Arsenal vs TottenhamEnglish Premier League, KO: 16:30 Sep 1, 2019, Emirates Stadium
THE north London derby is notorious for drama and another scintillating showdown should be in store on Sunday when fierce rivals Arsenal and Tottenham go toe-to-toe.
Goals are all but guaranteed in the capital when these two foes fight it out and the bookmakers believe Arsenal will outscore Spurs on this particular occasion with a home win favoured at 7/5 (BetVictor)
Both sides played out a draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium towards the back end of last season and a repeat of that outcome is available at 13/5 (Unibet) whereas a Tottenham triumph pays as high as 2/1 (Unibet) with the same firm.
Mauricio Pochettino's men have failed to win a Premier League fixture since the opening weekend of the campaign when they staged a late comeback to see of newly-promoted Aston Villa.
Thereafter, a controversial last-gasp VAR call landed the Londoners a valuable point at the home of champions Manchester City, however Tottenham's good work from the first two rounds of fixtures was abruptly undone following last Sunday's shock 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Arsenal also enter this derby having suffered a defeat in their last outing – a 3-1 loss at Anfield to Premier League pacesetters Liverpool.
Prior to last Saturday's setback on Merseyside, Unai Emery's men were sitting pretty with six points from six after recording narrow wins over Newcastle and Burnley respectively.
Aresenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted in each of those victories and in doing so has taken his overall tally for the Gunners to a tremendous 43 goals in 64 games.
The Gabon hitman hit the opening goal when these bitter rivals battled it out at the Emiraters last term and Aubameyang is 9/2 (BoyleSports) to the repeat the feat on Sunday, however I'm more attracted to the Evens (BoyleSports) on offer for Aubameyang to have two or more shots on target against Pochettino's patched up defence.
Consequently, the Tottenham backline could have their work cut out in trying to contain Aubameyang and Co and as such cards could flow in what is traditionally a fiery fixture.
Martin Atkinson is the man in the middle for this meeting and history shows that when these two tussle, names are taken – the north London derby averages 4.3 cards per game.
Expect this derby to be no different and there are plenty of candidates who could find their way into Atkinson's notebook – too many to mention in fact.
Loose cannon David Luiz 12/5 (Bet 365) has been booked in both of his Arsenal appearances to date, however better value could lie with Spurs left-back Danny Rose 7/4 (William Hill) who could be susceptible to a customary caution when trying to tame the tricky Pepe.
However, expect the aforementioned Luiz and his defensive colleagues to be kept busy against a Spurs attack that struck twice at the Etihad a fortnight ago.
Furthermore, Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has scored seven times in the last eight Premier League encounters played out between these enemies and the Englishman appeals at 5/4 (Unibet) to find the net at the Emirates.
Yet, Tottenham appear to have been written off by most ahead of this derby, perhaps due to the fact that they only won once in 26 Premier League trips to their north London neighbours, however I wouldn't be surprised to see Spurs take something from this spectacle.
With an abundance of collective firepower and two ropey rearguards on display, it could be raining goals in north London – and that is reflected in the nominal 1/2 (WIlliam Hill) on offer for both teams to score.
However, an alternative angle to consider in sourcing value from a potential goalfest is to combine both teams to score with over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (Bet 365)
This English Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham will be played on Sep 1, 2019 and kick off at 16:30