Arsenal v Tottenham, Premier League

Harry Kane scoring the winner in last season's fixture
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Michael Brennan looks forward to Arsenal v Tottenham, Sun 2 December, 2.05pm, Sky Sports Main Event

Form:

Three of Tottenham’s last five games in all competitions, have seen both teams scoring. They have won four of their last five Premier League games with their sole defeat coming against Man City.

Arsenal’s supporters have seen both teams scoring in their last six Premier League matches. They have drawn three of their last five games in the league; however, they remain unbeaten in all competitions since losing their opening two Premier League fixtures to Man City and Chelsea.

The recent head-to-head record between the two sides makes for interesting reading. The last three fixtures have seen the home side win to nil. The previous three fixtures before were all draws with both teams scoring.

The recent form between the two sides this season would deter you from backing either team to win to nil. Arsenal have kept just two Premier League clean sheets this season. Tottenham meanwhile have managed to keep five; however, four have come against teams currently ranked 14th or lower in the league at the time of writing.

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The Match:

The team playing away from home has struggled to find much form in the North London Derby in recent years. The last away win in the fixture came back in 2014 with Tomas Rosicky snatching the winner for Arsenal at White Hart Lane. Tottenham have not won at the Emirates since 2010 in all competitions, a statistic spanning back 10 games.

Tottenham’s win over Chelsea last weekend was the first time they’d won back-to-back games against their London rivals in 31 years, so I would not let any longstanding statistics be a deterrent from backing either side on Sunday.

Arsenal’s form against London teams has been mixed this season: P4 W2 D1 L1. All of the games have seen both teams scoring and over 3.5 goals scored on each occasion.

Tottenham’s record against London teams has been nothing short of perfection so far this season in the league. They’ve won every game scoring eight goals in the process and conceding only twice.

Arsenal have been drawing at half-time in 10/13 league games this season and have yet to be in a winning position this season at half-time in the league. Tottenham have only been in a losing position at half-time in just 2/13 Premier League games this season. Whenever they have played away from home, Tottenham have not yet been in a losing position at half-time.

Harry Kane has been the man of the moment in the North London Derby in recent years. The Tottenham forward has registered 7 goals in as many league games against Arsenal. He has scored in six of his seven Premier League appearances against the Gunners. Finally, in the six games in which he has scored against Arsenal, he was registered as the First Goalscorer on three occasions.

Kane is currently the joint highest-top-scorer for a single club in the fixture in the league along with Robert Pires with seven goals and counting. He trails Adebayor as the all-time leading goalscorer in the fixture  – he scored 8 league goals between the two clubs (Arsenal 6, Tottenham 2).

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Team News

Arsenal – Monreal will miss the derby due to an ongoing hamstring injury, while Welbeck remains Emery’s only long-term absentee. Lacazette will be fit to return and play but Koscielny may miss out due to lack of match fitness.

Tottenham – Dembele, Sanchez and Wanyama will all miss the trip to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon due to various injuries. Trippier looks set to return from a groin injury.

Verdict

Tottenham’s current form should make them too strong for Arsenal on Sunday. Tottenham to win and both teams to score should be a popular selection, with both teams finding the net in Arsenal’s last six league games and in all of Arsenal’s games against London opposition this season.

Arsenal have not held a first-half lead in any league game this season and have been drawing in 10 of these games at half-time. Tottenham have yet to be behind in the league at half-time away from home this season. As a result, the ‘Half-Time / Full-Time’ market could prove a profitable approach to take.

Harry Kane has scored 7 of Tottenham’s last 9 Premier League goals against Arsenal. As stated above, his record against the Gunners is phenomenal and it will be one of the most confident Anytime Goalscorer selections I’ll make this season.

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