Arsenal return to Premier League action after a hasty exit from the Capital One Cup, which left everyone wondering just how much longer their inconsistency will last. This Saturday, the North London derby has the same stakes for both teams; the loss of three points will destroy whatever form the teams might have picked up.
The Gunners’ recent loss to Southampton left the team with a lot of disappointment, and Arsene Wenger had to state that their two errors led to the goal “It’s disappointing because we had a good start and we made two unneeded errors on the two goals – and big ones.” Arsenal did have control of the match in the beginning, but lost it somewhere trying to also cover for a frail defensive line. For the match against Tottenham, Wenger hopes to have Gibbs and Mertesacker back: “You sit there and think: Gibbs had a little hamstring problem and we could not play him, Mertesacker is a bit on the edge, and then we have no choice.”
Tottenham might be displaying the same inconsistency as their opponents, but they only have seven points out of 5 matches as opposed to Arsenal’s nine. The visitors started off the Premier League in style, won two matches in a row then collapsed against Liverpool and West Bromwich. Mauricio Pochettino will not be able to start Walker and Townsend, still sidelined with different injuries. Last time the two teams met back in March Arsenal won with 0-1, but this time around it would be impossible to predict the winner due to recent results by both teams.
William Hill still favors Arsenal to win at 1.80, Tottenham at 4.20 and the draw at 3.75. The moneyback offer is available for this match should it finish in a goalless draw and you bet on the correct score. Both teams to score is at 1.65, over 2.5 goals at 1.70 and Arsenal to lead after 60 minutes at 2.00. For this particular match we will make use of William Hill’s headline offer of Danny Welbeck to score and Arsenal to win at 4.00 and bet 5 units on it.
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
Tottenham: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Danny Welbeck to score and Arsenal to win