Nearly a century has passed since Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal battled it out in January 1921 in what was the first proper North London derby, following Woolwich Arsenal’s relocation to the north of the capital. Tottenham won 2-1 that day, yet whilst they are favourites to grab victory again against their fierce rivals a 100 years later, home fans should be cautious – this Premier League (PL) fixture has seen more draws (23) than all but one fixture in the competition’s history.
The ace up Tottenham’s sleeve may be in the dugout rather than on the pitch, as José Mourinho has guided ‘Spurs’ to just one loss this PL campaign (W6, D3, L1), and has lost just one of 17 personal managerial H2Hs vs Arsenal (W8, D8, L1). Combine that with Tottenham’s league-low average of 0.9 goals conceded per match, and the third-best shot conversion rate (17.5%), and it’s no surprise Spurs are early title-challengers.
With Tottenham winning their last four competitive home games, there probably couldn’t be a worse time for Arsenal to visit their city rivals – especially as the ‘Gunners’ have scored just once from open play across their last six PL matches (W1, D1, L4). In fact, Arsenal’s 13 points at this stage of a league campaign is their worst since recording 12 in 1981/82 – the start of the three-points-a-win era.
An average of just one goal scored per PL match – Arsenal’s worst at this stage since 1986/87 – means there are few positives for the visitors, although they have managed two consecutive PL away clean sheets (W1, D1). However, they haven’t achieved that in seven straight competitive H2Hs at Tottenham (W1, D2, L4).
Bookies have placed Tottenham for a win over the Gunners and you can stake on Betpay with odds of 2.15.
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal