Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Arsenal welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, for what should be an entertaining game for the TV viewers on Sky Sports. Both of these teams lost last week, with the Gunners losing away at Liverpool, and Spurs being beaten at home by Newcastle United.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal squad could be boosted by the return of Mesut Ozil from injury, while Spurs will be without Ryan Sessegnon and Kyle Walker-Peters, who both have hamstring injuries. Eric Dier is also doubtful, but will be assessed closer to kick off.
Five of the last 14 goals scored in Premier League games between these teams have been penalty kicks. It is also worth noting that Spurs have lost just two of their last 10 league matches against the Gunners, winning five and drawing eight in that run.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction: Gunners 1-1 Arsenal
Neither of these teams has really hit top form yet this season, and both will have had their confidence hit by those defeats last weekend. That makes this game an interesting test of both sides’ mentality, and fans will want to see a swift reaction to last week’s disappointment. We suspect that this might result in something of a stalemate, especially given the high pressure nature of north London derbies. Fear of making a crucial error may shape the way the players approach the game, and we think that that sort of caution will result in a low-scoring draw.
Our recommended tip: Draw, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Coral, who are offering odds of 16/5 on the game being a draw with both teams scoring. This looks like a good bet to us as it matches our prediction of a 1-1 draw perfectly. Those odds also represent pretty good value for an outcome that we suspect is very likely indeed. Betting on this market also gives you a great deal of flexibility when it comes to the precise final scoreline. Both teams were beaten last weekend and could focus this weekend on not losing to their closest rivals rather than winning.
These teams have met on 54 previous occasions in the Premier League, with Spurs winning 12 of those games and Arsenal 20. There have been 22 draws in Premier League games played between these sides. Out of the Premier League games played at Arsenal, the Gunners have won 15 and Spurs just five.
Last season, the sides met twice in the Premier League. The first meeting was at the Emirates Stadium in December last year. Arsenal won the game in pretty convincing style, triumphing 4-2. In the second game, played at Wembley in March, matters finished up all-square at 1-1.
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Players to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Harry Kane
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has started the season in decent form, as he leads the Arsenal offensive line once again. The Gabonese international has struck two goals in his three Premier League appearances so far in 2019/20, and will be looking to add to that tally on Sunday afternoon. Both his goals have come with his right foot, which is something for the Spurs defence to note. He has passed the ball 74 times so far this season, and has provided nine crosses.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has started the season in good form, having hit two goals in his three Premier League appearances so far this season. One goal has come with his right foot and one with his left, and he has not scored with his head yet, or from the penalty spot. Out of his 10 shots on goal, just two have been on target. Perhaps significantly, he has also crossed the ball for his team-mates five times.