Arsenal v Tottenham: Fireworks after the break?
They say form goes out of the window when it comes to derby matches and Mauricio Pochettino would be delighted if that was the case coming into Sunday’s clash between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates. Injuries have impacted Spurs’ form but this match would be an ideal way to kick start after a poor run.
The visitors haven’t won any of their last six matches in all competitions with a midweek defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League adding to their Wembley woes. Paddy Power go 3/1 (4.0) that the visitors turn around their recent win-less run to pick up maximum points at the home of their fiercest rivals.
Arsenal are a shade of odds on at 19/20 (1.95) as they look to secure a fourth consecutive victory while the draw, which landed in both Premier League meetings between these two North London rivals last season, is a 5/2 (3.50) chance with the Irish firm.
Tottenham could welcome back last season’s top scorer Harry Kane who has missed 10 games through injury and his absence has certainly hampered Pochettino’s side in recent weeks. The England international is a 15/8 (2.88) shot to mark his potential return with a goal but team news is essential before placing such a wager.
Despite Tottenham having the best defensive record in the division, it’s just 8/13 (1.63) with Paddy Power that both teams find the net. That’s something which has happened in the previous five head-to-head meetings between the sides but it’s prohibitively priced for a single wager. Over 2.5 goals is a 4/6 (1.67) shot. This pick has landed in four of their previous five home league games this season with the exception being a goalless draw with Middlesbrough.
An angle worth considering in this game could be the second half to produce the most goals. The match is a 12 noon kick off in England and with both sides in midweek action, it could be a cagey start as neither side look to give anything away.
Arsenal have scored 52% of their goals after half time this season in the league and the same is true of 57.2% of Tottenham’s 14 strikes. It’s Evens (2.0) that there are more goals after half time than before and that looks a solid pick in what could be a tight affair early on and offers bettors the chance to double their money.
In a closely contested match such as this one the draw could be the best way to go if you’re struggling to make a convincing case for either side. It’s 5/2 (3.50) which isn’t unappealing but for those aiming for a long odds selection to follow, perhaps introducing goals could pay dividends.
Both teams to score and the draw on the BTTS and Match Result market is a 10/3 (4.33) pick. That’s something which has paid out in three of the past five meetings and it could well be the best value selection ahead of Sunday’s clash.