Tottenham vs ArsenalEnglish Premier League, KO: 16:30 Jul 12, 2020, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
THE heat is on Jose Mourinho ahead of his first north London derby with Spurs predictably floundering under the Portuguese's leadership.
The listless 0-0 draw against relegation strugglers Bournemouth on Thursday night – in which Spurs failed to even register an effort on target – has brought a barrage of criticism and Mourinho's staid style looks increasingly outdated in the modern game.
The Cherries debacle could have been even worse for the Special One had Callum Wilson's late winner not been disallowed by VAR.
Mourinho's habit of constantly blaming his players is wearing thin and it looks like his Spurs tenure is already turning sour. Harry Kane was starved of service in midweek and the England striker won't hang about beyond the summer if the decline continues.
One crumb of comfort for Mourinho heading into this fixture is that most of Spurs' recent woes have come away from home, where they have picked up just one win in 11 attempts across all competitions.
At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, though, they have won two on the spin and Mourinho has never lost a home game against Arsenal, winning five and drawing four.
He'll look to continue that hoodoo over a Gunners side whose manager Mikel Arteta is also taking charge of his first London derby. Arsenal, in eighth, are just a point and a place above Spurs but the mood music around both clubs is markedly different.
Arteta, appointed in mid-December, is showing signs of promise in his first managerial role and is getting improvement out of a squad whose confidence had been shot to pieces by the time Unai Emery finally departed.
Arsenal's run of four straight wins was halted last time out by Leicester, but only after a 75th-minute red card for Eddie Nketiah gave the Foxes a numerical advantage that they capitalised on with Jamie Vardy's late winner.
How do the bookies view it?
Spurs haven't lost at home to Arsenal in the league since 2014, but this is the first time the sides have met at Tottenham's new stadium, and the absence of fans will deprive them of fervent backing against their biggest rivals.
The malaise of the Mourinho reign can't be discounted and Arsenal can leave without at least a point. The Gunners double chance and over 1.5 match goals looks a decent bet365 Bet Builder proposition at 5-6.
This fixture is usually a fiery affair and the fact it's behind closed doors shouldn't dilute that too much. Each team to pick up at least two bookies – a bet which has landed in the last four meetings – is worth backing at 21-20, also with bet365's bet builder.
And a guy frequently in the thick of the battle is Arsenal's Granit Xhaka. The combative Swiss international midfielder has been booked in five of the last six head-to-heads and I like the look of Unibet's 19-10 for Xhaka to be carded in this one.
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