The second part of this weekend’s Sky Sports Super Sunday programme comes from the Emirates Stadium in London where Arsenal and Tottenham face-off.
The latest instalment of this world-famous London derby, both halves of the divide go in confident they have what it takes to lay down an early marker and claim the three points and followers are set for a footballing treat.
ARSENAL HAVE STARTED WELL
Arsenal have enjoyed a stronger start to this season than their opponents and began the round in third place. Fans of The Gunners would dearly love to hold their ground between now and the end of the campaign, a top four finish and return to Champions League football being their number one priority.
Yes, they’d love to end their drought and win the Premier League title, but this season is about making progress and a top four finish would show the club are heading in the right direction, both on and off the park. They are favourites to win on Sunday with Bet Victor pricing the locals at a market best of 7/5.
SPURS STUMBLED OUT OF THE BLOCKS
Tottenham finished in the top four last term and reached the final of the Champions League, beaten by Liverpool on the big stage, but they have suffered a less than convincing opening month. Spurs are two points behind their hosts in the pecking order already, making this a match they can’t afford to lose if they are serious about ending higher than Arsenal and, more importantly, holding onto that top four berth and the European football that comes as a reward.
The Premier League title race was so fierce last season some would argue Tottenham are already outsiders to end on the top step. The away win on Sunday is 9/5 with Ladbrokes, a draw trading at 13/5 when getting your stake money down at bet365.
GUNNERS DOWNED BY LIVERPOOL
Arsenal opened their campaign for the season with a 1-0 win over Newcastle at St James Park on matchday one and they followed that with a home league debut cheer when hosting Burnley the following week. Both matches were closer than was expected before kick-off, a single goal the difference on each occasion, but The Gunners claimed the points and winning ugly is more important that performances at this stage.
They suffered their first defeat of the season when going down to Liverpool at Anfield last time out, ending on the wrong side of a 3-1 final score. A Reds win was predicted by many going into the weekend, but it was thought Arsenal would be a little more competitive than they were. Matip broke the deadlock on 41 minutes before a Salah double put the game to bed and there was nothing to play for by the time Torreira bulged the net at the other end for an 85th minute consolation goal.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery thought a second half penalty against his side was very soft but he did take confidence from the chances they created during the first 45 minutes and it’s now up to him to rally his troops and fire back with a big performance in the derby in front of a packed Emirates Stadium.
SPURS FAIL TO CONVINCE IN FIRST THREE
Tottenham’s form is evenly spread across one win, one draw and a single defeat in their three games so far. It wouldn’t be unfair to say we have learned nothing about their chances from what we’ve seen from Pochettino’s crew so far, but serious improvement is needed throughout the squad if they are to challenge for the major places. The manager’s hands are tied in terms of bringing in new recruits until January, but he can have no excuses as the board have backed him in the summer transfer window, splashing the cash.
They hammered Aston Villa 3-1 at home in the first game of the season but couldn’t build on that next time out. Pochettino took his men to Man City and they battled bravely to come away with a respectable 2-2 draw. Not the win they would’ve hoped for but not many teams come away from the Etihad with any points to show for their efforts. The team should be given the credit they deserve for that one.
Spurs were last seen losing 1-0 at home to a determined Newcastle who won the match thanks to a single goal scored on 27 minutes by new fans favourite Joelinton. Newcastle paid £40m from their transfer kitty for the player and hope he continues to repay them with big goals on the main stage. The beaten manager told members of the press he was very disappointed with both the performance and the result, especially conceding what he called a cheap goal early in the game.
HOSTS WON 4-2 HERE LAST SEASON
These sides met three times last season, twice in the Premier League and once on EFL Cup action. The head-to-head was an even split with Arsenal winning 4-2 at this venue last December before losing 2-0 in the cup. The bitter rivals couldn’t be separated in the final league encounter, ending 1-1 at Wembley, a goal from Harry Kane cancelling out an earlier effort from Aaron Ramsey.
A look at the specials betting markets shows you can back both teams to score again on Sunday at 1/2 with bet365, no both teams to score trading at 6/4 with the same firm. Those eager for their stake money to work a bit harder on their behalf can take 17/5 (Bet Victor) about both teams to score in a draw. That’s sure to attract a fair share of attention.
- Arsenal have beaten Tottenham by two clear goals in each of their last two home matches in the Premier League
- The hosts have conceded eight penalties in the league since last season
- Tottenham have scored at least once in their last four London derby matches vs Arsenal