Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur? Take your pick. The first north London derby of the 2017/18 Premier League season will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon and it is proving quite difficult to split the two sides.
Spurs, currently third in the table at the time of writing, are four points clear of their old rivals but Arsenal have home advantage. It could be a memorable encounter...
And we’ve had plenty of memorable north London derbies over the years – it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see an exciting, entertaining contest on Saturday. So many of England’s big games tend to disappoint, so an open, end-to-end encounter would certainly go down well with the neutrals. Over 2.5 goals is well worth considering at 16/25.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli both missed England’s international friendlies with Germany and Brazil but Tottenham’s two main men could be back for this contest.
Mauricio Pochettino will have a game plan and that will alter drastically if either player is unable to take part. It hasn’t been the ideal preparation for Spurs but you’d like to think that both Kane and Alli will be raring to go.
Kane has been a thorn in Arsenal’s side in recent times and the Spurs star could add to his already impressive Premier League tally this weekend. At EVS, he is short enough given the recent news surrounding his injury woes but Kane remains Tottenham’s biggest threat in the final third.
Alli is surely also worth considering at 47/20 – his form throughout 2017 has been nothing short of sensational.
Arsenal fans, fear not: we’re not going to focus entirely on Spurs. The Gunners have been more or less perfect on home soil this season, winning every top flight encounter so far. If Arsene Wenger gets his team selection right, the hosts could be in business.
Olivier Giroud looks set to feature after passing a late fitness test but compatriot Alexandre Lacazette may be the one to watch. Forced to sit on the substitute’s bench for away trips against Liverpool and Manchester City, Lacazette could get the start here.
Arsenal’s club record signing is a 13/10 shot to score on Saturday and plenty of punters will be keen to back the Frenchman here. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could shine against Spurs’ usually rock solid defence – the visitors may struggle to immediately get back to top form following the international break.
It may seem a little clichéd to back the draw considering recent results in this fierce rivalry; the last three Premier League fixtures between the two clubs at the Emirates Stadium have all ended in a 1-1 draw. If you want to go full cliché, 888sport betting markets are pricing the correct score market at 23/4 for history to repeat itself once again.
And if I’m being honest, the 1-1 draw may well carry most appeal for correct score backers.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*