Everything has come up in Arsenal’s favor this weekend, but can they avoid a banana skin on an away trip to face rivals Tottenham in the North London Derby on Sunday? Arsenal’s season really took off after a 3-1 win over Spurs in October, and so far even losing Gabriel Jesus to injury hasn’t slowed them down. Spurs are coming off a 4-0 drubbing of Crystal Palace which will give the team confidence and Harry Kane loves playing in these high-stakes rivalries, but what Antonio Conte wants is someone other than Kane involved in the attack.
Heung-Min Son has not played this season, scoring in just two league games, making the dynamic duo of Son and Kane more of a father pulling a cart with his child in it. If Son turns up, Spurs can certainly secure a point, but with Arsenal’s balanced attack they are odds on favourites.
Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah can all hurt you, and if Spurs spend too much time worrying about the front four, Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka will appear outside the box as if in reverse to get them to pay. Mikel Arteta has created a team that will not roll over in these games and it will show when it matters.
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- Date: Sunday 15 January | Time: 11:30 a.m
- placement: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — xLondon
- TV: None | Live streaming: peacock
- Odds: Tottenham +215; Draw +250; Arsenal +119 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured game | Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
Tottenham: Conte will be given an injury boost as Dejan Kulusevski could return to the fold for this game. Bryan Gil will likely start again, but Kulusevski will be a valuable team addition coming off the bench. It will come too soon for Richarlison, but midfielder Yves Bissouma will also return to attack. Rodrigo Betancur is another player who will face a late fitness test, but he is unlikely to feature in the match.
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Arsenal: Arteta has no new injuries to worry about. Saka has been on and off this season but is expected to play while Jesus is unlikely to feature until March for the team.
Set pieces will prove critical with Clement Lenglet and Kane scoring for Spurs but that will be canceled out by Saka and Gabriel Magalhaes. Pick: Spurs 2, Arsenal 2