Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview

December 2, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday afternoon’s Premier League fixture comes from the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur in the 196th North London Derby.

The Gunners go into the match on the back of an eighteen-game unbeaten run, while they ended a run of three straight league draws with victory at Bournemouth last weekend.

A win here would see them leapfrog their fierce rivals, though whether they would be in third place or fourth depends on how Chelsea get on against Fulham at Stamford Bridge earlier in the day.

Several first team regulars are expected to be recalled after Unai Emery rang the changes for the midweek victory over Vorskla Poltava.

Alexandre Lacazette, who was absent from last weekend’s win on the south coast faces a late fitness test ahead of kick-off while Mesut Ozil hasn’t featured since the draw with tr Wanderers three weeks ago.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 6.5 (11/2) to open the scoring with William Hill, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan a 11.0 (10/1) chance with some firms.

The home win is widely available at 2.63 (13/8) with the visitors as highly priced as the 2.75 (7/4) on offer from some firms. The draw can be backed at 3.7 (27/10).

Spurs have won their last six games in all competitions, with their latest league triumph coming over Chelsea – a result that ended Mauricio Sarri’s unbeaten start to life in England.

Victory here would see them, if only temporarily move level on points with second place Liverpool, who host Everton in the Merseyside derby later in the day.

Juan Foyth could return after being eligible for Wednesday’s Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven and fellow defender Jan Vertonghen is also in contention after returning to fitness.

Christian Eriksen could return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score the winner midweek though Erik Lamela is a doubt and Kieran Trippier remains sidelined.

Harry Kane is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 5.0 (4/1) with Son Heung-Min an 8.5 (15/2) shot with several firms.

Both of last season’s meetings between the sides ended in victory for the hosts to nil, and you can back that outcome this time around at 6.0 (5/1) while Bet Victor offer 3.0 (2/1) for just one or neither team to score.

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