3:0 win over WBA on “The Hawthorns” in their last round fixture, in which Harry Kane impressed again. The 21 years old English striker scored his goal number 10 in the Premier League, which makes them the second English player with most goals (after Charlie Austin from QPR). Another good impression was made by Christian Eriksen, who scored again from a free kick and the Danish attacking midfielder of Tottenham is the midfielder with most league goals – 9 in 23 appearances.
“Spurs” can enter in the derby without any injury concerns (so far), while Arsenal are with their usual injury list from last months – Arsene Wenger can’t count to Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and to the goalscorer from the previous derby – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are doubtful, but it’s very likely that they both will return on the field. We will see how fit Welbeck is for a place in the starting squad, but Olivier Giroud shows good form and he should start on top of Arsenal’s attack.
Our expectations are related with goals – after last four “unders”, this time we will pick the “over” – our bet for the North London derby is for “Over 2.5 Goals” between Tottenham and Arsenal. High stakes.
Possible starting XI:
Tottenham – Lloris – Rose, Vertonghem, Fazio, Walker – Mason, Bentaleb – Eriksen, Dembele, Lamela – Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Arsenal – Ospina – Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal – Coquelin, Ramsey – Sanchez, Cazorla, Özil – Giroud. (4-2-3-1)